In January 2022, ACICIS was delighted to welcome two students for our second Summer Virtual Journalism Professional Practicum (VJPP) program amidst the pandemic and ongoing international travel restrictions. This third cohort of Virtual JPP participants were from RMIT University and both students completed the virtual program with the $3,000 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant’s assistance.
Dr IGAK Satrya Wibawa as the first VJPP Academic Program Officer (APO) together with of Fauzan Adinugraha as the co-APO helped design the program. That includes designing the seminar topics, deciding the field trip destinations and also mapping the students to their Host Organisations. Shortly before the program started, Dr Elly Kent continued the role as the Academic Program Officer for the VJPP program. Together with our in-country assistance, Dr Elly managed the academic and placement component of the VJPP program. This included moderating the seminar and field trips, leading the discussion in the tutorial sessions, meeting with the mentors from each Host Organisations and giving the students academic and industry-related advices.
The virtual program started with an opening ceremony and officially opened by Dr. Yohanes Eko Adi Prasetyanto as the Vice Rector of Research and Cooperation of Atma Jaya Catholic University Jakarta. It was followed by an orientation session by ACICIS covering all aspects of the program for the next five weeks. The orientation day was closed with an APO briefing where the students got to know each other including the APO and ACICIS in-country team better. During this session, Dr Elly Kent gave a brief introduction to the industry and shared her experiences in working in Indonesia. The students get to ask further questions about the industry, working arrangements, and program contents.
Similar to the last Summer VJPP, we applied a combined timetable between seminar series, fieldtrips, language class, and professional placement within the six-week program. Students attend language classes, seminars and fieldtrips throughout the program. Students started their placements within the second week of their program and they undertook their 160 hours across five weeks.
VJPP students attended 40 hours of Indonesian language classes hosted by Pusat Pengajaran Bahasa (PPB) Atma Jaya Catholic University. The Bahasa Indonesia classes were designed to help to immerse students in the Indonesian culture to help them through their professional placement and daily schedule during the program.
For the seminar series, we invited high calibre speakers from various backgrounds, i.e., journalists, academics, researchers and leaders from the media industry and think-tank organisations, as well as lecturers and researchers from universities both in Indonesia and Australia. Some seminars were also shared with other programs, creating a chance for VJPP students to interact with other students from other programs. The students also got to learn about other industries that became a good foundation for their placement.