Indonesian agency wants to aid journos affected by pandemic

A new fellowship programme for journalists affected by pandemic-related downsizing.

Indonesian agency wants to aid journos affected by pandemic

Comms consultancy Maverick has joined forces with Alliance of Independent Journalists of Indonesia (AJI) to organise The Journalist Fellowship Program 2020 as part of its efforts to aid journalists that have been financially affected by the pandemic.

The programme aims to improve the capacity of journalists that were affected by efficiencies as a consequence of the pandemic, whether through online training or sharing sessions. At time of publish, 61 journalists have registered into the programme from several cities across Indonesia including Semarang, Makassar, Pekanbaru, Ternate, and DKI Jakarta.

Applicants will be narrowed down to 15 people, who will then take part in five weeks of activities to develop both hard and soft skills. Instructors will be plucked from AJI as well as experts from several industries.

Fellowship recipients will receive guidance from three reputable senior journalists who will serve as their mentors. Throughout the program, fellows will produce in-depth journalistic work, which will later be published in their respective media or on AJI's media network.

Maverick director Lita Soenardi said: "Now is the time to show our care for our journalist partners and the media industry. This programme aims to provide capacity building for journalists and to alleviate the financial burden that they may bear."

According to the chairman of AJI Indonesia Abdul Manan, the pandemic has severely altered the media and publishing industry in Indonesia. Several media houses were forced to downsize their businesses by cutting salaries, putting staff on furlough, and conducting layoffs.

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