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Sastra Inggris Goes to Jakarta
31 July 2017
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The journey hosted by Jasmine Tour and Travel began on Monday, July 3rd and departed from Sanata Dharma's auditorium at 1 PM in the afternoon. Approximately at 4 PM, the bus stopped at Kebumen area and took a 20-minutes break. The trip was soon followed by dinner at Cilacap area 3 hours later. The journey was resumed and the students finally arrived at Wisma Graha Ragunan at 4 AM in the morning for transit. After grabbing a quick breakfast at 7 AM, the second day of the field trip began.

The students paid a visit to Kompas Gramedia (KG) at 9 in the morning.They were warmly welcomed by Mas Reza who gave a brief explanation of KG's profile, products and publishers. “Maybe you think that our company is only associated with bookstores,” he stated, “but we are currently launching new concepts such as Cozyfields—Gramedia's first cafe—and Milors for our bag products.” Next, Mbak Noni gave another explanation of one of KG's publishers, Bhuana Ilmu Populer that plays a big role of children's literacy and book publishing. The first visit was ended by one of their seniors, Mas Tono, who described the company's expectation of “smart, friendly and sporty” future employees.

After having lunch at 12 PM, the group of 38 headed for Jakarta Post's (JP) office located beside Kompas Gramedia. In no time, the group was received and was explained about the company's profile. “Jakarta Post does not only publish newspapers, but also magazines,” stated one of the staffs, “Our newspaper is mostly distributed in Central Java. Most of our news uplifts humanism and highlights the minority in Indonesia.” The company—which is presently owned by Kompas, Tempo and Suara Pembaruan—had its first news publication on April 25, 1983. It is also currently part of ANN (Asian News Network), a network of more than 2 million media outlets in Asia organized to provide avenues cooperation and to optimize coverage of major events in the region. One of JP's reporters, Mas Pandoyo, described the editorial production flow. Next, the senior managing editor, Bapak Kornelius Purba, stressed that they are expecting future reporters who master other fields besides having perfect English. “If you only have perfect English, then you are nothing. You need to have political and economic knowledge, masters history and foreign affairs, and to believe in yourself,” he remarked, “If you don't believe in yourself, then why should the corporation believe in you too?” Two of Jakarta Post's reporters also shared their experience of working there. First, Mbak Ester—a graduate of 2011 class and a former intern of Marie Claire magazine—recalled her ups and downs of being JP's fresh employee. Then, Mas Pandoyo recounted his 30-years experience of working for the corporation, including when he was invited to The Morning Herald and his current responsibility for holding the investigative desk. “Don't be afraid of bad grades, because you'll learn to adapt and develop yourselves here. Be an inquisitive and curious person. Be a little crazy for adventure. Don't be easily intimidated. Most of all, have passion for your profession,” stated the middle-aged man who once was a student in SDU's English Letters Department in 1984. The second visit ended with a tour of Jakarta Post's office.

 

 

 

The trip continued until the evening fell. At 4 PM, the students went to Jakarta's amusement park, Dufan, located north of the city. After spending 4 hours at the site, the group had dinner at Pondok Ayam Bakar which was 15 minutes away from Dufan. They checked in at Pop Hotel in Kelapa Gading area, approximately at 9 PM and rested.

On Wednesday noon, the department began its third day of field trip. After an an early breakfast at the hotel and a midday checkout, the bus headed to Trans Media building in South Jakarta where CNN Indonesia is located. At 2 PM, the students were taken on a tour around CNN Indonesia's broadcasting area after their lunch on the bus. They were shown three studios. The students were warmly welcomed by the Tech News presenter, who was filming in the first studio. Next, they were taken to the second studio where the News Desk program was being broadcasted live. The CNN crew even saved 2 minutes during the commercial break for the students to take a picture with the news anchor between his live airing. Afterwards, the students were brought to the Research and Development headquarter—which was filled with monitors and screens encircling the center of the room. “You may think that this place doesn't look like a studio, but we actually also use it for airing news coverages,” explained the tour guide. The head of CNN's Research and Development center also welcomed the students by describing the function of the department and sharing his passion about being a reporter. “I've been a reporter for 13 years and I really love what I'm doing—although I study about agriculture in the university. Doing something you love is not a job, but a profession. My profession flows in my blood. Even my wife and kid recognize me as a reporter either when I go to work or coming home from the office. What differs us (the CNN staffs) from the rest is our keen curiosity to our surroundings. That's what made every one of us here a reporter,” he stated, “What we need from you is your attitude, if you want to work here. We prioritize your willingness to cooperate with one another and your humbleness to learn everything from the beginning.” Shortly thereafter, the group was taken to CNN's social media broadcasting headquarter, with Mas Ziko explaining how the online system works, especially the function of CNN's application that is available in App Store or Play Store. The visit ended at 4 in the evening.

Before returning to Jogjakarta, the bus stopped at Bandung. At 8 PM, the group of 38 went off from their bus for a little shopping at several factory outlets. It was soon followed by a late dinner of KFC, savored by the those who were enjoying the city's night view. One hour later, they started the journey back home at 10 PM.

The bus arrived at 7.30 in the morning on the 6th of July, bringing the students back home safely to Sanata Dharma's auditorium. Finally, the journey ended well with the hope that the trip would be a memorable experience for all the participants. (Deborah Kalauserang)

 

 

 

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