Starting new Newspaper

It’s been almost a month since the end of the fellowship program we attended at the Asia Pacific Journalism Center in Melbourne.

All the fellows who participated in the five weeks (six for Indonesian colleagues) program are back at work and I suppose implementing what learned from the fellowship.

This may be a shock to some. But I haven’t been back to my place of work since being back in Port Vila, the Vanuatu capital where I am.

Instead, I’ve ventured into media business. A colleague and myself, both used to work for Capitol FM107 radio and the company’s weekly Vanuatu Times newspaper, have started our own newspaper.  (Tried to affix a pix of the front page of issue 1 on this space, but internet connection keeps being interrupted).

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Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market was established in 1878. This year, the traditional market in the City of Melbourne is 133 years old. This market is traditionally called not only because it is already present through the number of generations, but commodity vegetables that are sold openly on display at the stall. Just vegetables market in the Market Manggarai, South Jakarta.

Traditional Market Queen Victoria is clean. Traded goods is set refers to a block ranging from vegetables, meat, fish, cooking ingredients ready to cook, home accessories, and clothing. The traditional market is combines with food and clothing sales. This place is located at the corner of Queen Street, Victoria Street and Peel Street in Melbourne.

This place can be reached by the three various transportation public such as trams, trains, and buses. Generally people here tram ride from the station and stopped at La Trobe Elisabeth Street. Tourists visiting the city bus terminal down at number eight. The availability of this facility allows residents to shop in the city of Queen Victoria.

Traditional markets here are not comparable with Grass Market or Pasar Tanah Abang. Perhaps the history of settlement and development of Melbourne and Jakarta are very different so it is difficult to make traditional markets orderly. The urban population growth affect to the structural arrangement of the city in Melbourne. Need extra work and planning by accurately managing the city’s population to reach 7 million people such as in Jakarta.

Food prices quite expensive compared with similar commodities in traditional markets in Jakarta. Call For example, Thailand and Australia rice sells for AUS $ 4.5 per kilogram, equivalent Rp39.600 per kg, chicken meat AUS $ 7 per kg, and cassava AUS $ 3 per kg.

The Queen Victoria Market has setup by conditioning thematically, for example, before Easter this April. Various festivals were held and a number of specific organic vegetables is highlighted, such as telecommunication, corn, and cauliflower. This is indeed one of the campaign manager of Queen Victoria was developed.

Victoria Market is only open at 09:00 to 16:00 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 06:00 to 14:00. On Friday and Saturday, this market opens at 6:00 a.m. to 17:00 and 06:00 to 15:00. Hours open market only eight hours and no shift merchants. Schedule open in this markets is exactly traditional markets in Manggarai.

No other traditional markets or supermarkets selling vegetables at a radius of 2 km and even more than Queen Victoria. Obviously did not look fierce competition between traditional and mini market manager in this place.

Being here for 6 weeks: PRACTICALLY PERFECT! (English version)


Quoting one of the songs in the musical theater Mary Poppins that the 10 participants enjoyed between our professional visits to Sydney, that, is how I would illustrate my experience throughout the past six weeks.

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Participants of the IFJ Media Rights Monitoring and Reporting Workshop. Photo by Belinda Kora.

“What are the rights of a journalist”?

That was a question posed to me and 8 of my colleagues who attended a workshop recently in Port Moresby, based on the International Federation of Journalists Media Rights Monitoring and Reporting.

Rights? Most of us in the room never really thought we had any rights as practicing journalists in the mainstream media.

Maybe rights as a citizen and a human being, but as a journalist?

Our facilitator Ms. Titi Gabi a veteran journalist in PNG took us through the workshop, explaining the rights we have as per the Constitution on the Freedom to Information and the Freedom of Expression.

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