United States Agency for Global Media

Principles of Journalism

March 2014

Twenty five editors and young journalists from press, radio, television and online media organizations, journalism students and educators, and public affairs officers participated in the BBG/VOA WORKSHOP ON PRINCIPLES OF JOURNALISM held in the U.S. Consulate Compound, Surabaya, March 8-9, and in the American Corner on campus of the University of Muhammadiyah in Malang, March 10-11. The workshops were funded, organized and coordinated by the Office of Public Affairs, U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya. Inna Dubinsky, BBG Development Officer, and Frans Demon, Director of the VOA Jakarta Bureau, led the workshops. The workshop training sessions focused on:

• Ethical & Responsible Reporting

• Investigative Journalism

• Disaster Preparedness

• Use of New Media


Journalists joined Facebook communities of journalists in South Pacific Asia — Jaringan Jurnalis Nusantara, Indonesian Investigative Reporters, and Jurnalis Siaga Bencana, — to stay connected after the workshop, invite their peers and colleagues to join these 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.

Participants reported about the workshop and had their reports published or aired by the news organizations: Malang Post, Tempo, Radio RRI, and University of Muhammadiya Malang.

  • Office of Public Affairs, U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya
  • Inna Dubinsky
    BBG Development Officer
  • Frans Demon
    BBG Development