“The Balinese women are doing so much for the island but they’re unseen”

A conversation with Balinese entrepreneur and priestess Luh Manis. When I first reached out to Luh Manis for an interview she invited me to join her on one of her “Sisterhood retreats” to Kintamani, the area in Bali where she is originally from. Together with eight other Balinese women and another foreign woman we went … Continue reading “The Balinese women are doing so much for the island but they’re unseen”

“Since COVID-19, the care for dogs in Bali has become less of a priority”

A conversation with Dewi Pertiwi and her father who take care of 80 dogs. When we walk towards the gate of Dewi’s house we’re welcomed by the noise of sixty barking dogs. They don’t just bark, they enthusiastically jump against the fence, happy to see strangers visiting their compound. The gate has two doors, one … Continue reading “Since COVID-19, the care for dogs in Bali has become less of a priority”

“Balinese women can’t progress by force”

A conversation with Laksmi Dewi Made, director of the Mahadaya Institute. The rainy season has just started in Bali when Laksmi Dewi Made expects us in her house in Denpasar on an early Friday morning. After a heavy downpour and a few attempts to figure out the Google maps directions to her property at the … Continue reading “Balinese women can’t progress by force”

“We try to decolonize beauty standards”

Yes, the Black Lives Matter protests also create conversation in Indonesia, says Hera Diani halfway through our conversation: “And that’s a good thing because it relates to the issue of Papua and racism against the indigenous people.” Furthermore, the awareness of diversity in media in Indonesia also refers to women issues, a topic Hera and … Continue reading “We try to decolonize beauty standards”

“Why do we still parachute people in to tell a Western point of view?”

Newsroom diversity has gotten new urgency since the Black Lives Matter protests due to the killing of George Floyd. Inclusive journalism is a common thread in my career in media. Being a white female journalist, I’ve learned the importance of educating myself on the topic of systemic racism. I notice how much the Global North … Continue reading “Why do we still parachute people in to tell a Western point of view?”

A hackathon brings collaboration between journalists and health professionals in Nepal

How to cover a crisis like COVID-19 in the best possible way? Investigative multimedia journalist Rajneesh Bhandari seeks the answer in building a strong network of journalists in and outside his country Nepal and collaborating with experts from different professions to improve the quality of reporting. From his home office in Kathmandu, he first answers … Continue reading A hackathon brings collaboration between journalists and health professionals in Nepal

Why Indonesia needs feminist platform Magdalene

Why would you start your own media business in a time where it’s hard to survive as media entrepreneurs? People nowadays are used to the fact that content is for free and the influence of social media companies makes it challenging to let your content stand out. The ‘why’ of feminist media platform Magdalene, however, isn’t … Continue reading Why Indonesia needs feminist platform Magdalene

In order to pull off innovation in a large organisation, you need to roll up your startup sleeves

How Chief Product Officer Gaurav Sachdeva leads the Digital Products and Design Innovation department of Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Singapore is in all its facets digitally focused. Even though you can buy the local newspapers The Straits Times and the Business Times almost everywhere, their publisher, The Singapore Press Holdings Limited, lost its monopoly position … Continue reading In order to pull off innovation in a large organisation, you need to roll up your startup sleeves

Why Indonesian journalists struggle between pageviews on one hand and promoting tolerance on the other

The recent presidential elections in Indonesia caused high tension of polarization in society. The intolerance of people towards each other is increasing. Especially religious discrepancies become wider, due to politicians who play on people’s emotions. Even apparently neutral hand gestures like the peace sign or thumbs up have become ideological statements. For journalists Andi Muhyiddin … Continue reading Why Indonesian journalists struggle between pageviews on one hand and promoting tolerance on the other