Fourteen editors and young journalists from press, radio, television and online media organizations, journalism educators and one public affairs officer participated in the BBG/VOA WORKSHOP ON ETHICAL & RESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM held on campus of the Andalas University in Padang, February 27-28, 2014. The Andalas University is the site on the new American Corner that Ambassador Robert Blake opened in March 2014.
Journalists created a Facebook account for a new e-community of journalists in South Pacific Asia — Jaringan Jurnalis Nusantara, to stay connected after the workshop, invite other journalists to join their new online professional organization, network, exchange opinions, share stories and enhance their journalistic skills.
By the end of the workshop, each journalist came up with a story idea they’d like to work on that can be pitched to their media organizations. The project ideas were presented to and discussed with the whole group. Everyone had a chance to give their peers advice and tips to help plan, produce and write the stories.
Seven journalists and journalism educators were planning to investigate illegal activities and actions of the local authorities that affect local communities, including real estate dealings, access to free public education, and environmental and health issues. Two journalists wanted to raise public awareness of Sumatra’s endangered cultural heritage, and four young reporters were planning to write about the local culinary traditions to attract more tourists to Padang. The PR Officer at Andalas University said that he will use his new skills and knowledge to better inform the public about events and activities at the university.
The workshop ended with a Closing ceremony. All training participants received Certificates and the U.S. Consulate Medan and VOA souvenirs.