today, i attend the popular writing workshop in FISIP UA, actually this is a two days workshop hosted by FISIP UA and redaktur opini kompas from kompas jakarta. For your information, kompas is one leading newspaper company that erected 45 years ago in Jakarta. The workshop trainer is Irwan Julianto, and he shares a very great experience in writing opinion in Kompas newspaper. In fact that is not easy to write opinion page since it needs a deep and good critical thinking about the latest issues happen in the society, and it should be write in a simple language so every people can read the article.
The session is divided into three, first, the introduction of popular writing and articles, the kompas history (presented in video documenter scene), the opinion page in kompas newspaper, and the criteria of good article. Furthermore, the nest session is about choosing the topic for opinion page, where every participant should give one potential topic for his/her article. Off course, the topic should popular and became an national or regional issues, and match with the writer education/expertise background.
I feel, this is very challenging, since, I admitted that I never wrote for any newspaper. I only know how to write a research paper, but now I should express one interesting topic regarding on my expertise in Library and information field?? The step by step to choose the topic is, reading the today’s newspaper (kompas), then choose one news, feature, or opinion, and try to write about one of the interesting topic. I never though that writing for newspaper is very hard, you should be able to write in a very short time. Compare to journal article writing that has very long time.
However, finally i got my topic which is the gap of information access between they who live in the city and rural. This is only a concept, but tonight I should write a full article about that to be presented tomorrow (on the third session).
to be continued..