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Journalism Professional Practicum (JPP)
Applications Close: July 1, 2013 (earlybird), October 1, 2013 (second round)
What is the JPP?
The JPP is a six-week internship program conducted in Jakarta, Indonesia. The program runs from early January to mid-February. It is open to students of journalism, media and communications studies, and cadet journalists. The program is designed to provide participants, who may not necessarily have Indonesian-language skills or experience in Indonesia, with the opportunity to live and work in the dynamic media scene of Jakarta. Via academic activities and work placements in media organisations, participants will experience workplace journalistic cultures and obtain a taste for the environment in which a foreign correspondent might operate. The placement will give participants the chance to function as a part of the Indonesian media community and put textbook theory and scholarly analysis into practice.
The program consists of a two week academic program hosted by Atma Jaya Catholic University, followed by a four week industry placement. The academic program is a mixture of Indonesian language tuition (40 hours) and seminars on industry-relevant themes (20 hours). Host organisations for the month-long industry placement include international wire services such as ThomsonReuters, national news bureaus (ABC, AFP, The Straits Times) national dailies such as The Jakarta Post and The Jakarta Globe, and major domestic broadcasters and radio stations (MetroTV, Radio68H, Radio Republik Indonesia). Participating host organisations can accommodate the full spectrum of media interests, from online news reporting to lifestyle writing. As an assessed program, the JPP is designed to meet requirements for work-integrated learning modules and other practicum-based course components. It is a competitive entry program with a limit on the total number of participants (approximately 25 participants per program). Successful acceptance onto the program is based on a number of criteria including: past academic performance, industry experience, life experience, an applicant's flexibility in choice of placement, the skills that the applicant can bring to the placement, and the general quality of of a student's application.
The program is managed by an appointed industry specialist who serves as the JPP Project Officer. Since the inception of the JPP in 2002, the position of Project Officer has been held by a number of distinguished industry specialists. Angela Romano (UQ) pioneered the original program, followed by Louise Williams (SMH), Prof. Phillip Kitley (UoW), Sunanda Creagh (ThomsonReuters), Stephen Fitzpatrick (The Australian), and Rebecca Henschke (Asia Calling). It is anticipated that Rebecca will take on the role of JPP Project Officer for 2014, with confirmation of this to be announced in October 2013. Rebecca is the award-winning Editor-in-chief of Asia Calling, itself an award-winning regional current affairs radio and television program. She serves as a correspondent for SBS Radio Australia, Public Radio International, Deutsche Welle and the BBC World Service.
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