National Security Reporting
The course will enhance participants’ journalistic and communication skills in reporting and conveying information on security issues. Participants will learn the importance of reliable reporting and the timely flow of information – all of which are vital elements for strong democracies in the Pacific. We examine the value of networks and relationships to access and convey information effectively.
What you will study
To provide training and support for Pacific journalists and communication managers in government to inform the public and policy makers about national and regional security issues, including greater insight into national security sensitivities and the security environment.
On successful completion of the course, participants will have:
→ An improved skill base — oral and written — for national security reporting and communication in the Pacific
→ A strong understanding of research / fact finding techniques to support evidence-based writing
→ An improved safety awareness and competence when operating in challenging environments
→ Enhanced skills to support a deeper conversation between journalist peers and government officials on security issues, including reporting constraints, ethics and traumatic situations
→ Access to ongoing mentoring relationships for journalists and communicators with an interest in national security reporting
→ Connection to a network of Pacific journalists and communicators who are interested in reporting on the topic of national security.
The PSC will deliver the course in two modes: distance and residential for Pacific island journalists and communication managers/officers. The course will combine four elements:
→ Reflection on the methodology of reporting security issues
→ Practical training in media reporting, personal safety, and protection
→ Mentoring in professional skills
→ Your chance to connect with a network of journalists orientated towards national security reporting.
As part of the course, all participants will have the opportunity to write and present on a security topic of importance to them/their organisation.
Participants of the Australia Pacific Security College courses are taught by a number of subject matter experts.