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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

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Who was the first contracted the corona virus?

According to government data, a 55 years old from Hubei province could be the first person to contact Covid 19 on November 17, 2019.

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ZONAUTARA.COM – The coronavirus or Covid 19 has become a pandemic, as determined by WHO (World Health Organization) The disease had been affected people in more than 100 countries, including Indonesia.

Now, it is focused on handling and preventing the coronavirus. Until this article was written, there were 173,167 people infected worldwide, and 6,664 of them had died.

The originate of this virus is known from Wuhan in Hubei Province, China. Many people say, the coronavirus stems from people who eat bat meat. But who was the first person contracted the coronavirus?

South China Morning Post (SCMP) media tried to trace it by looking at documents owned Chinese Government. The search took them on an important date, November 17, 2019.

At the last days of 2019, Chinese authorities had identified at least 266 people were infected, these patients were under medical supervision at several points.

Interviews with whistle blowers from medical community showed that doctor in China just realized that they were facing a completely new disease at the end of December.

Scientists had mapped the pattern of early Covid 19 transmission in central China on January, two months before the outbreak became a global health crisis.

Finding out undetected and undocumented cases are so important to understand how the disease spreads and would be increased scientists’ understanding of the threat size of the coronavirus.

According to government data, a 55 years old from Hubei province could be the first person to contact Covid 19 on November 17, 2019.

From that date onwards, one to five new cases are reported every day. On December 15, total number of infected reached 27 people. The double digit increase in infected people was first reported on December 17 and on December 20. The total number of confirmed cases at that time has reached 60 people.

On December 27, Zhang Jixian, a doctor from Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine Hospital in Hubei Province, told that Chinese authorities that the disease was caused by a new coronavirus. On that date, more than 180 people had been infected, even though doctors may not have known all of them at the time.

On the last day of 2019, the number had increased to 266, and on the first day of 2020, the number had reached 381 cases.

Patient zeor

Scientists are wanting to identify who is called the “Patient Zero”. Because that patient can help them to track down the true source of coronavirus. Until this time coronavirus is thought that jump from wild animals to humans, which is very likely from bats.

From the first cases that include nine people had reported in November. They were four men and five women, but no one was confirmed as patient zero. These nine people are aged between 39 and 79 years, but unknown how many of them are from Wuhan, which is believed as the center of the coronavirus spread.

It is possible that the cases arrived earlier but untracked in documents studied by SCMP.

According to WHO website, the first Covid 19 case confirmed in China occurred on December 8, 2019, but the world health organization did not track in detail, just relied the information from its member countries.

Another report published in medical journal The Lancet, written by Chinese doctors from Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan, which treats some of the earliest patients, said the first known infection was December 1, 2019.

Dr Ai Fen, the first person who opens this information to the public, had told to People magazine in an interview that was later censored. The tests showed a patient at Wuhan Central Hospital was diagnosed on December 16 as an unknown person who infected the coronavirus.

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