Media Fellows Attend the International Coral Reef Symposium
Every four years the International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) sanctions a major international scientific conference which provides the latest knowledge and leading edge technologies about coral reefs worldwide. In July 2012, the world's leading natural scientists, resource managers, conservationists, economists, educators and graduate students will meet together in Cairns to progress coral reef science, management and conservation at the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS).
SeaWeb is coordinating the media program for ICRS, including organizing a media fellowships program to give journalists an opportunity to attend ICRS, gain access to leading scientists in their field, attend press briefings on the latest scientific findings, and join a field trip to see firsthand the threats to coral reefs. This year, 11 media fellows will be attending ICRS to cover the proceedings of the Symposium and report on the latest coral reef science.
The fellowship is supported by The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Coral Triangle Support Partnership (CTSP), the WWF Coral Triangle Programme and the Pacific Island Countries Participation Fund (PIC Fund), which is part of the New Zealand Aid Programme.
The 2012 ICRS media fellows are:
Kristine L. Alave
Kristine L. Alave is a reporter for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Philippines' largest newspaper. She currently covers the environment, agriculture, and weather beats for the Inquirer. Before joining the Inquirer, Kristine covered trade issues for BusinessWorld. Aside from reporting on the environment, she also writes cultural criticism pieces for
Stevie Emilia is currently the Sunday Post editor at the largest English newspaper in Indonesia, The Jakarta Post, and has taken up different posts and written different stories, from politics to lifestyle, for the daily. She picked up interest to write environment stories after getting fellowship to study environment in Berlin, Germany in 1998 and has been considered as one of the paper’s leading environment writers since, including in writing the daily’s environment-related editorial. Emilia has won awards and covered many conferences, including the UN climate change conference, and is the Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) fellow and a member of the extensive Earth Journalism Network (EJN).
Antonio Febu da Silva
Antonio Febu da Silva has worked as a journalist for more than five years covering oil and natural gas and its impact on the environment, as well as biogas, coral triangle issues, social, culture and art. Da Silva is currently assistant producer of Crescendo Music Entertainment Program at Radio e Televisao de Timor-Leste - RTTL,ep. He studied in Jember University of Indonesia, agriculture department and is currently studying International Relations at Univercidade da Paz Timor-Leste. 'Between Grace and Curse' the Radio Feature was nominated for Balibo Five - International Center For Journalism - ICFJ award, oil and gas issues.
Steve Leahy has been an independent, environmental journalist for nearly 20 years, whose writing has been published in dozens of publications around the world including National Geographic, New Scientist, The London Sunday Times, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Maclean’s Magazine, Earth Island Journal, The Toronto Star, Wired News, Audubon, BBC Wildlife, and Canadian Geographic.
Based outside of Toronto (Uxbridge), Leahy is the International Science and Environment correspondent for the Rome-headquartered Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS), the 6th largest global news agency. Leahy’s IPS articles are published in more than 500 newspapers and magazines all over the world reaching an estimated 200 million readers in up to 20 languages. IPS news is also broadcast by over 1000 radio stations, potentially targeting over 150 million listeners.
Tan Cheng Li
Tan Cheng Li is the environment editor at The Star, an English daily in Malaysia. Her responsibilities include planning and coordinating the environmental coverage at the features section. The paper dedicates between three and five pages for environmental features every Tuesday.
Li is also involved in planning the company’s environmental campaigns and projects. This year, they are funding the activities on a Malaysian island by an NGO called Ecoteer. This group relies on volunteers to conduct marine conservation projects on the island.
Pita Ligaiula became a journalist in1999 after completing high school. He worked for seven years as a radio journalist with the Fiji Broadcasting Cooperation (FBC) before joining PACNEWS. During his stint with FBC, he rose from the ranks of a cadet reporter to a senior journalist, heading the vernacular news department. He was responsible for the daily news output and production of current affairs radio programme. He covered two national elections and anchored a number of broadcasts of national events by the national broadcaster.
Ligaiula is also the Associated Press (AP) stringer in Fiji. He won the Associated Press’s Beat of the Week award in 2010. Currently, Ligaiula is a senior journalist for PACNEWS and is responsible for the content of the three daily bulletins of Pacific news transmitted to members and subscribers. PACNEWS is the premier regional news agency of the Pacific region, covering 21 Pacific island states and beyond. He is also responsible for uploading and updating the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) website: www.pina.com.fj.
Moffat Mamu is a senior reporter with the Solomon Islands' largest daily newspaper, The Solomon Star, based in Honiara. Mamu joined the paper as a student in late 2002 and became a full time reporter after graduating from the University of the South Pacific (USP) in 2004. He attained his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree majoring in Journalism and History/Politics. He writes for the business and environmental section but was recently appointed acting editor, though he continues to write about environmental issues.
His contribution in the environmental reporting has landed him four awards: Twice by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) based in Tokyo, Japan - a sister organization of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and twice by South Pacific Environmental Program (SPREP). These awards were for his contribution in raising issues of climate change and ocean in the Asia- Pacific region.
Wesley Manuai is a senior reporter with PNG’s National Television Service-Kundu 2, which he joined in 2010. Previously, he worked for PNGFM Limited, parent company of NauFM, YumiFM and Legend FM, a radio station network for 5 years, and Ok Tedi Mining Limited, one of PNG largest Copper Mine for 2 years. Manuai attained a Diploma Certificate in Communication Arts-Journalism from Diving Word University.
Manuai’s specific rounds of reporting are Politics, Finance and Economy, Climate Change and Environment, and a little bit on Sports. He is responsible for writing and editing scripts for both Radio and TV, TV Editing, Video Camera Handling and other tasks as assigned by Editors.
Doddy Rosadi dedicated himself as a journalist since 1999. His educational background is in International Relations which he studied at Bandung West Java college, though his true passion is in reading and writing so he became a journalist. Rosadi started as a print journalist in one of Jakarta’s local newspaper called “Suaka Metro”. He then decided to try his luck as a radio journalist. Rosadi has been working for for Kantor Berita Radio68H for 11 years, and has taken on the responsibility of uploading news to website, as News Manager of the KBR68H website.
Henrylito Tacio is a a multi-awarded journalist from the Philippines based in Davao. He was named Hall of Fame in science reporting by the Philippine Press Institute in 1999. That same year, he was given the Journalist of the Year by the Rotary Club of Manila. Tacio has also received journalism awards from the Philippine Agricultural Journalists, Inc. and was one of the winners in the climate change contest sponsored by the Earthsavers Movement and the United Nations Environment Program.
Currently, Tacio writes for various international (Reader's Digest, People and the Planet, and Gaia Discovery), national (Philippine Graphic, Health and Lifestyle, and Manila Bulletin), and local (Sun Star Davao, Punto, and The Daily Guardian News) publications.
Timoci Vula is the senior reporter with The Fiji Times - Fiji’s national newspaper headquartered in the Capital City, Suva, and Deputy Chief of Staff. Vula has been a reporter since March 2002 starting as a cadet reporter at the now defunct Fiji Daily Post newspaper. Vula joined the Fijilive website news team as a senior reporter before joining The Fiji Times in 2009 to date.
For ICRS 2012 media resources, visit www.icrs2012mediaportal.com.
More information about the International Coral Reef Symposium at www.icrs2012.com.
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