Telum vox pop: 5 things to know about broadcast journalism

Telum vox pop: 5 things to know about broadcast journalism

Telum Media caught up with radio and television journalists in Indonesia to discuss their roles and scope of work. Find out their thoughts on Telum’s 5 things to know about broadcast journalists!

Danang Sundoro, Sports Editor, RRI (Radio Republik Indonesia)
1. Opportunity to travel abroad
Working in the sports sector, I have the opportunity to travel abroad almost every year. There are numerous sports championships held overseas.

2. Multiplatform
Radio nowadays is no longer limited to speaking in front of a microphone. We are now expected to operate across multiple platforms. We have, RRIplay Go, and Pro3 Siniar.

3. Working hours
Working hours at RRI can extend up to 7.5 hours, with effective broadcasting ranging from four to five hours.

4. Multiple roles
My role at RRI is not purely office-based. Sometimes I work as a Reporter while in the field, as an Editor when in front of my laptop, as the Head of Desk when in charge of an event program at RRI, and as a Presenter at Pro3 Siniar.

5. Dubber
I also sometimes become a dubber to voice advertisements on RRI, depending on needs and content.

Harfin Naqsyabandy, News Producer, SCTV
1. Salary
The salary of a Broadcast Journalist is often perceived to be substantial. However, it turns out it's not as glamorous as people say. The size of the salary depends on one's achievements and skills.

2. Big risk
Being a TV journalist comes with significant risks, especially for those in the field. They have to produce high-quality coverage with large and valuable tools. They also bear great responsibility for the outcome of their reporting and the security of their equipment.

3. Working hours
Working hours cannot be predicted, especially for those working in the field. Being a TV journalist means chasing moments and ambiance. They must be ready to work early mornings and late nights, sometimes even working 24 hours without a break.

4. Promising career progression
Starting as a Reporter, one can gradually move up to become an Assistant Producer, then a Producer, and eventually an Executive Producer. The duration of this progression depends on the individual's performance.

5. Visuals
In the world of broadcast journalism on television, we compete with others to capture distinctive visuals. We must strive to obtain captivating visuals that can be enjoyed by the viewers. We need to be skilled at analysing events.

Wella Andany, Documentary, and Investigative Reporter, Kompas TV
1. All about visuals
Images or footage on television media are highly crucial. If we can't obtain visuals, we have to think of suitable illustrations as substitutes.

2. Multiple production process
I mostly create documentary stories. After acquiring coverage footage, we transcribe, separate the visuals and audio, and then select the materials suitable for broadcasting.

3. Longer than it looks like
People think our job is simple, but actually, it can take up to a week to make a single documentary story.

4. Wider career progression in TV
We can be Presenters, Producers, or even Podcasters. Each position requires approximately two to three years of experience.

5. Exploring our materials
In online media, journalists can typically produce lengthy and detailed written content. However, on television, we strive to find ways to present captivating visuals. Displaying too much data can become dull.

More stories

Telum Media


Harfin Naqsyabandy

News Producer

Danang Sundoro

Sports Editor

Wella Andany

Documentary and Investigative Reporter

Telum Media

1 contact, 128 media requests

Kompas TV

14 contacts, 4 media requests


31 contacts

RRI (Radio Republik Indonesia)

13 contacts, 1 media request

Get in touch to hear more

Request demo

Telum Media


Regular email alerts featuring the latest news and moves from the media industry across Asia Pacific Enjoy exclusive daily interviews with senior journalists and PRs as well as in-house editorial and features from the Telum team

Subscribe for alerts