Jan 14, 2005
Journalism students in Indonesia have the chance to take a course on how to imbue their reporting with a more dramatic writing style.
A group of professional journalists were taking the course, organized by the Pantau Foundation, from January 10 to 20 in Jakarta. Fifteen student journalists will be able to participate when the course is conducted again from February 7 to 11 in Semarang.
Fiction writer Linda Christianty will lead the student course with Agus Sopian, a former editor of Pantau magazine. Janet Steele, a professor from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and former Pantau editor Andreas Harsono joined Christianty for the professional course in Jakarta.
The Pantau Foundation formed when the magazine closed in early 2003. The magazine has been organizing the narrative reporting courses for the past four years.
?We do it every semester now, initially with Janet and Andreas, because we think that print media in Indonesia do need to understand this genre,? said course coordinator Anugerah Perkasa. ?The print media cannot compete with TVs with inverted pyramid-styled stories. They need to offer deeper and analytical stories to their audience.?
For more information, contact Andreas Harsono of Pantau at email@example.com or sign up for Pantau's mailing list at http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/pantau-komunitas/.
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