The danger of hacker Bjorka to the Government lies not in the information he purportedly hacked and leaked. The danger comes from the reaction of Indonesian netizens to any news or posts about Bjorka’s antics. Bjorka Check out Twitter and other social media news feeds and typical reactions are support for Bjorka and criticism of... Continue Reading →
RIP Jakarta Globe (Printed Version) 2008-2015
The Jakarta Globe has been interesting to watch since its birth in 2008, beginning with an idealism to start a quality newspaper against a trend of dropping readership in printed dailies. Unspun was skeptical of the paper's success from the start, a view that won him few friends in the startup paper then. But Unspun began to have... Continue Reading →
Connecting Deeper and soaring to great heights at the #APMF2014
Unspun had the privilege to be invited to attend and to speak at the Asia Pacific Media Forum (APMF) 2014, a biennial gathering of creatives, advertising agencies, media houses, publishers and advertisers from huge brands. And what a privilege it was! It was what a convention is supposed to be - meticulous organisation, an eclectic... Continue Reading →
9 Indonesian media houses laying off staff
Why are 9 media houses in Indonesia laying off staff? Maverick Awie Yudiansyah discusses the issue in Talking Points: Media lemas, karyawan dilepas Tidak hanya satu atau dua, tapi sembilan media massa harus melepaskan sejumlah karyawan mereka awal tahun ini. Diawali bulan lalu, Globe Media Group yang membawahi Investor Daily, The Jakarta Globe, Globe Asia,... Continue Reading →
More confirmation of Lippo’s Malaysian entry?
This just in from a Malaysian source: Financial analyst at RHB Research today said Riady/Lippo is targetting to buy into Penang-based Kwong Wah Yit Poh. The China Press reports in tmr's edition. Could there be any truth at all to such reports?
Indonesian tycoon to expand his influence to Malaysia?
If this report is true then Indonesia has some claim to being proud for its investors are extending Indonesia's influence overseas. Those in the know about Malaysia's media scene said that if such a transaction were to take place it would likely be Penang-based Kwong Wah Yit Poh of KL-based Oriental Daily as they are... Continue Reading →
Strange rumblings at English language paper?
Unspun's been at the receiving end of information regading a certain English language newspaper. Strange rumors of unhappy people wanting to leave after joining the paper for not too long...an senior local journalist with initials AP leaving... Other stranger rumors of either a fight of some sort of a violence involving a senior staffer at... Continue Reading →
Getting defensive on National Press Day
Oh the sad, sad decline of journalism. The Jakarta Post's editorial today (below) makes a spirited attempt at diagnosing what ails journalism in this country. It parades the usual culprits - the internet, broadcast channels, corporations buying into the media and even - for a brief moment - journalists themselves. "Professionalism is so sorely lacking... Continue Reading →
What good is Press Freedom?
Unspun recently had a very depressing conversation with a senior Indonesian journalist. The conversation started when Unspun asked the editor of a large newspaper, let's call him NK, what it would take to get journalists to dig below the surface in a case that has all the elements of a good story - a rich... Continue Reading →
Quixotic tilt at the Post?
Update: the Jakchatters, especially Kukukukacha seem to have got their knickers in a twist over this posting, aying that Unspun is displaying racist tendencies and being unethical (question: if anything that appears on Jakchat is supposed to be private, why don't you make the forum private, for members only?) Amuse yourselves and be disgusted by... Continue Reading →
A shrinking Globe?
Unspun hears rumors that The Jakarta Globe is considering changing its format to American broadsheet from its current full broadsheet size. If these rumors are true then it would be a bizarre decision as the Globe launched but only a few months ago and to do so at this point in time would make it... Continue Reading →
The Post strikes back with 32 pages
Competition is good. Spurred on by newcomer Jakarta Globe's 48 all-color pages and a more progressive layout, as opposed to the Jakarta Post's dowdy, anachronistic layout in 24 pages, the Post is finally putting into place long overdue changes. From Monday, Unspun's been told, the Post will have a new look and size and number... Continue Reading →