Scholarships support media understanding of Asia and its peoples

9 February 2015

Aspiring newspaper journalist Solbin Kang has been awarded the 2015 Kiwi Asian Journalism Scholarship.

The $5,000 scholarship is offered by Asia New Zealand Foundation to help encourage Asian New Zealanders to pursue journalism as a career. Kang will be studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism at Massey University this year.

Kang moved to New Zealand from South Korea with her parents when she was three years old. “Being a Korean New Zealander and bilingual in English and Korean has allowed me to take an interest in how the Asian community is portrayed in New Zealand media,” she says.

She has already had more than a dozen articles published as part of internships she undertook as part of her Bachelor of Communication degree, which cemented her interest in journalism.   

The 2014 Kiwi Asian Journalism Scholarship recipient, Alisa Yong, now works as a police reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age newspaper. She was the top student on Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism course in 2014.

Meanwhile, the following New Zealand journalists have been awarded Asia New Zealand Foundation scholarships to undertake work placements in Asian newsrooms this year:

  • Anna Bradley-Smith, Nelson Mail ­– Deccan Herald, India

  • Eva Corlett, AUT University journalism graduate – Jakarta Globethrough the Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesia Studies Journalism Professional Practicum

  • Jessy Edwards, Massey University journalism graduate – CNBC Asia in Singapore

  • Catherine Gaffaney, NZME news service ­– Bangkok Post, Thailand

  • Craig Hoyle, MediaWorks – International New York Times in Hong Kong

  • Kirsty Lawrence, Taupo Times – Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesia Studies Journalism Professional Practicum

  • Paul McBeth, BusinessDesk – Shanghai Daily, China

The Asia New Zealand Foundation’s media programme is dedicated to improving coverage of Asia and Asian people in the New Zealand media. The Foundation provides grants and journalism placements to help New Zealand journalists travel to – and learn more about – Asia.