Editor’s Note: Finding the new Form of Indonesian Journalism
“The internet enhances journalism”. I loved the title from kompas.com that discusses the angle of the future of press in Indonesia and how they transformed into multiplatform.
After the booming of “Media Twilight”, the future of Indonesia’s press is hanging on the edge. Everyone knows the answer, learning from the past, when the revolution of technology happens. Radio that was predicted to disappear after the emergence of television appears to be surviving until today. Radio transformed. The same goes with printed media that today faces the changing trends.
There are three things that needed to be transformed by Indonesia’s Press. First editorial wise, that “Good news is better”. To think that “Bad News is Good News” is already outdated. Journalists need to spread optimism rather than pessimism, just as Jokowi has stated before. Second, from the point of journalist’s wellbeing, it is need to be improved. Third, is to transform towards multiplatform, printed, digital as well as television.
As one of the major media in Indonesia, Kompas has become the pioneer of multiplatform transformation by launching Kompas Interactive Visual (VIK). This is their effort in searching the new form of journalism in the digital era. VIK can be accessed on vik.kompas.com and serve you the reportage of journalism through multimedia (text, photo, audio, video, and infographics). Jacob Oetama stated that Kompas’s content should be able to be enjoyed through various modes, paper, computer, television, mobile phone, and many more. The type of content that would be delivered to various types of media is not only in text or photos, but also graphic, video, or the combination of all. Way to go!
Enjoy your reading,
Suharjo Nugroho (Jojo) – Managing Director IMOGEN
Between Media Pessimism and Low Salary #BicaraPR
In the beginning of this February, Indonesia’s press goes on a whirlwind. The chaos started on the topic of National Press Day (Hari Pers Nasional) that falls on 9th February. Wrong, they said, because it is the day of Indonesian Journalists Association’s establishment, 9th of February 1946. National Press Day should be referring to the emergence of the first newspaper in Indonesia that belongs to the local, which is Medan Prijaji, on January 1907.
Between all these arguments, on the commemoration of National Press Day in Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat, President Joko Widodo throws a shade at the press that keeps upvoting the news angle of a ‘failed country’. To think that Bad News is Good News apparently still goes on with our journalists. Jokowi asks Indonesia’s press to build optimism and to build international trust so that global investors are willing to invest in our country.
Journalists Is Also Labour
From the journalist’s view, issues still revolved around violence towards media, low bargain power towards management and low salary. There are still loads of journalist that receive below provincial minimum wage. Local journalists are also treated more like a news provider or contributor only. The received amount of salary is still below standard and is very concerning. It is very worth to fight for, because the low wellbeing of the journalists could take effect on the low standard of journalistic products. It is not surprising that our news is always pessimistic, Mr. Jokowi. Please raise their salary!
KMP Disbanding, KIH Free of Obstacle #IMOpolitics
Red White Coalition (KMP) has the age of a corn but is already disbanding after one by one of its members disown the group. Following Partai Amanat Nasional (PAN), Partai Golkar that has never been opposed finally cannot hold on any longer to enter into power. The only remaining are Gerindra and PKS, finally admitted their disbandment.
“As de facto the parties that joined KMP, we stating that we are done,” said the Secretary General of Gerindra, Ahmad Muzani, in Senayan’s Parliamentary Complex, Jakarta, Thursday (4/2).
Meanwhile the drama of KPK law revision finally ends after President Jokowi decided to postpone discussion regarding the revision. This decision garners appreciation from various elements, including the opposition parties. However Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Luhut B. Panjaitan will still conducting socialization for citizens about the discussion of the revision of Law No. 30 of 2002 on KPK. Although it was postponed, it will still be included in priority national legislation program (Prolegnas) 2016.
Public rejected towards the revision is caused by the hearsay that KPK will be restricted to 12 years active time, prosecution will conducted only for corruption above Rp50 billion, and KPK’s authority in taping communications only can be conducted by the permission of the court.
Gloomy Portrait of Oil and Gas Industry #IMOmigas
National oil industry is gloomy. The sweet scent of oil price when it zooms to above US$ 100 each barrel could not be enjoyed anymore. Price continues to decrease and after 21 years holding in US$ 110 per barrel, now falls to US$30.32 each barrel. This will bring serious effect towards national economy, for oil industries that operate in Indonesia will lose significant amount of money because the margin of high production cost vs sale.
Although it has made a number of efficiency efforts in operations, the effect of the decline in oil prices was already unstoppable. Head of Public Relations Unit Upstream Oil and Gas (SKK Migas) Elan Biantoro acknowledged that some of oil and gas company has proposed a reduction of employees. Companies that have submitted the proposal officially to SKK Migas is Chevron.
East Indonesia is the Focus of 2016 Development #IMOeconomics
East Indonesia’s economic has become the priority in 2016 development. The agenda is included in the Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) year 2015 – 2019, and translated into regional planning and budget framework until 2019.
PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono explained that in 2016 the ministry will continue handling the parallel road from Temajuk, Sambas, West Kalimantan until Sei Ular, Nunukan, North Kalimantan.
As for Maluku and Papua, the government through the Ministry of Transportation will undertake the construction of the transport sector, among others are subsidized land transport and crossing pioneers, building facilities at Port Babang, advanced levelling of runway in Babulah Ternate airport, improving roads in Jayapura urban areas, construction of facilities in port Depapre, coating Nabire airport runway, runway extension in Mindiptana airport, coating runway in Dekai Yakuhimo and others.
Note This: Better to Invest Property in Bogor and Bekasi #IMOproperty
Investors are advised to move their investment development area of Jakarta and Serpong to Bogor and Bekasi. The two regions still have great amount of land and the prices are relatively lower than in other regions. Li Realty Principal, Ali Hanafia stated in kompas.com that Bogor and Bekasi are suitable for investment because the price of land and property are still undervalued, even below the average of Jakarta and Serpong.
The price of land in Serpong tends to be very high, around Rp15 million to Rp25 million per square meter, while Bekasi is only about Rp3 million to Rp10 million per square meter and Bogor with Rp5 million to Rp10 million per square meter.
In addition, the housing needs of lower middle class are still quite high, referring to the economic development of the class within the last five years. However the market in this segment is highly dependent on the regulations made by the government, especially with regard to the ease of financing to the public, such as the provision of affordable cash advance facility.
DPP Honorary Chairman of Real Estate Indonesia (REI) Setyo Maharso revealed, GDP per capita or the average income of the middle class population of Indonesia each year has increased dramatically from 35 million USD per year in 2010 to USD 59 million in 2015. The condition, he said, automatically increase spending and purchasing power, including buying property.
Asyiiik, Makan di D’Cost Dapat Asuransi Seumur Hidup #IMOinsurance
Insurance Company BCA Life and PT Pendekar Bodoh, owner of the food store network D’ Cost Seafood, collaborating by launching 100 % Cash Back program for loyal customers who conduct transactions in D’Cost by using D’Cost App.
Through 100 % Cash Back program, BCA Life provides a guaranteed full return of funds already spent by consumers on D’Cost until they are 99 years of age in the form of life Lifetime Insurance Protection from BCA Life with maximum benefit of insured value up to Rp200 million.
Chief Distribution Officer of BCA Life Honggo Djojo, stated that the cooperation is a form of commitment by BCA Life to deliver a range of innovative products tailored to the needs of consumers and also to support their lifestyle.
Wuling Car will Enliven Indonesia’s Car Market #IMOotomotifR4
Departure of several major companies from Indonesia’s automotive industry did not discourage producers from China, PT SAIC GM Wuling Automobile Co., Ltd. (SGMW China) to enliven the competition in Indonesia. It is planned that cars under the brand of China Wuling SGMW Indonesia will be marketed in 2017.
Reportedly, the first MPV that will be disbursed to the market is Wuling Hongguang S1. After that, they will launch higher variants, based Baojun 730. The first variant in China will be priced around 60,000 yuan or US $ 120 million.
Then what is the response of PT Toyota Astra Motor as the sole agent (APM) of Toyota in Indonesia? Vice President Director of PT Toyota Astra Motor, Henry Tanoto said, competition with other car manufacturers will trigger Toyota to develop their line of products and services for consumers.
2 MotoGP Racers Launch New CBR 150R In Sentul #IMOotomotifR2
PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM) introduces their newest family in sport motorcycle line, All New CBR 150R. This newest addition is made from local components up to 99%. President Director of PT AHM Toshiyuki Inuma stated that this All New CBR has become the actualization of their philosophy, which is total control.
To celebrate the All New CBR 150R, Honda invites two Honda MotoGP racers Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. They immediately tested the motorcycle at the Sentul circuit. Toshiyuki Inuma hopes that this bike will be the top product on Honda sales in sport motorcycle segment.
Cigarette Industry: Tobacco Bill Kills Me! #IMOtobacco
It is not cigarette if it doesn’t invite pro and contra. Now the Bill of Cigarette will threaten cigarette industry. Why? Because the bill being debated in the House of Representatives is scheduled to restrict imports to 20% of total demand of tobacco, import duties by 60%, and three times imposition of taxes on cigarettes for cigarettes that use imported tobacco.
Director of Beverages, Tobacco Products and Materials Industry Ministry, Willem Petrus Riwu stated that existing provisions in the bill should be viewed comprehensively. Meanwhile, the Cigarette Industry Association rejected the bill because it could give impact on the decline in the purchasing power of tobacco products. As the result domestic production will drop because the purchasing power drops and also as a result of the lack of supply of tobacco. In the end, the small cigarette industries are the ones that will be affected heavily.
VAIO, Toshiba and Fujitsu Mergers #IMOtekno
An interesting information: VAIO, which used to be a PC division of Sony and now independent, is rumoured to merger with Toshiba’s PC division and Fujitsu. According to Bloomberg News, the newly established company from this merger will compete against Lenovo NEC, Japan’s biggest PC producer. CEO of Japan Industrial Partners, Hidemi Moue that is also the owner of VAIO, stated that the deal is expected to be finished after next March.
Censoring Pornographic Content, Tumblr is Blocked #IMOtelco
Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Kemenkominfo) announced the blocking of social networking site and microblog Tumblr, accused of distributing pornographic content. Azhar Hashim, Director of e-Business Kemenkominfo affirmed that by the Law on Information and Electronic Transactions (ITE), Internet Service Provider (ISP) must block the New York based site.
The deal is one of the results generated from a meeting held by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology with representative from Negative Content Internet Site Management Forum particularly Panel on Pornographic, Child Violence and Internet Security with representatives from OTT providers in Indonesia, among others are Twitter Indonesia, Blackberry Indonesia, and Line Indonesia.
Head of Information and Public Relations of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Cawidu Ismail said the number of representatives of popular applications (Over The Top/OTT) agreed to perform self-censorship to the negatively charged contents such as pornography and terrorism.
Indonesian Young Designer’s Bag as Grammy Awards Goodie Bag #IMOfashion
It is a sweet surprise for Indonesia knowing that the bag designed by Indonesian designer Didiet Maulana becomes one of goodie bag for celebrities attending Grammy Awards 2016. This bag is collaboration from Didiet with famous travel bag brand in United States, Tumi.
Didiet with other six designers in Asia was chosen to conduct this project that produces about seven bags with different designs. Working together with New Beauty magazine USA that delivers the goodie bags, the seven bags is given to the celebrities attending Grammy Awards 2016.
Update to Lifestyle, Jokowi Wants to Develop the Fashion Industry #IMOLifestyle
It is good to know that textile industry in Indonesia has contributed about Rp13 billion dollars each year to the country. This is why President Jokowi is interested to invite Helena Helmersson from H&M Global Production, a major fashion corporation from Sweden, along with Sweden Ambassador for Indonesia Johanna Brismar Skoog, to Istana Merdeka, on Wednesday, 24 February 2016. This shows that fashion could be the future industry in Indonesia because it relates with the creative culture in our homeland.
Trade Minister Thomas Trikasih Lembong stated, this industry is can create about 2,7 million jobs. This is why it is believed that the presence of H&M in Indonesia is not only related to investment and expansion, but also greater added value. Not just about the garment, but also into special textile design and also works closely with designers or artists from Indonesia.
Zika Virus Scares the World #IMOhealth
On 1 February 2016, World Health Organisation (WHO) announced the status of global health regarding Zika virus. Health emergency by WHO Director Margaret Chan is due to the approximately 4,000 cases of baby birth with abnormal head size or microcephaly Brazil caused by Zika virus.
This announcement makes number of countries preparing themselves. US President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $ 1.8 billion in emergency funds to help fight Zika virus in the US and other countries after the USA Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported there are 50 patients with Zika among Americans who traveled in December 2015 until February 2016.
President Jokowi did the same thing. He asked the Minister of Health Nila Moeloek to take preventive measures, such as early detection, eradication of mosquitoes as well as travel warnings to countries with Zika virus.
Diponegoro Heirloom Stave Returns to Indonesia #IMOculture
Heirloom Stave Kanjeng Kiai Tjokro that Belongs to Prince Diponegoro (1785-1885) which was lost during the war era in 19th century is now returned to Indonesia. The heirloom stick measures to 153 cm was received directly by Minister of Culture and Primary & Secondary Education Anies Baswedan, witnessed by the representatives of German Embassy, Netherlands Embassy, Goethe Institut, Erasmus Huis, along with three curators of the exhibitions, Jim Supangkat, Werner Kraus, and Peter Carey.
Heirloom stave of Prince Diponegoro was taken by the Dutch colonists in 1832 until Diponegoro died on 8 January 1855. Even when Indonesia declares its independence, it is not returned. After 183 years, the Baud family that receives the stave in 1834 from Duke Notoprojo decided to contact the Rijks Museum curator in the Netherlands and then it was given to the government of Indonesia .