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Journalism Professional Practicum (JPP)
What is the JPP?
The JPP is organised as a six-week study program, undertaken in Jakarta at the end of the Australian academic calendar year, during January and 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 diverse and dynamic media scene of the bustling capital, Jakarta.
The JPP is a unique opportunity to develop your journalism skills within an international media environment, while learning about globally significant issues in one of the region's most important nations. The program aims to give students the background knowledge and theoretical insights required to work in and report on Indonesia. Participants will experience the social, workplace and professional journalistic cultures directly through class work and practical work placements in media organisations, and also get a taste for the environment in which a foreign correspondent might operate and the nature of international journalism.
There will be a maximum of 30 participants accepted on to the JPP program each year, and there will be two rounds of applications:
Those applicants needing to carefully plan in advance their university study program should apply in the first round of applications by 1 July. If there are not sufficient places available for all applicants, ACICIS will choose participants on a number of criteria including: academic record, industry experience, life experience, the student's flexibility in choice of placement, the skills that the applicant can bring to the placement, and the general quality of the student's application.
The JPP Project Officer for 2013 was Rebecca Henschke. Rebecca is the Editor-in-chief of Asia Calling an award winning regional current affairs radio and television program from Indonesia's largest news network KBR68H and television station Tempo TV. During her six years in that position she has travelled across Asia reporting and training local journalists. She also works as a correspondent for SBS Radio Australia, Public Radio International, Deutsche Welle and the BBC World service. Rebecca has won the Indonesian Alliance of Independent Journalist best radio award twice for an investigative series on the impact of the Palm Oil industry in Kalimantan and for her reporting on religious tolerance issues.
Indonesia, as the world's largest Muslim nation and home to the most significant tracts of tropical forests outside Brazil, is at crossroads of two critical contemporary global debates. Can Islam and democracy co-exist and can innovative, global environmental initiatives -- such as compensating Indonesia for logging income lost when forests are protected -- help bring global emissions down? Indonesia is also Australia's most important neighbour. Given the long history of bi-lateral tensions, understanding Indonesia can only enhance a new media career. As the world's fifth most populous nation, struggling with significant poverty, underemployment and inadequate public services, Indonesia also offers young visiting journalists the opportunity to consider politics, economics and daily life from a new angle, outside the Western media lens.
At the opening ceremony for JPP 2009 Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Mr Bill Farmer said:
“I congratulate ACICIS on providing this opportunity to young visitors to Indonesia and also basically for having the vision to see that this is really a very important foundation stone in the sort of relationship we are building between our two countries. That is, a relationship I think that is increasingly one of understanding. That’s where the ACICIS students really come into this, coming to understand Indonesia yourselves, but then conveying that understanding to an Australian audience.”
Read about previous JPP programs:
What do New Zealand students think of the JPP?
Each year a number of high-performing New Zealand journalism students are sponsored by the Asia:New Zealand Foundation to attend the JPP. Here are some of their stories:
Read the ACICIS student magazine for the JPP:
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