To celebrate National Press Day on 9 February 2018, Network and Alumni Officer, Mega Savitri, interviewed Wahyu Dhyatmika (University of Westminster, 2004), Editor in Chief Tempo.co.
Q: When and what did you study in UK?
A: I studied International Journalism in University of Westminster London, and finished in 2005.
Q: You are known as an investigative reporter and an editor for Tempo Media Group. What motivates you to work in this field?
A: I work as a journalist because I believe the public can make good decision for themselves only if we are better informed about it. Good journalism is essential for any democracy because it ensure a transparent and dynamic public discourse on matters of public interest.
Q: Based on our knowledge, you were involved in cross-border investigations such as SwissLeaks and Panama Papers. How did you get involved and what kind of impact you’d like to achieve?
A: Cross border investigation projects is a new trend in journalism nowadays, because news organizations around the world start to realize that we need to collaborate and work together as a global team. One of the reasons is because now issues and challenges have become trans-national and crossing borders as well. Environmental issues, tax avoidance cases, corruption, etc, now involve multiple players from different countries. The only way to better report it is by working together across newsrooms.
Q: You worked on numerous investigations, and won prestigious awards such as Mochtar Lubis Award and award from The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Jakarta. Can you tell us about your proudest work?
A: I am most proud not when I won awards, but when my journalistic works can really change things and make impact. After Tempo published an investigation into migrant workers’s insurance scheme back in 2012, the government decided to overhaul the system and make sure the insurance really benefit migrant workers. That kind of things are really what motivates me to keep telling stories and investigate wrongdoings.
Q: Do you have any messages for Chevening alumni who are working in this field as well?
A: Now its a difficult time to be a journalist, with the digital disruption and changing business model. The rise of social media also contribute to the decline of trust to conventional media. However, I believe there’s an opportunity now to help shape what journalism will become in the digital era. The public needs journalism now more than ever, to help them navigate this tsunami of information. We only need to find a better way to tell stories and engage our readers.
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