Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Maverick's Click of the Week #6 : Budi Boga

One of the things that the outside world does not know about Mavericks is that WE LIKE TO EAT. So when we ask our friends in the media out to lunch, it’s also because we love to indulge ourselves in different culinary experiences. Therefore, for this week’s Maverick Click of the Week, we pick the blog of Budi Sutomo (the name sounds like one of the forefathers of Indonesia, doesn’t it?) entitled Gizi & Kuliner by Budi. I personally prefer to call the blog as Budi Boga. It seems catchier that way.

The Budi Boga blog was nominated by Shilla of Maverick, who definitely loves to eat, especially spicy foods. In fact, I think her consumption ratio per meal is about 2:3 (2 for chili sauce or past to 3 for the actual meal). This is her reason for picking Budi Sutomo’s blog as Maverick Click of the Week:

I pick You ask why? Because we share the same passion: food and culinary! =)
Budi is currently an editor of the diet and nutrition column in Dokter Kita magazine. He had also written 15 recipe books. His books were published by the Gramedia Group.
He also had been the culinary editor of Kartini.

Since it was first launched on April 2006, the blog has over 58 thousand hits! Some of his postings were also published in magazines and tabloids.

Not only that Budi posted his recipes, he also posted interesting writings on diet and nutrition.
Better still, he wrote his travel experiences and accompanied his postings with photos of mouth watering food... Yumm...

I reckon he could be the next Jamie Oliver!

Budi had actually asked us on our blog to be invited to one of the press events that we help organize. So far we haven’t found the right one for him, but for now we have found that his blog is worthy for our Click of the Week. Perhaps Budi would like to come by our office as a guest for our Sharing Session on one Friday, and share with us his knowledge on some tasty nutritious foods. Please bring some food when you do come ya, Mas Budi.. ha ha

Monday, December 18, 2006

Anugerah Adiwarta Sampoerna 2006: The Winners!!!

Anugerah Adiwarta Sampoerna 2006 officially announced its first winners in an awarding night conducted in Grand Ballroom of Sheraton Hotel, Surabaya (Dec 15).

After Effendi Ghazali as AAS Board of Judges' representative presented AAS judges report, Butet Kertaradjasa performed two episodes of monologue about journalism that made all viewers laugh out loud.

But the creme-de-la-creme of the night was, of course, the winners announcement!

Indonesian jazz legend Bubi Chen and senior music journalist Bens Leo, hightened the tension as they climbed on stage to present the nominees for art & music performance category. And the winners are:

  • Hardnews: Adi Marsiela from Suara Pembaruan
  • Feature: Bambang Sulistyo from Gatra
  • Photo: Yudhi Sukmawijaya from Jurnal Nasional
The trophy was handed to all winners by Angky Camaro, Managing Director PT HM Sampoerna Tbk.

Award presenters for the sport category were Drs. Moh. Syadeli, 6 time consecutive Gold medalist in PON in wrestling, and Sumohadi Marsis, a senior sport journalist who are still active in KONI Pusat. The winners are:

  • Hardnews: Bastian Alkaf from Mata Banua - Banjarmasin
  • Feature: Adi Prinantyo from Kompas
  • Photo: Sugeng Deas from Jawa Pos
The trophy was given to all winners by Vice Mayor of Surabaya, Arif Affandi. Unfortunately, Adi Prinantyo from Kompas couldn't come and receive the trophy himself, since he's still on duty in Qatar.

For economy/business category, the nominees were presented by Efferin, M.Com.MA.PhD, Dean of Economic Faculty from Surabaya University, together with Raksaka Mahi, Expert Staff of Ministry of Treasury. And the winners are:

  • Hardnews: Rana Akbari Fitriawan from Tempo News Room
  • Feature: Heri Susanto from Majalah Tempo
However, the duo made a shocking announcement by telling the audience that there was no winner for photo category in economy/business. "Don't be dissapointed, hopefully we'll see the winner in this category next year," said Harsya Soebandriyo, the Master of Ceremony for that night.

The trophy for winners in this category was handed in by Andrew White, Director of PT HM Sampoerna Tbk.

The nominees for social category were presented by Bagong Suyanto, a sociologist from Airlangga University, and Abdisuryaningati, the Director of YAPPIKA. The winners are:
  • Hardnews: Adi Marsiela from Suara Pembaruan
  • Feature: Irawan Santoso from Forum
  • Photo: Raditya Helabumi from Kompas, East Java bureau
Adi Marsiela who had received a trophy for art & music performance category was shocked when his name got mentioned once more. He climbed the stage, with his hands covered up his face, and his eyes got teary as he received the trophy from President Director of PT HM Sampoerna Tbk., Martin G. King.

Nopiyanti from Nusa Bali, who was nominated for 4 categories in AAS 2006, did not receive a trophy that night. But she was already happy for becoming the most-nominated journalist in AAS 2006. "Aha, next year, I will submit 30-40 articles ... I will spend these upcoming months to write and write, and write," she said jokingly to Ipik Tanoyo from Bali Post.

Everyone who heard her laugh out loud.


After the show, all winners and the rest of the finalists celebrate their accomplishment. Bambang from Gatra and his folks left the hotel and went out clubbing--trying to find the hottest club in Surabaya. "You know, the club I went to last night? The music was weird," Bambang said the next morning with sleepy eyes.

While in Kawi Lounge at Sheraton's Hotel mezzanine floor, you could find Effendi Ghazali, Sumohadi Marsis, Angky Camaro, Butet Kertaradjasa, and Arif Affandi, having a small reunion over cups of coffee, while watching salsa band performance.

The clubbing effect made Hasiholaan from Antara and some of his friends got up late that morning, and missed the tour to Pasar Genteng. "Rommy (from Maverick) has rang us up on 7 am., and we did pick up the receiver, but I didn't know what happened next. Probably I fell asleep again right after that ... until Rommy called us back on 10. "

During the trip to House of Sampoerna, all finalists gave away their contact numbers and email address. "We have to keep in touch, AAS 2006 batch I," said Arif Kuswardono from Tempo.


Two guys. Journalists from two different media. Know nothing about each other, but then they found out that they’re actually neighbours!

This ‘heart-warming’ reunion (hehehe) happened between Josephus Primus from KCM and Arie M.P. Tamba from Jurnal Nasional in Juanda Airport, Gate 8—where all finalists of AAS 2006 were waiting for their GA flight back to Jakarta. This episode was just one of many touchy episodes happened during 3 days of AAS Awarding Night program.


Sure, we have to keep in touch! Just wait for the launch of AAS mailing list, ok ;p and see you there!!!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Maverick's Click of the Week #5 : Budi Putra's The Gadget

The blogosphere is surely a communication medium that needs to be taken seriously, and certainly has been growing in such an amazing rate. This is also happening in Indonesia, and several Indonesian blogging icons have emerged since. One of them is Budi Putra, a senior IT editor of Koran Tempo and Tempo Interaktif, who has been one of the faces of Indonesia's blogging community. Budi Putra, a journalist who has written several books on IT, has also been interviewed by other media such the WSJ.

I am personally delighted with this development as the local blogging community has a figure to speak on behalf of them (from the IT perspective, for starters, as we know that blogging is about the endless variety of content that can be posted in it). And I guess we can't expect Roy Suryo to be talking in the media about all aspects of the IT world.

However, Budi Putra's thegadgetnet blog was nominated for our Click of the Week by Maverick's Irma who has extensively and regularly browsed the site. Here's what she said about Budi Putra's recent entry, about him being interview by WSJ and the BBC:
In this blog, BP simply writes about his experience of being interviewed by two foreign media : Wall Street Journal & BBC London. As we all know that one of the main task of a journalist’s duty is to interview those who has the source of news which definitely contain news value. But what’s different with this blog, BP shares his experience of how he feels to get interviewed.

I chose his blog because it is not just about IT and gadgets which BP mostly blogs about, but just a short story about one of his interesting experiences.

I think this story is both motivating for other journalists out there and they would consider BP as a good role model of an IT/Telecom journalist.
Congratulations, Mr Budi Putra!

Bisnis Indonesia's "new" Tabloid

The Mavericks would like to congratulate Bisnis Indonesia as it celebrates its 21st anniversary today. Some of us actually went to Wisma Bisnis Indonesia there earlier today during lunchtime to congratulate them. 21 years is quite a long time and the newspaper has come a long way to become one of the most prominent business publication in Indonesia.

In today's edition, Bisnis published two pages of "Special Report" on the current “Media Business Trend”. Although overall it has that self "Congratulation Ad" feel, it is still very informative. It also has comments from Trade Minister Mari E. Pangestu, who probably gets quoted by Bisnis at least every other day.

On its 21st anniversary edition, Bisnis Indonesia is also announcing that its Sunday edition "Bisnis Minggu" will start coming out in a new format: a Tabloid.

Bisnis Minggu will be printed in fancier paper, will have more pictures, more features on business opportunities, tips, investment, automotive, etc. With all this, hopefully they will also earn more in advertising revenue.

Like other print media, Bisnis Indonesia has also tried publishing spin-off tabloid or papers of its main paper. The Trendigital tabloid is still on the shelves, but its sister publication Bisnis Uang only lived for a short period of time. Let’s hope for the best for this Sunday tabloid.

If you didn't already know, The Jakarta Post is also preparing its "Weekender" monthly magazine that's coming out in January 2007. This monthly magazine is also out to grab the ad money from the "lifestyle" products and services that have been "reluctant" to place ads in the daily paper edition. In a couple of months, TJP will decide whether this monthly supplement magazine could actually become a weekly edition.

So, we'll see how two newspapers will compete in the Sunday issue battle. The Jakarta Post currently has a circulation of under 40,000 while Bisnis Indonesia is over 80,000. Let's see how the math works out for the ad buyers.

Here's a peek of "Bisnis Minggu - Business Lifestyle" Tabloid. A journalist held a copy of its very first edition for Maverick's Shilla. This copy will be available for public on Friday 15 December 2006, but M. Sarwani (the editor of Bisnis Minggu) has given Mavericks several copies of it today.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

What’s going on in the biggest newspaper in the country?

“Thank God I am no longer working for Kompas….”

It is a shocking phrase that I heard from a journalist friend who just resigned from Kompas a few months ago. She was telling me the story about how the biggest and most influential newspaper in Indonesia has poorly treated its own journalist Bambang Wisodo. So I asked her “Why did you say that?”

Here’s what she told me:

Bambang Wisodo is not a junior reporter in Kompas. Before being sacked, he was last assigned with the humaniora desk. Over the last eight years, Bambang, who is one of the AJI (aliansi Jurnalis Independen) founders, was actively fighting to win back the 20% shares belonging to the employees in Kompas. As a result of being too outspoken, according to my source, the boss in Kompas was always trying to find reason to get Bambang assigned outside Jakarta. Aware that it was all politics to shut him up, Bambang would always refuse to be posted outside Jakarta. At one point, he was suspended for his refusal. One day during the suspension period, Bambang came to Kompas, but he was stopped by the security guard before entering the premises. Bambang insisted to enter because, despite that he was under suspension, he is still an employee of Kompas. Then the Pemred came out and handed him the PHK letter. Not only that, according to the story, Bambang was then dragged out of the premises by the security guards.

“Actually many employees of Kompas are now worried about their future. They ask a lot from their employees, while they don’t treat us fairly..” the girl said ending her story and leaving me in shock.

I still cannot believe that I’m hearing such a story about the most credible publication in the country. Where all those values that they always promote “menyuarakan amanat hati nurani rakyat?” because of this incident, many are questioning whether the values such as democracy, transparency, and fighting for human rights that always being voiced by Kompas are actually genuine.

One thing for sure, the almost impeccable image that it has built through the decades is now in danger.

But then again this is all just coming from one side. The great thing about blogs is that the accused can argue their case right here in this forum.

So, we're waiting to hear what Kompas has to say about this, or perhaps a fellow Kompas journalist who knows a different twist of this story?

For The Love of... 'epret-epret'

I had a great time last Friday. Who would have thought sharing session with Samuel Mulia would be more than just fun, full of giggles and laughter, and most of all.. so insightful!

Samuel finally stepped into the orange house just before 5.00 p.m. last Friday. He was introduced to everybody and rushed to the meeting room to begin the sharing session.

I came in late. So I missed the beginning part of the discussion. All I realized was the room filled with laughter the moment I entered and Samuel was explaining about working for some events with few brands and the nity gritty part which he defines as… ‘yang epret-epret itu lho’ in his very own distinct style.

Samuel shared his valuable experience from the time he headed A+ Magazine, SOAP magazine, to his current occupation as the Special Project Editor with The Jakarta Post, not for the paper, but for its upcoming monthly magazine insert that will be known as the "Weekender". Nowadays Samuel is known nationwide through his PARODI column in the Sunday edition of KOMPAS. Sam is very proud with his achievements throughout his many years of career, from his years in the core team of DEWI magazine, and also when he sold the cover page of A+ magazine to a sponsor, which was the first time such thing was done in Indonesia. Not long after that, other followed.

Being a very straight forward person, Sammy is not embarrassed to admit whatever business he’s doing is 70% based on the money aspect. That’s what drives him to bring, give the best idea and end result with whomever it is he’s working with. According to Sammy, the tendency of what we called as a ‘corporate culture’ which most of the time, gets in the way. Not to mention bureaucracy, idealism and individual differences, prevents us from giving what is needed, and which may be the best or most appropriate result for our end users. In the end, they are the ones who will help us to achieve that success. Sammy also shared how to see things from many different perspectives, get out of the box, yet, be considerate. Move ahead one step at a time. When the right time has come, you’ll get to see what else the world has to offer you.

His piece of advise for us PR practitioners, to always understand what the media needs, not only what we need or expect them to do for us. Pay attention to those little precious detail, then you will gain the most out of it. Be approachable to the media, give a bit of personal touch, and make them feel like they are needed, because you really do need them!

Sammy’s love for fashion and lifestyle has brought him to the level where he is now. He can see things from angles which any other person can’t. He shared with us that changing a mindset of a person may cost you a lifetime, what more a nation to think or do as what we perceive as the best or the right thing.

The wisest thing to do is be a pioneer! Lead the way, be successful, and eventually you’ll find yourself having people to follow you.

As I mentioned earlier, I wasn’t entirely in the room during the session; however the small part of the whole story as what I just shared has contributed quite a big portion into my perspective. Hope it contributes something to you too!

Friday, December 08, 2006

AAS 2006: Hardnews and Feature Category Finalists - Salute!

Finally, without further ado, the Finalists for AAS 2006 HARDNEWS and FEATURE CATEGORY are:

Social Hardnews Subcategory:
1. Yuniar (Bapak Pergi Ibu Marasai Pula - Singgalang)
2. Nopianti (Krama Bali Di Tanggerang Donor Darah - Nusa Bali)
3. Adi Marsiela (Butuh Dana Sekolah, Dimas Nekat Menembus Paspampres - Suara Pembaruan)

Arts and Music Hardnews Subcategory
1. Arianto SP (Hari ini Soundrenaline 2006 Serukan Kedamaian - Metro Banjar)
2. Adi Marsiela (Konser Amal Untuk Pangandaran - Suara Pembaruan)
3. Tasman Banto (Lagu Pamungkas Ratu Di Monumen Mandala - Tribun Timur)

Sports Hardnews Subcategory
1. Dodi Syah Putra (Cari Modal di Main Kandang - Padang Ekspress)
2. Bastian Alkaf (Gelar Kedua Banjarbaru - Mata Banua)
3. Nopianti (Daudy Menang, Yenny Sedih - Nusa Bali)

Economics and Business Hardnews Subcategory
1. Josephus Primus (Memberdayakan Pengusaha Topeng Monyet – Kompas Cyber Media)
2. Nopianti (Ketika Pasar Seni Sukowato Diboyong Ke Mall Pasar Raya Grande Jakarta - Nusa Bali)
3. Rana Akbari Fitriawan (Bandung Ekspor Alat Pengolah Sampah -Tempo News Room)

Social Feature Subcategory
1. Arif Adi Kuswardono (Berlindung Pada Bapak Tersangka – Tempo)
2. Metta Dharmasaputra (Hikayat Heni, Gadis Tionghoa – Tempo)
3. Irawan Santoso (Misteri Suap Probosutedjo – Forum)

Arts and Music Feature Subcategory
1. Ipik Tanoyo (Soundrenaline: Menuju Konser ala Woodstock - Bali Post)
2. Arie MP Tamba (Biografi Yang Memperkaya Teks Fiksi - Jurnal Nasional)
3. Bambang Sulistyo (Wayang, Di Balik Bayang-Bayang Perubahan - Gatra)

Sports Feature Subcategory
1. Adi Prinantyo (Liga Indonesia Untuk Siapa? - Kompas)
2. Yudhi Febiana Oktaviadhi (Mari Pahami Rahasia Sepak Bola - Bola)
3. Nopianti (Banting stir jadi kontraktor - Nusa Bali)

Economics and Business Feature Subcategory
1. Iwan Ungsi (Dilema Negara Kaya Miskin Visi - Jawa Pos)
2. Irwan Andri Atmanto (Menjadi Tamu Di Negeri Sendiri - Gatra)
3. Heri Susanto (Berpacu Mendorong Kereta Mogok - Tempo)

The above-mentioned journalists, together with the previous photojournalists, will be invited to AAS Awarding Night in Surabaya on December 15, 2006, where winners of all categories will be announced.


Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Maverick's Click of the Week #4: A Platonic World

The Maverick Click of the Week has come to its 4th week and it’s really cool that we’ve received great responses from everyone.

And this week, Mavericks pick the blog of Agung Harsya, a journalist from FourFourTwo magazine, entitled “A Platonic World”.

The blog was nominated by Maverick’s Awie who had this to say about the blog:

From “A Platonic World,” we can see a plain perspective in looking at life, at the world. “Entahlah... Makin dipikirkan, makin terasa seperti belenggu,” write the platonic man on his 26th birthday.

Easy reading comes with a soft lay out. In the midst of tight deadlines, I say, most of everyone of us can venture to the Platonic World and read a bit. It wouldn’t weary your eyes, hopefully it would brighten up your vision.

I personally would like to see more pictures in Platonic World, but I do completely agree with Awie that the blog is a nice and easy read. His last posting is a review of the film “Looking for Comedy in Muslim World”, which I thought would have been nice if there were a picture of the film’s poster on it (without violating any copyrights, that is).

Yet his other postings are mostly on life and how lives it as the “Platonic Man”. And of course they’re quite abstract to actually put a relevant image on it, so Agung Harsya pictures them with his words.

Cheers, Agung Harsya…

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

AAS 2006: Photo Category Finalists - Congrats!

The moment you've been waiting for: Finalists for AAS 2006 photojournalist category has been decided. It was not an easy decision for the judges as most entries are of high quality. There were no questions in terms of photography techniques. Most interestingly is the message behind the pictures. As they say, pictures speaks louder than words.

Here are the names of photojournalists that will compete in AAS 2006's Awarding Night in Surabaya! Congratulations for all finalists!

From sport subcategory, the AAS 2006 photo finalists are:
1. Afriadi Akmal from Behind The Screen magazine (Tired)
2. Sugeng from Jawa Pos (Suporter Apes)
3. Danu Kusworo from Kompas (Nonton Balap Sepeda)

From social subcategory, the AAS 2006 photo finalists are:
1. Crack Palinggi from Reuters (Kebakaran Hutan)
2. Raditya Helabumi from Kompas biro Jatim (Selamatkan Warga)
3. Lasti Kurnia from Kompas (Dunia Sekolah Anak Bajo)

From economy/business subcategory, the AAS 2006 photo finalists are:
1. Lucky Pransiska from Kompas (Antisipasi Kebutuhan LPG)
2. Hasiholan from Batak Post (Pengangguran Meningkat)

From art & music performance subcategory, the AAS 2006 photo finalists are:
1. Yudhi Sukmawijaya from Jurnal Nasional (Tarian Jalanan)
2. Boy Harjanto from Indo Pos (Dalang Suket)

For economy/business and art&music performance subcategory, the board of judges decided to select 2 finalists only. "Other photos are also of high quality, but the two chosen are so outstanding that it was really difficult to choose the third one,” Effendi Gazali and Oscar Motuloh shared the same opinion.

However, the photos in sport subcategory received two-thumbs up from the judges. "The finalists’ pictures portray the current condition of Indonesian sport—and this is what photojournalism is all about,” photography expert Oscar Motuloh said enthusiastically.

The above-mentioned finalists will be invited to AAS Awarding Night in Surabaya on December 15, 2006, where winners of all categories will be announced.

However, seeing these pictures below, would you like to make your lucky guess on who will the winners be?

Monday, December 04, 2006

Maverick Welcomes Nia

Maverick welcomes Nia K. Sadjarwo who joins Maverick as Associate from December 1st. On top of her knowledge in mass communications, Nia brings strong administration and execution skills to Maverick.

Previously, Nia worked as an event organizer at ESMOD Jakarta and GPR Coordinator as well as Academic Manager of Post Graduate Programs at the London School of Public Relations. She also holds a BA degree in mass communications from the London School of Public Relations.

“I’ve always wanted to be a PR person,” said Nia. “Maverick is the right place for me, as I know this is the place where I can learn, broaden my knowledge and experience in PR, and challenge myself," she added

Well Nia, we are happy to have you aboard. In Maverick, it is not only about learning and broadening your knowledge, but more importantly, having fun while doing it.

Friday, December 01, 2006

The Walkley Awards

The Walkley Awards are the Australia's most prestigious journalist accolade. The Walkleys were established in 1956. Starting from five categories, today Walkleys has grown to more than 30 award categories involving printed media, radio and television.
Last night, the Walkleys announced the 2006 Walkley Awards winners in Melbourne. We'd like to congratulate our journalist friend, who has been living in Indonesia for the past 10 months for winning one of the Walkley Awards. Morgan Mellish, an Indonesia Correspondent for the Australian Financial Review won the Walkey Awards for the Business Journalism category. His article, titled "The Robert Gerard Tax Scandal", was nominated in two categories, which were Print News Report and Business Journalism. He told Maverick that he needed couple of months to investigate the scandal and wrote such a detailed article on the issue. Well, it looks like all the hard work actually pays off! Well done, Morgan! We should celebrate it when we see you in the next JFCC event! :)

check The Walkley's website:

A Not Surprise Birthday Party for Ira Koesno

What happened if a surprise birthday party turned out to be a not surprise birthday party at all?

Well, I guess, the birthday girl should just pretend to be surprised to satisfy the guests.

This scene happened in Ira Koesno’s birthday party last night. Some of her friends organized the supposed-to-be-a-surprise-birthday-party at Romeo CafĂ©, Automall. Numbers of people were there, including IKComm’s clients, journalists, communications practitioners, etc. They were all waiting for the birthday lady, hoping to see her expressions when she entered the venue.

But then, when she got in to the place, she didn’t look surprise at all! Apparently, she said, “Someone sent me sms asking about this party! Hahaha…”.
Ooowwhhh.. who’s that clumsy guy?? But then, Ira said, “However, I’m still surprised as I didn’t expect that there would be so many people attending this party. Thank you so much everyone..”.

After she blew all the candles on her birthday cake (there were thirty something candles.. am not gonna write it here, Ira, don’t worry! Hehe..), the organizer presented a video showing some pictures of Ira when she was a little girl until she became a famous TV presenter then started her own company together with two of her best friends.

It was a fun party. There were some fun games and lots of doorprizes. Even I got two presents from winning a doorprize and “being forced” to participate in a “dangdut” dancing game! Hahaha..

Well, happy birthday, Ira Koesno! All the best for you and keep shining, girl!

Ps: You have one year to practice on your act: pretend to be surprised in case there will be another surprise birthday party for you next year! :D