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Joshua Mcdonald

Joshua Mcdonald

Joshua Mcdonald is an award-winning multimedia journalist based in Melbourne, Australia.

Joshua Mcdonald is an award-winning multimedia journalist based in Melbourne, Australia, reporting on international relations, social issues, and health across Australia, the Pacific, and South Asia. His work has been featured in a number of renowned media outlets including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Guardian and Al Jazeera.

Prior to moving to Australia, Joshua worked primarily as a photojournalist focusing on health in the Middle East and Central America. He is also a member of SOPA image agency based in Hong Kong.

 

Posts by Joshua Mcdonald
April 05, 2021

Heavy Rains Over Easter Weekend Flood Timor-Leste’s Capital

By Joshua Mcdonald
Skies cleared in time for the country’s first delivery of COVID-19 vaccine, but the lasting devastation may complicate distribution.

March 26, 2021

Can New Zealand Fix Its Housing Crisis?

By Joshua Mcdonald
In the final quarter of 2020, 40 percent of all property sales in New Zealand were to people who owned multiple properties already.
March 22, 2021

Why Is Australia’s Vaccine Campaign Moving So Slowly?

By Joshua Mcdonald
More than 6 million Australians are currently eligible to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. A mere fraction have received it.

March 17, 2021

Papua New Guinea Faces Rising COVID-19 Cases

By Joshua Mcdonald
The Pacific Island nation is on the brink of disaster, regional health experts warn.

March 09, 2021

Is the Australian Parliament the Least Safe Place to Be a Woman?

By Joshua Mcdonald
A series of sexual assault and harassment allegations have rocked the Australian government. But will it take action?

February 26, 2021

Australia Joins Declaration Condemning Arbitrary Detention

By Joshua Mcdonald
In recent weeks, Australian citizens have been detained in China and Myanmar. 
February 23, 2021

Why Pacific Communities Rely on Facebook for Access to News

By Joshua Mcdonald
Facebook is set to reverse its block of news in Australia, but the interruption highlighted deeper information problems across the Pacific.

February 12, 2021

Trouble at the University of the South Pacific

By Joshua Mcdonald
Last week, Fiji deported the university's vice chancellor, leading some to suggest relocating its headquarters to Samoa.

February 08, 2021

New Zealand Steps into Australia-China Dispute

By Joshua Mcdonald
Recently, a senior New Zealand minister advised Australia to “show respect” and act more diplomatically toward China. Canberra was not amused.

January 29, 2021

As Vaccines Arrive, Australia Struggles With COVID-19 ‘Infodemic,’ Too

By Joshua Mcdonald
Canberra now has a plan to begin vaccinations, but hesitancy has been on the rise among Australians.

January 14, 2021

Australia’s Reading of the US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific

By Joshua Mcdonald
Australia is noted in the document not nearly as often as Japan, South Korea, or India, but that likely underscores the already tight relations between the two countries.
January 13, 2021

Australia Debates Vaccines, Worries About New COVID-19 Strain

By Joshua Mcdonald
The emergence of a much more contagious variant of COVID-19 comes as Australia rolls out vaccines. 

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