“We need each other”

“This is the third time we are asked this…why is it so important that we have to be pestered about this, this so many times?….bloody hell!”

Good gracious, I could not believe I was for a moment, losing my cool, after four weeks of such a wonderful experience of learning and sharing.

“Control yourself”, I found myself saying to myself, “you are the most senior in the group and the other members of the group could be looking to you for leadership, direction, and even inspiration.”

The above was the most regrettable reaction at the lobby of the Ibis hotel in Sydney I would rather forget.

It was a reaction to the third or so time of being asked to read the ABC’s Work Ethics and Code of Conduct documents.

Walter Nalangu, Standing (l), me (standing 2nd from r) and Dorah (sitting l) with three of the 8 staff members of the Tok Pisin service of Radio Australia at their office.

One of the two kind and thoroughly helpful ladies who accompanied us on visits to Canberra and Sydney reminded those of us in the radio group who were down to do professional attachments with the ABC offices in Southbank, Melbourne to remember to read the two documents before the following week’s attachment with the ABC.

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Why Blog?

What is the most effective way to share information with people now? Is it the publication of newspaper. Ehm.., well it does not matter which form of medium we use. But in convergence media from paper to digital media, newspaper is limited to share information to world. Right now the era for digital media like creating a site or blog spot and word press will come in very handy.

Mobile journalism is not really new in the world. But for me, this is a new skill where I can upload stories and photos in the blog. I got to practice this skill when attending a program on reporting economic and business life on community in Asia Pacific Journalism Center (APJC). Rene Barnes who is the lecture for media journalism at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University teaches us in last week.

The essence for this skill is journalist have write and publication stories in the internet. This means is journalist have easy to publish any kind of issues such economic, politics, and socials. This mean is everybody can read information form website in laptop or mobile phone.

Publication stories in the internet is challenging because we are perhaps helping people to understand issues in the world. On the other side, the public are strengthened from criticism government.

How can this skill be useful for me and my colleagues? This will help my job as a journalist to publish information in the internet. I am happy if I can share the skill to my colleagues back in my office. But as a person given this chance with APJC, I was thinking it might be useful for them as well. I personally believe that a country with a good media will develop properly.

Where I went and met my second day in Geelong?

Ford Factory in Geelong. This was the place where I went at 10.00 am. Tony Abott, the opposition party leader came to the Ford factory. This was part his political agenda to gain sympathy from the Australian public.

Setyo Budi, Alfonsa and I companied Cameron Best, senior reporter of BendigoAdvertiser, to the media conference. Alison, acting chief of staff assigned us yesterday. This assignment was important to me, as we could observe how journalist covered issues in a media conference in Geelong.

Abott, who walks like a cowboy criticized the government on its carbon tax policy. This was continuing of his response about the national budget 2011. According him, carbon tax will clean Australians’ money and will not not clean the atmosphere.

He also came to Geelong Advertiser office to have one on one interview with Cameron Best. We were in the same room to observer the interview process. As overseas journalists it was very interesting.

What is it like to be attached to the oldest newspaper in Victoria?

Did you know that Geelong Advertiser is the oldest newspaper in Victoria? It was established in 1840. The first edition was printed on 21 November 1840. The founder of Geelong Advertiser is John Pascoe Fawknerwww.geelongsdvertiser.com.au.

Alfonsa and I (both are Indonesian journalists) had a chance to visit newspaper as part our fellowship’s assignment from 16 to 18 May 2011. We were accompanied by Setyo Budi who worked as our translator. On the first day, we met Greg Dundas, Chief of Staff for the newspaper. He told a brief history about the newspaper.

This newspaper is owned News Limited, a media company that also owns national and local newspapers as The Australian, Herald Sun, The Daily Telegraph and The Courier Mail and Sky cable television in Australia. Geelong Advertiser also publishes free weekly bulletins: Geelong News and Echo. Every day it Geelong Advertiser prints 35.000-45.000 copies.

During the attachment we sat in conference meetings that were held at 2.30pm every day. The meetings were held to discuss the lay out and articles that would be included in the following day edition. The meetings were effective; it took about one hour. In these meetings, editors brought a mock up newspaper lay out, that was used to plan the layout of the following day’s edition.


Selama saya mengikuti kegiatan fellowship APJC ke-4 selama 40 hari, banyak pengetahuan baru yang saya dapatkan. Sesuatu yang belum pernah saya pelajari sebelumnya di Kupang, saya dapatkan di fellowship ini. Saya belajar tentang banyak hal, tentang kehidupan dari suku Aborigin, saya belajar tentang permasalahan ekonomi dan bisnis di Negara Australia, saya mempelajari tentang apa itu blogging, dan bagaimana cara membuat blogging bagi seorang wartawan, saya juga belajar tentang bagaimana membuat sebuah grafik dalam pemberitaan bisnis, dan saya juga belajar tentang bagaimana cara mengupload foto dan video ke dalam blogging, dan yang hal menarik lainnya yang saya pelajari adalah pembentukan kepribadian dari seorang wartawan ( who am I ).

Semua hal ini, benar-benar menjadi sebuah pengalaman yang berarti bagi saya, untuk menjadikan saya menjadi seorang jurnalis yang baik dan berpotensi. Pengalaman lainnya, ketika saya dan team peserta APJC berangkat ke Canberra dan Sidney selama satu minggu di dampingi oleh Hellen Musa, dimana kami melakukan perjalanan tour dan mengunjungi Museum, AuSI, kantor berita ( Times Canberra ), gedung Parlement, World Bank dan ADB, IFJ, ABC televisi dan Radio, Choice Magazine, dan dinner bersama wartawan2 senior, mengikuti sidang parlement, serta menonton opera Marry Poppins. Read more of this post

Being here for 6 weeks: PRACTICALLY PERFECT!


Mengutip salah satu lagu dalam teater musikal Mary Poppins yang saya saksikan bersama 9 orang rekan saya di sela-sela kunjungan profesional ke Sydney, itulah gambaran saya untuk pengalaman selama kurang lebih enam minggu ini.

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Lock down the journos

Have you ever imagined journalists being locked down for half a day and shut out from the daily happenings in their work environment?

It was an experience I came across in Canberra when hundreds of Australian journalists were stripped of their communication gadgets and shut from the rest of the world for nearly seven hours before the Treasurer handed down Australia’s national budget in parliament on May 10th 2011.

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