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By the Honorable Reporter Maulia Resta Mardaningtias of Indonesia

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Korea.net on November 21 announced its awards for its best Honorary Reporters (HRs) of the year, including two from Indonesia: Binar Candra (Best Honorary Reporter of the Indonesian-language section) and Monthi Rosselini (Special Honorary Reporter).

For this occasion, I interviewed both of them via email that day to share their thoughts and tips for the Indonesian HR community. Below are excerpts from the interview.

Binar Candra (left) from Indonesia on November 21 was named Korea.net’s Best Honorary Reporter for the Indonesian-language section and compatriot Monthi Rosselini Special Honorary Reporter.

Briefly introduce yourself.

Chandra: I am a Korean language teacher and translator and an honorary reporter for Korea.net. My hobbies are reading, writing and Korean culture. I first joined Honorary Reporter in 2020 and joined again this year. In addition to a forum for channeling hobbies, this program offers through articles the opportunity to share news, stories and experiences to readers worldwide.


Rossellini: In addition to being the honorary reporter, I work as a freelance photographer and teach arts and crafts. I grew interested in Korean culture after participating in a cultural program in Korea in 2020. I decided to join Honors Reporter last year on the recommendation of a friend.

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How did you contribute to the community this year?
Chandra
: Just like other members, I support the cultural exchange between Korea and Indonesia, share stories and network with other members. In September this year, I had the honor of sharing tips on article writing at the Korea.net workshop for HRs in the Indonesian language section.

Rossellini: I have contributed over the past two years by writing 48 articles about Korea, with 22 published in the English- and Indonesian-language sections of Korea.net. I was also grateful to be invited to speak at a global HR workshop last year and another for the Indonesian language section in September this year.

This is a collage of screenshots of Monthi Rosselini’s articles published on Korea.net’s English and Indonesian language sections.

How do you feel about receiving your awards?

Chandra: I would like to thank the Korea.net team for their recognition and my HR colleagues for their support. I have visited Korea before, but this trip (sponsored by Korea.net for top awardee per language section) will be more special because I will meet HRs from other countries. I also want to see how Korean tourism has survived and reopened after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Rossellini: I am honored to receive the HR Special Award and am happy about the launch this year of the Indonesian language section of Korea.net. This award was made possible by the support of global HRs and Indonesian friends, as well as the manager at Korea.net.

What tips do you have for other honors reporters?

Chandra: Honorable reporters at a Korea.net orientation in May this year received training on general and technical guidelines for writing articles. I also mentioned earlier training for the Indonesian-language section and that should be enough for tips for HRs. I also suggest practice and evaluation to build skills that will come in handy when colleagues are in HR roles.

Rossellini: I advise you to read good articles by other HRs, whether on the English or Indonesian language site to discover interesting topics and good writing, participate in HR workshops, and collaborate with other HRs to increase networking skills and knowledge about Korea from a wider perspective.

What do you hope for the Indonesian community of Honorary Reporters?
Chandra: I hope to participate more in online and offline activities organized by Korea.net, the Korean Cultural Center in Jakarta and other Korean public agencies to find more topics to write about. I also hope fellow HRs can support each other to create a positive and fun atmosphere.

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Rossellini: I hope that the Indonesian HR community produces more interesting and informative articles and for more collaboration and networking opportunities between HRs from Indonesia.

This is one of the official posters of the K-Wave Festival scheduled for December 10 at the Korea International Exhibition Center, or KINTEX.

Ten honorary reporters among this year’s award winners from each language section, including Candra, will visit Korea from December 10-17 courtesy of Korea.net. They will attend the K-Wave Festival: Gateway to Korea on December 10, hosted by the Korean Culture and Information Service at the Korea International Exhibition Center, aka KINTEX, in Ilsan, Gyeonggi-do Province.

Korea.net will livestream the event on YouTube, starting with the award ceremony for HRs on December 10 at 11 a.m. Korean Standard Time.

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* This article is written by a Korea.net honorary reporter. Our group of honorary reporters are from all over the world, and they share with Korea.net their love and passion for all things Korean.

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