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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
August 26, 2021

Australia Charts Course to Reopening to the World

By Joshua Mcdonald
With a zero COVID state unobtainable, Canberra is looking to reopen once vaccination rates pick up.

August 25, 2021

New Zealand Confronts COVID Delta Wave

By Joshua Mcdonald
After living mostly COVID-free throughout the pandemic, New Zealand has hit its worst point since April 2020. 
August 17, 2021

How Australia’s COVID Policy Backfired

By Joshua Mcdonald
Australia’s initial successes against the virus may have rendered it complacent, impacting its vaccination campaign.

August 10, 2021

New Zealand’s Ardern Apologizes for Racist Dawn Raids

By Joshua Mcdonald
Ardern said it was clear that the immigration laws of the 1970s were designed to specifically target Pasifika people, indigenous peoples of the Pacific Islands. 

July 23, 2021

Australia Struggles With Moral Obligation to Aid Afghan Partners

By Joshua Mcdonald
Afghan interpreters plead for support from the Australian government as the threat from the Taliban increases.

July 19, 2021

Bougainville Inches Closer to Independence

By Joshua Mcdonald
Given the 2019 referendum’s nearly unanimous approval, it will be difficult for Papua New Guinea to deny the region independence.
July 12, 2021

Australia’s Hawke, American Informant

By Joshua Mcdonald
The beloved Australian prime minister was a U.S. informant, new research shows.

July 02, 2021

China’s Repression Reaches Australian Universities

By Joshua Mcdonald
A new Human Rights Watch report details Chinese government efforts to surveil and intimidate Chinese students attending Australian universities. 

June 30, 2021

Fiji in Crisis as Country Hits Record COVID-19 Cases and Deaths

By Joshua Mcdonald
As case counts continue to reach new highs, Fiji is betting big on its vaccination program to stem the spread.

June 18, 2021

Pacific Island Nations Consider Deep-sea Mining, Despite Risks

By Joshua Mcdonald
Pacific Island nations are contemplating allowing deep-sea mining to bolster their economies, despite unknown environmental impacts.

June 11, 2021

Maori Connection to Antarctic May Predate European ‘Discovery’

By Joshua Mcdonald
New research links the Maori people to possibly discovering Antarctica long before Europeans and Americans.
June 02, 2021

Fiji: Civil Society Demands Powerful Minister Resign

By Joshua Mcdonald
An alliance of civil society organizations in Fiji has demanded the economy minister’s resignation amid a bleak economic outlook. 

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