1. Tell us about your background and what attracted you to Future News Worldwide?
Born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, I moved to Sydney to study at the University of Technology, Sydney. I’m in my final year of my Bachelor’s degree in Communications majoring in Journalism and I’m starting my final semester this Spring.
My father was the one who actually who told me about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I applied and was delightfully surprised when I was shortlisted to attend FNW 2017. The real question is: what didn’t attract me to FNW? Everything described about the conference sounded incredible and I would’ve regretted it immensely if didn’t apply for it.
The chance to rub shoulders with some of the most highly experienced journalism professionals definitely attracted me into applying for FNW. And of course, the opportunity to visit the beautiful country that is Scotland.
2. Where does your passion for journalism stem from?
I’ve always had a passion for writing and storytelling. With these two in mind, it was clear that journalism was a path I should take. After gaining experiences in the industry during my gap year, it only confirmed my love for it and I had to do everything I could to get involved. Passion isn’t passion without getting involved and FNW was the most perfect way to do it.
3. The conference is supported by some of the world’s leading media organisations. Tells us about some of your conference highlights?
The conference was filled with amazing guest speakers and everyone gave their worldly experiences through their own unique ways. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to all the journalism professionals and their insights into the industry. I particularly enjoyed David Pratt from Herald Scotland speak about his experiences on storytelling and the importance of empathy and sensitivity when interviewing sources and writing stories. Alessandra Galloni from Reuters was also a pleasure, as her words were truly encouraging to hear when there’s an uncertain future in journalism.
In addition to this, a major highlight was of course meeting the other 99 delegates from 43 countries! I don’t believe there will be another event where I will have the opportunity to meet such a diverse group of young aspiring journalists. Seeing all of us together in one room sharing the same enthusiasm in a time where journalists are being scrutinised more than ever is refreshing to see. Finally of course, having the Parliament House as our second home for 3 days was unbelievable in a country so full of history.
4. The journalism and media landscape is changing dramatically because of our digital habits. Can you tell us about what you learned about digital journalism at the conference and how you think a journalist’s role may change as a result of new technologies?
Guest speaker Christina Lamb made a great point that changes in journalism can be a threat as well as an opportunity. Google News Lab’s Matt Cooke gave us insider tips on how to better utilise Google’s latest technologies, showing us that digital changes can give us an advantage.
Social media also gave rise to the constant 24 hour news cycle and with this in mind, it puts pressure on journalists to be the first to break the stories. I think this has made journalists even more careful to maintain accuracy, making their role in telling the truth all the more important.
5. What’s next for you and your journalism studies/career?
I’d love to graduate first (haha!) and I’m already in the process of finding what’s out there for me. I hope to start my career in journalism in an organization that aligns with my passion and beliefs. I’d love to get my foot in the door of a print media organisation, where I get to put my writing skills to test. Whether that be in Sydney, Jakarta or anywhere else in the world, my passion for sharing stories with the world will always be there. [Future News Worldwide] was undoubtedly the best experience I’ve ever had in my short 21 years of life. I got to travel from one end of the world to another to attend a conference about something I care deeply about. I would have never been able to do this without the British Council’s tremendous effort into putting together such a special event.