As you may have noticed on the masthead today, The Jakarta Post is celebrating its 38th anniversary.
Under normal circumstances, the occasion would have called for the popping of a wine bottle, the slicing of a birthday cake and the blowing out of candles. Yet for the second time in a row, we must commemorate the occasion amid somber conditions.
This weekend was particularly gloomy. The sinking of the KRI Nanggala 402 submarine north of Bali killed all 53 sailors on board, and the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in many quarters has given more reason to forego partying this year.
As people approach their 40s, they are not always in the mood for celebration. If anything, it is the moment in life when they begin to ponder serious existential questions, many of which revolve around what to do next in life. The same may be true of a newspaper.
For a while now, the Post has been wrestling with questions about the future, especially amid global technological disruptions, as many of the old ways of doing things have been rendered obsolete and the new ways have not yet been firmly established.
So if you open our website today, not only will you see a cleaner design, you will also be able to access the revamped version of our e-paper. We have, in addition, provided a wider array of subscription options.
These are some of the changes we are making to improve the paper’s reading experience while making it financially sustainable. So we invite you to hit the subscribe button and support quality journalism.
In its almost four decades in print, the Post has seen and endured a lot. We witnessed and covered the downfall of a dictator, the birth of a new democracy and of a new nation and an economic crisis that forced millions into poverty – a catastrophe that also hit our bottom line. Most of the time, we have kept a stiff upper lip and carried on.
The current pandemic and its attendant economic implosion have hit everyone particularly hard. This, coupled with the disruptions technology giants have brought to the media, means the challenges ahead will be significant.
Lucky for us, we have you, our readers, who have supported us over many years. So rather than congratulating ourselves for making it this far, we would like to thank you for making the Post possible with your readership and loyalty.