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Confessions of a News Anchor

A 32-year-old news anchor, a lifelong student, and an adventurer; Naila Husna is the epitome of grace, beauty, and talent. She chatted with us and shared her ups and downs of being in the media industry.

How do you develop your confidence before going on camera? Any tips for those who have stage fright?

If you don’t have your knees buckling and feel like you’ll faint at any second; then you’re definitely not camera shy. But, if you are, don’t worry – a lot of us are on the same boat.

It’s very important to build self-confidence before you appear in front of the camera. For me, the important thing is to understand the topic and how my body language can help me explain the story. Once you have that, start being in front of the camera on a daily basis, maybe as a reporter. The first few times might be scary and challenging; but with time and practice, you’ll get through. The key is to have the right intention – once you have the will, everything else will flow.

You also mentioned there are a lot of challenges that you face throughout your journey. If you had pick one of your most memorable challenge, what it be?

There was a time when I was the only female in a team of 4 assigned to cover the issues at the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border in Merauke. At the 0 km point, we met the Papua New Guinea soldiers who were on the Indonesian border, and no one wanted to approach them. Despite being the only woman, I gathered up courage and striked a conversation with them. What’s memorable about that incident, was not so much about the fact that I got to interact with these soldiers; but more of overcoming my fear and doing my job as a reporter when everyone else were not as comfortable. This experience boosted my credibility and opened doors to many such experiences as a journalist.

In your line of work as a journalist/news anchor, you meet different people, and become their voice. According to you, what’s the most important characteristic that a journalist should have?

I believe that empathy plays a vital role in this profession. We are blessed with the opportunity to be their voice, to tell their story from their perspective and to walk a mile in their shoes. How we can be there for them and share their experience. Through empathy we can contribute more and help others. It doesn’t matter what profession we are in; empathy should be ingrained within each and every one of us.

Last question, this month we're celebrating Ibu Kartini. As we all know, she has empowered and opened doors for women. How has she inspired you as a woman?

Her constant fight for women emancipation, has truly inspired me as a woman. Today, all the women can have independence, voice their rights in the field of education, and have equality in the field of law. We know it was not easy in her day, and she prove this through establish a women's school, it was extraordinary. We have seen that there are many Indonesian women who have equality, especially in the field of development and also in government. We once had a female president, we have women ministers, and there are a lot of other male-dominated jobs that can now be done by a woman, such as a pilot, journalist, and a police officer. The message that I want to convey is that it doesn’t matter if you are career oriented or want to become a housewife; having basic education is crucial for us to pass on to the next generation. So, thank you to Ibu R.A Kartini for inspiring Indonesian women, including me, in fighting for the rights of equality in liberating our desires, and for having firm principles as a woman.

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