Dr. Imron: Writing Skills Can Be Learned

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Dr. Imron when delivering material in the Batch 2 Journalistic School in Kahuripan Room 301, Campus Management Office C UNAIR on Saturday, August 24. (Photo: Andi Pramono)
Dr. Imron when delivering material in the Batch 2 Journalistic School in Kahuripan Room 301, Campus Management Office C UNAIR on Saturday, August 24. (Photo: Andi Pramono)

UNAIR NEWS – New writers face challenges when they start to write. One of them appears pessimistic feelings, especially choosing to dive in the journalism realm. Former Jawa Pos Editor, Dr. Imron Mawardi acknowledged the emergence of such a phenomenon.

Reflecting on his story, Dr. Imron recognizes that writing is not his talent. However, his work in journalism up to 15 years, to be exact in one of the largest media in Indonesia, Jawa Pos.

“Writing is not my talent,” he said when delivering basic journalistic material in Batch 2 Journalism School in Kahuripan Room 301, Campus C Management Office on Saturday, August 24.

However, Dr. Imron added that the ability to write could be learned and built, as well as what he experienced and did when starting to take part in the world of journalism.

“Because of the professionalism of being a journalist, I can do that by learning to write,” he said.

Dr. Imron said journalists or people who carry out journalistic activities are classified as professions. Furthermore, one of the signs is the existence of a code of ethics that accompanies it. That code of ethics, said Dr. Imron, can be one of the basic methods used by someone to be able to write journalistically.

“Besides that, we must know the principles of journalism,” he said.

The important thing is knowledge of the basic concepts of journalistic rules. Nowadays there is interesting news, but not important. On the other hand, a lot of important news, but less interesting. Dr. Imron said that journalist needs to write down all the important information, news, in a very interesting way.

“In the media, there is such a thing called news value. Namely, the criteria, a piece of information that can be made into news, “he said.

“There are ten criteria. Such as the actual value (actuality), dramatic, spectacular, informative, exclusive, character, human interest, unique, closeness (space and emotions), and different angles, “he added.

Therefore, ability or good writing skills can be learned. Some people can write, said Dr. Imron. However, that does not mean that someone who is not talented cannot produce great writing content.

“So, don’t hesitate. Writing skills can be learned, ” he concluded.

In fact, Dr. Imron who is also Secretary of Information and Public Relations Center (PIH) UNAIR became a guest speaker as well as motivating student on Batch 2 Journalistic School at Kahuripan Room 301 Campus C Management Office on Saturday, August 24.

PIH actively opens for academicians contribution, especially students who are active in writing. The event was attended by 90 students and 30 participants with the best writing skills will be contributors to news.unair.ac.id. (*)

Author: Feri Fenoria

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