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About Koroi

Currently I am a Freelance Journalist Working out of the Solomon Islands. Before Freelancing I worked for six years with a local Television Station News Room it was called One Television Solomon Islands. Because it was a small station we had to do everything and anything that was required to keep the station and its programs going so I call it my Journalism Degree at the University of HArd Knocks. In the future I hope to work for and International News Organization that covers news in the Pacific. I see myself as a Pacific Island Journalist.

Koroi Hawkins APJC fellowship: online media education, inspiration and aspirations for the future

Koroi Hawkins learning the online media ropes...

Koroi Hawkins is new to online Journalism and learning it is both exciting and scary for him.


I am Koroi Hawkins is a journalist with eight years of traditional media experience in the Solomon Islands.

This is my first video shot using online media techniques ie shot and uploaded from smartphones to youtube, blogged and tweeted. Hurray I am an online Journalist, I can get a job after all traditional media dies a natural and inevitable death!

Thanks APJC I am learning so much so fast, I feel truly liberated.

Koroi Hawkins talks about his introduction to online and social media.

Koroi Hawkins learning the online media ropes...

Koroi Hawkins is new to online Journalism and learning it is both exciting and scary for him.

…Solomon Islands would be like a couple of decades behind in social media…

In the Solomon Islands the internet is a relatively new phenomena.

And if Australia is considered 2 or 3 years behind the UK and the US in terms of embracing the technology, Solomon Islands would be like a couple of decades behind.

So as an island journalist the concept of New Media is quite daunting for Koroi Hawkins.

Thanks APJC for my Australian Experience.


Koroi Hawkins

Koroi Hawkins Solomon Islands Journalist

Hallo, Talofa, Bula, Malolelei and Welkam.

My name is Koroi Hawkins. I am a Journalist from the Solomon Islands. A tiny country in the South Pacific with just a little over 600,000 people.

I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in an APJC Fellowship on Women Media and Economic Literacy in the Pacific.

There are 12 fellows from Papua New Guinea,  Solomon Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and Tonga and all of them are women. Except for me, the token male. (two other male counterparts made were unable to make it at the last minute.)


Today we have just been learning to use online and social media for Journalism and from now on I will be blogging and tweeting daily about my experiences in Australia and the lessons learned in Leadership, Financial Reporting, Women’s Issues and Economic Literacy.


Renee Barnes, teaching online Journalism, Social Media and Blogging to APJC Fellows.

Renee Barnes, teaching online Journalism, Social Media and Blogging to APJC Fellows.

We are now in the second week of the Fellowship and already I have learned so much about myself and my craft, all insights I hope to share in the weeks ahead.

Melbourne Night.

Melbourne Central on a cold winters night.

Also outside of the training room I have been exploring the wonderful City of Melbourne and have been blown away by the explosion of cultures, sights, sounds, smells and tastes that the City has to offer. I hope share some of these experiences as well.

APJC Fellows at Coranderrk Cemetery May 8 APJC Fellows gather around the grave of William Barak a revered Aboriginal Leader of the Wurundjeri Tribe.

Yesterday, we had the honour and privilege of visiting Coranderrk Station where we met the inspirational current generation of Aboriginal Women in Brooke Collins and Jacqui Wandin who are part of the ongoing fight in Victoria and all around Australia for the recognition and preservation of the culture and history of First Australians and protecting the rights of their descendants in generations to come.

Koala at the Healesville Sanctuary

An Australian icon takes a power nap at the Healesville Sanctuary.

And finally you can’t say you have been to Australia if you haven’t met the real Australian icons the Kangaraoo, the wombat and of course the cute but surprisingly sleepy Koala.(Apparently the gum leaves are a mild narcotic.. dont try and chew them while driving!).

The APJC Fellowship is truly a fascinating and worthwhile program and it is about to get even better with a visit to Canberra coming up next week and meetings with influential Women Leaders including Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, and Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja.

All that and more coming up next week and I would like to take the time here make special mention of my beloved wife, Margaret Kori Maealasia, for her sacrifice and commitment in looking after our four beautiful children, so that I could attend this fellowship.

And to Effie Hawkins, Happy Mothers Day Mom, thank you for all you taught me and all your sacrifices that made me the man I am today.

Happy Mothers Day weekend to all and have a safe and blessed weekend.