Year-end recap: What you might have missed in 2021

Year-end recap: What you might have missed in 2021

By Jessica Damiana

And what to expect in 2022


Here's a look back at the major happenings within the media industry that came out of the past 12 months. So, what have you missed?

The news and updates
COVID-related issues are still dominating the highlight of 2021 in Indonesia, yet the nation's media industry refused to back down and keep its pulses beating with several breakthroughs throughout the year. 

So far, we have published around 847 journalist moves, including Georg Matthes who led the editorial team of Deutsche Welle in Asia Pacific out of Jakarta, Andreas Ismar who joined, and Freelancer Antonia Timmerman who found her home in Rest of World. Kompas TV’s Executive Producer Riko Anggara left his role to join Liputan6 (SCTV) as its Senior Manager News Production Department Head.

Tribun Media Network continues its expansion with the launch of and Tribun Ambon. Likewise with Pikiran Rakyat Media Network which now has at least 66 outlets under its umbrella. In May 2021, Evi Mariani and her colleagues launched Project Multatuli. We also saw the launch of, which specialises in automation technology, industry, and manufacturing news in the country. In terms of lifestyle media, MNC Portal Indonesia established

In August 2021, FORTUNE Indonesia was revived by IDN Media, with Hendra Soeprajitno helming the headmast. There was also the launch of JurnalBikers in January 2021.

Interestingly, Indonesia also sees a rise in English language media in 2021 compared to the previous year. Media Group launched Metro Globe Network, Pikiran Rakyat Media Network with, and Sari Kusumaningrum who established The S Media. 

Features and webinars
We kicked off our journalist interview with Jonathan Pandapotan who won Anugerah Adinegoro 2020. Then we also interviewed a group of journalists on World Mental Health Day and national press day, as well as journalists sharing their thoughts about their preferences when communicating with PRs and an ideal press release.

During the year, we also discussed various issues like media paywall and the return of offline in the midst of COVID-19, such as what we can learn from Tokyo 2020 and preparation for PON 2020. Several other prominent journalists in Indonesia also shared their interesting thoughts such as Christine Franciska of Glance, Ion Akhmad of, Purwandana Budyandaka of, Tubagus Guritno of, Vinsensius Sitepu of, and Narasi’s Aqwam Fiazmi Hanifan.

MNC Portal Indonesia and Fortune Indonesia also opened a little bit of their behind-the-scene stories through our webinars.

The APAC Survey
In early 2021, we brought you the report of Telum's communication surveys from the Asia Pacific, which shows how the communications professionals dealings with COVID and its challenges... and this year, we're going to have another Asia Pacific-wide survey with journalists.

The survey aims to produce a report on Asia Pacific's state of journalism, understanding the changes in newsroom structures, journalism as a career, perception of the media, business, and revenue models, as well as working with communications practitioners. You can complete the survey here and join with almost 1.000 journalists across APAC who have shared their thoughts.

So that's it! How much have you missed out? Ensure you keep up with the latest changes within the industry and subscribe to our weekly newsletter. Although there is no way of knowing what the onrushing train of 2022 would bring, the Indonesia media landscape does share a glimpse of enthusiasm for the upcoming year of the tiger.

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FORTUNE Indonesia

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Pikiran Rakyat Media Network

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Tribun Papua

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