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ENGLISH NEWS Team Wins As ‘Special Mention’ in Jakarta Editors Lab


on team received the award as Special Mention. (Foto:

MANADO, – The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), support of Google News Lab were gathered some of the best Indonesian media innovators in Jakarta City to develop innovative journalism prototypes for election reporting.

The team won the prestigious award at the Jakarta Editors Lab 2018 event. During the announcement of the winner, the team consisting of Ronny Buol, Rahadih Gedoan and Suhandri Lariwu did not expect that to be recognized as an award winner as Special Mention.

“We came as an underdog team, because twelve other teams came from the big media,” said Rahadih on Monday (12/3/2018).

Another Special Mention winner was awarded to Team Katada. While the winner of Jakarta Editors Lab this year is Team Tempo.

Mata Desa Prototype developed by team amazed the judges, consisting of Irene Jay Liu from Google News Lab, Kuek Ser Kuang Keng from DataN, Stanley Adi Prasetyo from the Press Council of Indonesia, Titi Anggraini from Perludem, and Sarah Toporoff from Global Editors Network.

Chief Editor of Ronny Buol while presenting Mata Desa prototype (Foto:

Mata Desa is a mobile application that allows villagers could tell what they need in their village. Through this database, the villagers can get a reference which political party fits with their village development.

“This concept has cames through the observation that villagers have always been victims of political promises during the campaign season. The candidate came with program that did not fit what the villagers needed,” explained Ronny in front of the jury.

Mata Desa application helps villagers could see traces of political party records in previous elections. Villagers also can see who the candidate in accordance with the electoral district.

“We built this prototype just in two days, such a very tight competition. The national media come with the superior resources of the developer. But we just have good ideas and motivations. Maybe there is the important point,” said Suhandri.

Editors Lab is a worldwide series of hackathons hosted by the world’s leading newsrooms.

The participating organisation that followed in this year are Tempo, Katadata, Zona Utara,,, CNN TV, Radar Bojonegoro, IDNTimes, Beritagar,, Jakarta Post, Kabar Makassar and Universitas Multimedia Nusantara.

Sarah Toporoff from Global Editors Network (GEN) hopes Mata Desa prototype will be continues to be developed into an application that is ready to be distributed into the villagers and as a good platform in journalistic practice.

“There will opportunities for to get support from GEN,” said Sarah.

While the Chairman of Press Council Stanley Adi Prasetyo, reminds to about the security side of Mata Desa.

“We got many good experiences that we learned from this event. Of course it will be our asset to develop the news room in and become the motivation of Mata Desa implementation,” said Chief Editor of Ronny Buol.


Editor : Christo Senduk


Explore Manado: Culinary Tourism in Manado City

And if you like spicy foods, then maybe your tongue will be happy if you take it to Manado.



MANADO, – Almost every regions in Indonesia has their own unique culinary. Each of them has different taste in combining the foods. And if you like spicy foods, then maybe your tongue will be happy if you take it to Manado.

Manado, North Sulawesi is popular with its culinary tourism, a variety of unique traditional food has been known in both Indonesia and aboard. The most popular foods in Manado are chilies, fish, and meat. Manadonese food is famous of two things: the Minahasa eat absolutely anything, and the flavor of choice is very, very spicy. Sugar is used little if at all, with flavor added through lemon and herbs.

Well, here are the lists of culinary tourism in Manado:

  • Sambal Dabu Dabu

A spicy condiment made of hallots, peppers, bird’s eye chili, lemon juice, and some diced raw tomatoe. The Fresh and sour tasty, and spicy of course. It is perfect match with smoked fish.
  • Ayam Rica Rica

Ayam rica rice made from chicken and lots of chili that cooked in a thick coconut milk and lime.

  • Woku

Woku is the name of fish and spice mixture that cooked in a clay pot. Because it was cooked in a clay pot for a long time, Woku would have an amazing aroma when it is served warm and make you hungry immediately.

  • Tinutuan

Tinutuan or better known as Manado Porridge. A wet food made from rice, noodles, pumpkin and various vegetables such as corn kernels, spinach, kale, basil, yellow gourd, and gravy. Tinutuan has been the icon of Manado city. It is mostly preferred as a breakfast menu. So, it would be very easy to get this food every morning either it is on a street food stands or even a fancy restaurant. But if you want to taste the best and most original taste of Tinutuan, then you need to try one at Jalan Wakeke.
  • Extreme Culinnary

Manado city is popular for using strange meat on their dish. Such as: snake, pork, dog, bat, rat. You can found these extreme foods in Tomohon city, Kawangkoan village, and Langowan village.

Manado city also has two traditional drink, they are saguer and cap tikus made from palm tree. Just drinks enough as you can, because these both could make drunk.

Here is the recommended culinary list restaurant in Manado city:

  1. Boulevard area on Jalan Piere Tendean.
  2. Wahaha Seafood Restaurant at Kawasan Foodcity Mega Mas, Jalan Bulevard 2 Blok Food City No. 1.
  3. D’Terrace at Mega Mas Beach Area
  4. Raja Sate BBQ & Asian Resto on Jalan Boulevard No. 9
  5. RM Swadaya on Jalan Sam Ratulangi No. 374
  6. Wisata Bahari Resto on Jalan Wolter Monginsidi No. 1.
  7. City Extra Restaurant on Jalan Raya Tanawangko, Kalasey Village.
  8. Nasi Kuning Saroja in Jalan Diponegoro No. 9.
  9. Wakeke Area on Jalan Wakeke
  10. Raja Oci Restaurant on Jalan Sudirman No.85
  11. Green Garden Restaurant on Jalan Dr Sam Ratulangi 52

Wonderful places in Manado…

Editor: Ronny A. Buol

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