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Jakarta Post

Lessons from the last national afternoon newspaper

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 18 2020   /  01:45 am
Rushing to readers: A newspaper vendor carries the daily news in Jakarta in October 2008. The nation’s last afternoon daily, Suara Pembaruan, has recently joined the surviving morning newspapers. (JP/P.J. Leo)(JP/P.J. Leo)

Rushing to readers: A newspaper vendor carries the daily news in Jakarta in October 2008. The nation’s last afternoon daily, Suara Pembaruan, has recently joined the surviving morning newspapers. (JP/P.J. Leo)I was quite shocked when a senior fellow journalist, Eko Budi Harsono, recently wrote a status on his Facebook account that read “Bye bye koran sore” (Bye afternoon newspaper). He posted the announcement that starting Jan. 13, Suara Pembaruan (SP) — the nation’s only afternoon newspaper — would come to its readers as a morning newspaper. Comments on the post recalled some sweet and bitter memories of working as a journalist for SP. Others expressed concerns about the continuing decline of newspapers in Indonesia. Evidently it is the end of the afternoon newspaper.The glory of afternoon newspapers, with their morning scoops before the internet era, ended when cash-strappe...