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Australian Indonesia Institute - Annual Report 1999-2000

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MEDIA PROGRAM

The Institute aims to encourage mutual understanding by helping to foster high-quality, insightful media coverage of Indonesia in Australia and of Australia in Indonesia.

The media in both Australia and Indonesia has played a very significant role in informing and shaping perceptions about each other's countries. The Institute has encouraged Australian journalists to learn more about Indonesia through its journalist scholarship program. We have also focused on introducing Indonesian journalists to Australia through the Medialink fellowships, specialised training on public broadcasting, training for student radio and a speaking tour to Australia for a prominent Indonesian media representative.

AII journalist scholarships

Since 1992, 54 four Australian journalists have undertaken intensive language and culture courses in Indonesia as recipients of the Australia Indonesia Institute journalist scholarships. Several scholarship recipients have become foreign correspondents in Indonesia. In 1999–2000, scholarships were awarded to the following nine journalists:

Peter Michael Sunday Mail, Adelaide
John Van Tiggelen Freelance journalist, the Good Weekend, the Sydney Morning Herald
Fiona Halloran ABC Radio News
Heather Stewart ABC Darwin
Damien Dempsey ABC Radio Australia
Sonya De Masi SBS
John Hugh Wallace Centre for International Journalism, University of Queensland
Steve Gwynn-Jones SBS
Paul Cleary Australian Financial Review, ACT

Feedback from participants indicates that the program has been successful in meeting its objectives.

'My participation has given me a great start to what I hope will be a long association with the Indonesian language ... and has fostered a burning desire to study more about the country.'— Scholarship recipient.

'As a direct result of being accepted for this scholarship, I have been offered a position as a journalist for a media organisation in the region.'—Scholarship recipient.

Media fellowships

The Institute has also sponsored work placements for Indonesian and Australian journalists. In 2000, two Indonesian journalists were awarded fellowships under Medialink's inaugural program to undertake three-month work placements in Australian media organisations. Ms Febrina Melva Siahaan, a reporter from Tempo news magazine, was placed at Radio Australia. Mr Hendrarto Darudoyo, a reporter at Warta Ekonom weekly business magazine, and award-winning lecturer in journalism at the University of Indonesia, was placed with the business section of the Herald Sun.

The Institute is funding a further two fellowships in 2001, for one Australian journalist to work in Indonesia and one Indonesian journalist to work in Australia.

Wimar Witoelar public speaking tour

Prominent Indonesian journalist, Mr Wimar Witoelar, visited Australia in July 2000 under a program devised by Peter Mares from the ABC, Radio Australia. Mr Witoelar has recently been appointed spokesperson for President Wahid. Mr Witoelar delivered public lectures in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on developments in Indonesia and the Indonesia Australia relationship, prompting open and broad ranging debate.

Mr Witoelar's public lectures were well-attended with audiences of around 250 people in Melbourne and Sydney and 70 in Brisbane. He met senior Australian editors, authors and academics, gave several media interviews and spoke to audiences from the Australia Indonesia Business Council. Mr Witoelar took part in a seminar at the biennial conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia as well as meeting leading Australian academic, Professor Donald Horne, who invited him to return to Sydney to speak in a series of lectures to mark Australia's Centenary of Federation.

Public broadcasting workshop for Indonesia

The Institute and the Centre for Democratic Institutions at the Australian National University co-sponsored Indonesian participation in a workshop titled 'Transition to Publicly Accountable Broadcasting in Indonesia'. The workshop was designed by Dr Krishna Sen, Murdoch University, in response to a request from the Director of Indonesia's state-owned television station, TVRI. Fifteen middle to senior managers from TVRI, including TVRI branches outside Jakarta, participated in discussions with Curtin University, Murdoch University and AC Nielsen and work place seminars with the ABC and SBS in Sydney and the ABC in Perth.

The workshop took place at a time when media legislation was being debated in the Indonesian parliament with a view to transforming TVRI into a public broadcaster and changing its funding basis to become partly commercial.

Workshop for university radio journalists

Following the success of a training workshop for young print journalists in 1999, the Institute supported a second workshop run by the Indonesian Institute for Press Advocacy (IAPI), this time for university campus radio journalists in May 2000. Students from 15 universities throughout Java took part. The Australian Media and Arts Alliance provided training materials including copies of its code of ethics. Student journalists visited the Australian Embassy's public affairs facilities before gaining first-hand experience at a Jakarta radio station.

 

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AUSTRALIA INDONESIA INSTITUTE ANNUAL REPORT 1999–2000

Home . Mission statement . Chairman's statement . Board membership . Media program . Youth and education program Arts and sport program . Commercial and the professions program . Civil society program . Administrative overview . Appendix A: Financial statements . Appendix B: Order-in-Council