I tackled two controversial bills, namely
– Coal and Mineral Law and
– Omnibus Law.
The latter step helped to save time for the second step, which was the content and discourse analysis that require a thorough reading and critical thinking.
What I personally found fascinating in this process was what I learned about reading between the lines!
I had to read and re-read some of the articles 2 or 3 times to fully understand the framing, the interest, and the potential biases. I also sometimes had to detach my opinion from the issue that I was covering to avoid my own biases. It was quite an exercise!
The third, and probably most challenging step was to contact the journalists and editors and to schedule for interviews. It took time to follow up with them, but overall, I enjoyed talking to them and learning about their reporting journeys since most of them are senior journalists.
Every person I interviewed has a unique background and is passionate about what they do. They are also highly knowledgeable on the coal and energy issues. The level of journalistic experience corresponded with the confidence that they brought when they talked about these topics and sharing their firsthand experience.
Overall, the discussion around Omnibus Law, and Coal and Mineral Law in Indonesia has been quite intense this year.
I personally think that this is the narrative that the national media should put forward in their articles. Moreover, there needs to be stronger emphasis on how relaxing coal-related regulations will bring negative impacts to the environment, and further, to people’s livelihood especially those who live within the proximity of the coal mines.
Based on this research outcome, I feel called to write more and play my role within my capacity as a researcher and communication strategist to raise the public’s awareness on the climate impacts of fossil fuels. With the vast green energy potentials in Indonesia, including solar, wind, hydro, and geo-thermal; there is a lot to be done to promote this potential not only through the conventional media, but also by utilizing various modern platforms like social media and podcasts to tap into new audiences.