The foreign editor at a major national newspaper recently asked for a column about young journalists who inspire me. There are many but none more than the Indonesian, Febriana Firdaus.
When Western journalists parachute into a country for a week of reporting, they contact journalists like Firdaus who give them story ideas, sources and generally work as a “fixer” (usually without a byline or fair financial compensation). We’re out to change that. It’s our model to pair a Western journalist with a journalist from the country where the story is taking place to work together inequal partnership.