Three Tips for Success from International Relations Alumni to Work in Narasi TV

Bima Nur, an alumni of the 2018 International Relations Study Program (HI), chose to work in the media. Currently he works as a Researcher and Journalist for Narasi TV.

For him, being an international relations graduate already has a sufficiently strong, comprehensive and concrete provision to work in journalism.

According to him, there is a reason why he should be in the media and as a journalist. First, the media industry is very appropriate for individuals who have high curiosity, what is obtained must be questioned with the word why.

Second, opening and expanding networks because being a journalist requires meeting many people with various points of view.

“Third is to practice analytical skills and think critically, not to swallow information raw without verification and confirmation from two different points of view. If the chief editor, I always say that verification must be up to three layers, then we can review it,” he said.

With this curiosity, wanting to network and having the ability to analyze and think critically, working in the media as a journalist is an option that Bima highly recommends.

“We also have the advantage of being journalists when we are IR alumni, namely ‘reading and writing is our middle name’, from when we become new students reading and writing is an obligation that must be carried out by IR students. That is our provision since writing is a very basic skill that must be possessed by journalists and writing without reading is an impossibility,” he said.

The second is ‘speak like a diplomat’, the basic skill that IR students must have is public speaking, namely by making use of our skills in lobbying and negotiating during interviews so that our interlocutors can be open and relaxed.

Third, ‘too general might be a good start’, IR is a very general study, which is a pretty good start because if you are working in the media for the first time as a journalist, you are required to study many issues, understand many things.

But Bima also said that as an international relations graduate, there is a threat as a journalist, namely with the development of data information that can be accessed anywhere, it is necessary to look for data numerically, but international relations graduates are reluctant to study it quantitatively. Furthermore, there is also a demand to focus on one particular issue.

“But behind the threat, friends can make peace with numbers first and friends also need to focus on certain things, for example being interested in issues of conflict and peace, political economy, development economics and others. You don’t have a problem learning something else, but the portion is more to your friends’ interests,” he added.

Finally, Bima quoted Cokroaminoto’s words that if you want to be a great leader, write like a journalist and speak like an orator. (Uli/Humas FISIP/ Humas UB/ Trans. Iir)