Andini Effendi is one of Indonesia’s most accomplished journalists. Currently a senior correspondent with Metro TB in Jakarta, Effendi has interviewed world leaders including Robert Mugabe, Shimon Peres, Benigno Aquino Jr., Joko Widodo, David Beckham, Mahathir Mohammad, Bill Gates, Anwar Ibrahim, and Mamnoon Hussain. Effendi’s contribution to journalism in Indonesia resulted in her receiving the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Elizabeth O’Neill Journalism Award in 2019.
Elizabeth O’Neill OAM was an Australian diplomat who died on 7 March 2007 in the crash of Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 in Yogyakarta while on service with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Prior to her death, O’Neill was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2003. The honour was awarded to O’Neill as she was a member of the DFAT Bali crisis taskforce where she liaised with the media following the Bali bombings in 2002.
Coordinated by the Australia-Indonesia Institute, the Award given in O’Neill’s name is given to one Australian and one Indonesian recipient each year. Awardees spend two weeks in Indonesia and Australia, respectively, and the program is coordinated to deepen their understanding of contemporary issues in each country. The program is tailored to their area of expertise and includes visiting a range of organisations including the media, academia, government and non-government organisations, and media industry and umbrella organisations.
During Effendi’s program in Australia, she visited Western Australia where the Perth USAsia Centre convened a roundtable of stakeholders to discuss Australia-Indonesia relations in the context of the Indo-Pacific. The roundtable focused on Indonesia’s contemporary media landscape including the rapid changes accelerated by social media. The roundtable provided unique insight into Australia’s role, reputation and perception in Indonesia’s media through the lens of a leading senior journalist.
More can be read about the Elizabeth O’Neill Journalism Award on the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.