JPP students then went on to undertake a professional placement in Jakarta. Students were placed at a total of 16 local and international non-profit and media organisations, including The Conversation, Reuters Indonesia, Agence France Presse, Forbes Indonesia, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Tempo, The Jakarta Post, and Jakarta Globe.
During their placements, students were pursuing stories on topics ranging from animal rights, written by Allison Hore (UTS) for The Jakarta Post, to LGBT issues and Indonesia’s controversial law amendment proposal, written by Samantha Goerling (UWA) for The Conversation Indonesia.
“I didn’t expect writing about stories in Indonesia to be this complex, it’s tough but it’s really exciting, I gain new knowledge every day and now I have a better understanding about Indonesia,” JPP 2018 participant.
After 6 weeks of conversations with Go-Jek drivers, Nasi Goreng sellers, their colleagues in newsroom, and politicians in press conferences, the JPP students undoubtedly have reached higher level of understanding of Indonesia’s politics and media. When it all came to an end, Ben Rodin, a student from The University of Melbourne, concluded the program in an eloquent speech at the closing ceremony at Atma Jaya with a simple question: “What will you do next, now that you know what you know?”
ACICIS is wishing the best for all JPP 2018 students going forward, and we would also like to thank all stakeholders involved in the program for their endless support. Terima kasih banyak and see you in the ACICIS’ JPP 2019.