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PPIA and VOA Announce Broadcasting Fellowship Program

The cooperative program will provide opportunities for promising young Indonesian journalists, and radio and TV broadcasters

Jakarta, Indonesia, April 26, 2007 - The Indonesian-American Friendship Society (PPIA) and the Voice of America (VOA) announced a PPIA-VOA Broadcasting Fellowship Program today. The cooperative program will provide opportunities for promising young Indonesian journalists, and radio and TV broadcasters to gain six months practical experience with the VOA Indonesian Service in Washington, DC.

In announcing the program, Tantowi Yahya, Chairman of the PPIA said, "PPIA is very pleased to be working with the Voice of America to bring this golden opportunity to young Indonesians who want to build their careers in Indonesia's broadcasting industry."

The PPIA-VOA Broadcasting Fellowship Program will provide transportation to the U.S., basic living expenses, health insurance, and other benefits. The program is open to recent university graduates in fields related to journalism and broadcasting and to those with no more than three years of experience in broadcasting or print media.

Norman Goodman, Chief of VOA's Indonesian Service observed that, "The PPIA-VOA Broadcasting Fellowship Program is a win-win situation. It will bring fresh, talented Indonesian journalists and broadcasters to contribute to VOA's Indonesian programming and then they in turn will play a part in Indonesia's broadcast industry."

Further information about applying for the fellowship program can be found by going to . The first participants will be selected in October 2007 and are expected to begin their experience with VOA in early 2008.

Established in 1959 as Lembaga Indonesia-Amerika (LIA), the Perhimpunan Persahabatan Indonesia-Amerika's (PPIA) mission is to foster closer friendship ties between Indonesians and Americans through mutual appreciation of one another's culture. PPIA is a nonreligious, nonpolitical, nonprofit organization.

The Voice of America and the VOA Indonesian Service are both celebrating 65 years of broadcasting this year. VOA is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 115 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages.

For further information on PPIA: 791.81149; 790.1460; Fax. : 791.81148; e.mail:

For further information on VOA: 3000-2272; Fax: 3000-2276;