ACICIS is very excited to announce Dr Ella Prihatini as the Academic Program Officer (APO) for the first iteration of the Virtual Journalism Professional Practicum (JPP), running in January-February 2021.

Ella has over 10 years of experience in journalism. She previously worked as a journalist of ANTARA Indonesian News Agency (2004-2015). She has received extensive data gathering and reporting training in various countries including Japan, Australia, Qatar, and the UK. One of her key achievements is exclusively interviewing President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan during the commemoration of Asia Africa Summit in Jakarta (2005). Ella currently teaches International Relations at Bina Nusantara (Binus) University in Indonesia. Prior to joining Binus University in March 2020, she was a teaching fellow at The University of Western Australia/UWA (2017-2019) and a lecturer in the Department of International Relations at President University (July 2013-February 2015). See her full profile here.

The 2021 Virtual ACICIS Journalism Professional Practicum (JPP) offers students the opportunity to undertake academic studies, including intensive Indonesian language classes and industry seminars, alongside a supervised practicum placement with a local or international journalism or media organisation.

An Academic Program Officer is assigned to each of ACICIS’ professional practicum programs to oversee all aspects of a program, including the supervision of its academic content and assessment of student performance. The APO and ACICIS Resident Director oversee application vetting, participant selection, and work placement allocation. During the virtual program, the APO meets regularly with a student’s Host Organisation placement supervisor – and with the student themselves – to provide mentorship, to ensure that a student is getting the most out of their placement, and to assess a student’s performance. The APO provides students with advice on academic and industry-specific matters, and also plays a key role in curating and delivering the series of industry seminars that students undertake throughout the program.

ACICIS is delighted to welcome Ella as the supervising academic for the 2021 iteration of the virtual JPP. Participating students will be extremely well served by Ella’s experience and expertise in journalism in Indonesia.