The Post prepares to strike back

The slumbering Dowager stirs. They competition is good and now that the Jakarta Post has had some real compeition from the Jakarta Globe, it is being stirred into action.

Unspun hears that the Post will undergo a design change and add on more pages, although unlikely to match the Globe‘s. It will also revamp its internet strategy, launching a blog. The timing for these initiatives is the beginning of next year.

If the Post manages to get their interactive up they are likely to beat the Globe, was was long on the talk about coming up with an interactive strategy but short on the walk to make it happen. makes you wonder what a group of self-professed professionals are doing about the inexcusable delay. (One journo suggested they fire the designer who was supposed to deliver but didn’t, but it sounds like too simple and direct a solution to Unspun).

Meanwhile Unspun hears that a few months into its operations and the Globe is already losing an editor.

So New Year maybe a New Post that may set the Globe spinning in a tizzy? Let the games begin.

The Jakarta Globe spins slowly

Once again, another deadline for the Jakarta Globe to begin publishing has come and gone. The last deadline being bandied about was 20 November but that came and went with any ceremony.

The grapevine says that the delay is because James can’t get a printer for the planned 48-page all color newspaper he intends to let loose in Indonesia.

In the meantime, however, the troops in the JakGlobe are being given the rah rah rah and drilled day in, day out in writing and producing a paper that no one, except themselvs, get to read. How long can this suspension or reality and publishing deadline go on before demoralization sets in will be interesting to watch. This is especially because this time around some of the stalwarts in the Jakarta Globe aren’t even giving a targeted date.

But life goes on nonetheless. Several weird looking bules were apparently reported to be running around a park in menteng over the weekend, wearing weird traditional Indonesian gear and trying to “kidnap” a bride for one of the editors of the paper. Unspun was still in bed at that hour but he believes that the bule posse succeeded and the editor is a hitched man now. Will this affect the revenues of Face Bar as he adapts to the rigors of married and eventually family life? Only time will tell.