What It’s Like Being: A News Anchor

Part of the perks living in the modern world pre-internet is of course the TV. Daily, many update their thirst of what’s going on around the world through news broadcasts delivered by the anchors. Benny Dermawan, prior to being a journalist, did his works as a cameraman. Through all the steps, Benny matured himself in the news environment, from being a cameraman, video journalist, to the current associate producer, earning him a sufficient 12 years of experience in the field.

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So could you share us a little bit about yourself?

“I am working as an Associate Producer for Redaksi Sore program in TRANS7 which airs everyday on 4.15PM. I arrange the assigned team for daily news and checking the rundown for every show. We receive many news from many subjects and areas; just like trending topic of the day. We’ve compiled all of them in one program and then I also do the editing process. Apart from those, I’m also an anchor for  Redaksi Siang program.”

How did it all begin?

“It was in 2005. I was a cameraman in TV7 (now TRANS7), and I did a lot of news coverage around criminal and politic cases. A year later, I was assigned as a cameraman for Si Bolang, a children program. At that time, I spent half of a month discovering new places or villages to find new interesting spots for kids. Until 2010, I decided to pursue my studies. During the time, I got moved to be part of an editorial team. That was when I learned about writing scripts for a program, I also had to explore being a video journalist. I searched interesting topics for the news and reported them by myself. The Redaksi Siang team asked me to do a traveling section for the program, this was in 2011. It came with privileges of course, being able to visit new places in both Indonesia as well as in overseas. Though in 2014, the editorial team revised the program and the traveling section was no more. And I have, since then, been working as part of the editorial team. I spend a lot of time in the office rather being outside the office.”

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Being in the industry for quite some time, mind sharing us your most memorable experiences?

“When I was in Si Bolang team, I got to experience being stuck in the middle of river, just because the water receded. And we had to wait around 6 hours until we continued our journey. Then we decided to push our boat and finally got out at 6PM. We also stranded in a storm in Kalimantan, near the Karimata sea. It’s thrilling as well as memorable. One time, our team got fined when we were in Morocco, it only strengthened the team spirit. Morocco is one of the best places I’ve ever visited from seeing the Sahara desert firsthand to riding a camel. But one of the most memorable moments is when I visited Jerusalem, it rendered my speechless.”

Was broadcasting your major back when you were in university?

“I actually majored in Electrical Engineering, never took broadcasting class whatsoever. Never thought to apply in broadcasting because I was shy. I couldn’t even hold a camera properly during my first day, but I managed to learn from my seniors. I was taught how to take pictures correctly. It was hard but I managed. It trigerred me to be a better person. I just love spending my days at the office library to watch videos of senior journalists.”

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Apart from the broadcasting area, what peek your interest?

“I’ve always had a big interest in culinary because my father loves cooking. That’s why my experience in traveling helped me a lot to discover and fullfil my curiousity about dishes from many regions.”

If you could describe, what’s the best thing about your job?

“Learning how to better communicate myself to others. To show the audience about the world in the simplest way: through a television program. And the most important is I can share my experiences or news when I am in the field.”

“Like in Redaksi Akhir Pekan, we have one mission to explore and share one community’s habit; from their routine, customs and manners, to their foods – basically the history of their origins. And it’s very exciting to learn new things everyday.”

Writer: Adhinda Latifa
Photographer: Mario Bully and Iqbal Syafei
MUA: Nadia Renata
Digital Imaging: Shandy Aulia
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