GAIN the confidence of both sides and remain impartial.
That's the advice from ABC Pacific Correspondent Sean Dorney as he shared his experiences on reporting on mining in PNG with journalists from the Asia Pacific Region.
Mr Dorney, who was stationed in PNG and reported on mining issues in Bougainville province, said journalists needed to be objective when reporting on mining issues and not let personal feelings cloud their judgment.
"I think it's important, firstly in terms of mining stories I think it's important that you build up trust on all sides," Mr Dorney said.
"It's important that the mining companies can talk to you without fearing that their words are going to be twisted around or changed.
"But it's also important to build up the trust of those who oppose mining."
Mr Dorney who has built up experience working for almost 20 years in PNG said journalists needed to get their ears tuned to what was going on within communities rather than rely on second-hand information.
"One of the things that I actually managed to do in the early days of the Bougainville situation was to get up and go to the villages and find out who were the important people and talk to them and establish a relationship there and finding out what you thought and not just do the public relations stuff that was coming out of the company.
"I think that is an important thing. Also I think you need to gather as much information as you possibly can and not just rely on being fed information."