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Every week secondary students in Padang produce a newspaper supplement published by Padang Ekspres. Australian students have been invited to contribute by submitting pieces in English for publication in the supplement.
The Centre for Teaching Asian Languages and Cultures and the Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers' Association are working together to make this opportunity available to Victorian students.
Students from around Victoria will write original pieces in English and submit them to the Editorial Board. Pieces can be stories about their life, interviews with public figures, pieces of fiction including poetry and short stories, or other items of interest to young people here and in Indonesia. Photos may be submitted to accompany written pieces (permission will be required to publish). The Deputy Editors will edit pieces and the Editor will liaise with the editors in Indonesia to arrange publication. Each piece will include a byline with the contributor's name, school and year level.
The English language section will be published at least monthly, and may be as often as weekly if this is manageable for the editorial board.
At the commencement of the project there will be a meeting of the Editorial Board, and we hope this will include representatives from the Indonesian editorial team. The creation, editing and submission of pieces will be done electronically so that students from all over Victoria can participate.
The newspaper will be available electronically and in hard copy (schools may need to subscribe to receive hard copies - this is currently being negotiated).
If you know a Year 10 or 11 student with the enthusiasm and skills to be a Deputy Editor please contact one of the project representatives below. A sample letter to parents is available here that you might like to use - just insert the names - or you can write your own.
You may have a couple of students who are interested in writing for the newspaper, or you may have a whole class! Use the sample letter to parents (or write your own) and register your school by contacting Shannon at CTALC.
Keep your ears open for an announcement through VILTA that the first edition is available, and check the CTALC web site for updates: www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/asian-languages-cultures.
Download this information as a PDF here: Bilingual Student Newspaper Project.