This article explored Indonesian youth through two aspects. First, demography; youth comes from various socio-economic backgrounds and it makes them different in some ways one to another. Second, aspiration; youth has their own aspiration and they have been using their youthfulness to express it throughout the years. Those two aspects were then used to assess President Joko Widodo’s decision, whether it was the right one or what should actually be chosen/improved, in appointing some millennials to be in charge of important governmental positions in his second-term of presidency.
This article provided an insight or a further understanding to 8,213 readers—since it was first published until February 4, 2021—about Indonesian youth’s position in politics. We did that by explaining youth demographic, the history or pattern of their movement and how often times they are shut by the government eventually. We also explained what millennials in position should do during their time, to better represent Indonesian youth as a whole, for being chosen was just the first step.
Because this was a simple data analysis article, we only used Microsoft Excel to compile data from credible sources, such as Statistics Indonesia, IDN Research Institute and CSIS. Then, we used data visualization platform, for instance amCharts and Flourish, and infographics to display those data.
What was the hardest part of this project?
The hardest part of this project was we had to read many references, books and journals, in order to understand the history, movement and characteristic of Indonesian youth which changed over the years but showed a similar pattern as well. In addition to that, the available data wasn’t the most up to date, mainly about youth demographic. Hence, we couldn’t describe Indonesian youth nowadays precisely.
What can others learn from this project?
Other journalists can learn about the history and characteristic of youth in Indonesia from this article. Youth often initiates change and government reform, but government also has some ways to tackle them down. Furthermore, what happens in our government today shouldn’t just be seen as it is. Journalists should look at the previous government or regime to understand the political pattern and motive. Therefore, we can provide more depth analysis and different perspective to public.