Harry Surjadi – Indonesia

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_row_inner 0=””][vc_column_inner 0=””][vc_single_image image=”3194″ img_size=”full” style=”vc_box_rounded”][vc_btn title=”CV”][vc_btn title=”Letter of reference 1″][vc_btn title=”Letter of reference 2″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There are several reasons or considerations why I am applying for WFSJ’s board

1. I’ve been reporting science (focusing on environmental sciences and issues)
for more than 20 years. In the last 10 years, I was also helping young journalists
to report science stories. One of them, I helped SjCOOP Asia, the WFSJ program
on science journalism mentoring in Asia.

2. I could say – based on my 20 years experiences as science journalist – media in
Asia or more specific in South East Asia are not interested in science reporting.
They are more interested in politics and economy reporting. Only the big media
has science section or science program.

3. Asia is the biggest continent in the world, in term of area and population.
Population in Asia is around 4.436 billion in 2016 and the world population is
around 7 billion. More than half of the world’s population live in Asia alone. Asians
account for the largest media consumers.

4. There are 50 independent countries in Asia (most of them are developing
countries). The three largest countries are in Asia: China, India, and Indonesia.
But, there are only eight science journalist organizations in Asia. Asia is the
center stage of media world as reported by FAO.

5. The role of science journalist is needed in Asia to increase science literacy of
the half world population, to help government of countries in Asia to consider
research before issuing policies, to advance

The WFSJ should bring back science journalism to Asia after the First World
Conference of Science Journalists in Japan. If I were selected as WFSJ Board
member, I would focus in helping WFSJ to bring again science journalism to Asia:

1. Helping science journalists in ASEAN member states to establish science
journalist organizations. There are only two science journalist organizations
member of WFSJ in South East Asia: Philippine and Indonesia. And one group of
science journalists is under the national journalist association in Vietnam. In
Thailand, there is Thai Society of Environmental Journalists that not WFSJ

2. With the organizations of science journalists in ASEAN, I would like to
organize the Forum of Science Journalists in ASEAN

3. Then to organize the Forum of Science Journalists in Asia.

4. If Africa and Arab have association of science journalists, Asia supposedly has
one association of science journalists also. With the help of WFSJ, science
journalist organizations in Asia could establish the Asia Association of Science
Journalists. The members are science journalist organizations in every countries
in Asia.

Thank you for considering my application. Thank you to Dominique Forget who
has encouraged me to apply for WFSJ’s board member.

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