Historical Experience for SI Woman Journalist

Elizabeth Osifelo Reporting on Arafura Games in Australia

Elizabeth Osifelo from the Solomon Islands (front row, right) worked alongside ABC journalist Shannon Byrne and participants from the Philippines at the Arafura Games.

SOLOMON Islands sports journalist Elizabeth Osifelo and two fellow women reporters from the Philippines have been embedded with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in Darwin reporting on the Arafura Games.

The event is an international multi-sport event in Australia’s Northern Territory, showcasing the region’s unique arts, culture, history, trade and investment opportunities.

Elizabeth Osifelo, former president of the Journalism Student Association at the University of the South Pacific, was able to showcase her reporting skills at the event. Osifelo, who hails from Malaita, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce – Majoring in Human Resource Management and Journalism.

Osifelo said she hoped the experience at the Arafura Games will have an impact in her home country.

“Being a part of the ABC’s Women in News and Sport (WINS) initiative meant a lot to me because sports reporting is dominated by men especially here in the Solomon Islands,” she said.

“This initiative gave me the skill and confidence to cover any sport discipline, we did live crosses for ABC Darwin on a daily basis, covering different events.

“There is a huge gap in women in news and sports in the Solomon Islands and I hope to compliment male reporters in this area. The WINS initiative has definitely given me the platform to perform and raise the standards of women in sports reporting”.

The women were mentored by ABC sports broadcaster Shannon Byrne for the duration of the eight-day event (26 April to 4 May 2019). After two days of intensive training, the journalists went into the field, gaining hands-on experience at various Games venues around the city.

The WINS initiative is run by ABC International Development and funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through the Australian aid program. WINS aims to increase opportunities for women in sports journalism and, through those opportunities, increase coverage of women in sport.