We Meet English UPI ALUMNI:

Yana Maliyana

Journalist at RTV, class of 2008

A video aficionado, a local from a small village in Serang, a co-founder of @infoserang. We met Yana Maliyana and talked about how the ‘08 batch member got into his career today, how technology has played role in his life, and the significance of self-confidence in life.

Today, you can find the former Yana Maunanya busy creating cutting-edge videos on his Instagram account. Here’s our a bit philosophical interview with him.

A Presidential Reporter

Published on April 29, 2018

English UPI Alumni (EUA): Can you explain where do you work right now?
Yana Maliyana: I work at a Jakarta-based national TV station Rajawali TV as reporter. To be more specific, I’m now assigned as “presidential reporter” which means that I mainly report news about governmental and political issues. I’m also responsible for reporting in-depth reporting on certain issues when needed.
How did you find your first job and your current job?
I got my first job in 2013 at NET Mediatama as a video journalist right after my graduation from UPI Bandung. After a long national selection process it was announced as a part of the first batch of NET. To be honest, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into since the guys at NET. took the liberation to put me in a certain position at the company. I just knew that I would work for someone and get paid for it. I worked there for more than two years and moved to Rajawali TV to gain a richer experience.
Is it your dream job?
My dream job? Well, I’ve never really set a high standard for a job when I was a kid. I just wanted to be someone who meets new people every day. And I think I’m now in that kind of job and environment where no two-day is alike, there’s always something new, and there’s always a new source of opinions.
Who’s your role model in the career you’re currently in? What do you like about him or her?
I don’t really have specific names right now. But I watched TV a lot when I was a kid, and am indeed inspired by those names that were used to be on the TV news program when I was in elementary school; like Isyana Bagus Oka and Najwa Shihab. I wanted to be confident in front of the camera just like them.
How does it feel to be on screen as journalist talking to national audience?
At first, I didn’t have confidence to be on screen or TV. I thought I wasn’t good enough to be on TV. But as time went by, I started to think that everyone has a chance to be on TV, and you just have to take that chance to study more, practice more, and be better on screen. The funny thing is that my parents are somehow proud of what I’m doing and they think that it’s something prestigious to them. For me, as long as whatever I do makes my parents happy and glad, I’m just fine.
Is there any particular skill or subject in college that contributes to your personal and/or professional growth?
I think there’s no specific subject that’s factually used in my current job. But there’s one certain skill that I find really instrumental, that is speaking skill. When I was in college, the speaking subject gave me the opportunity to hone my confidence to talk in front of various kinds of audiences. One more thing is critical thinking skill. When I exercise the skill, it helps me analyze news materials more in-depth so that quality reporting can always be delivered.
Some of Yana’s appearances on national television as video journalist can be watched online on YouTube.

You mentioned about confidence, and we agree that self-confidence is a huge issue in one’s achievement. How do you convince yourself that you can do whatever you’re doing right now?

When I was in high school, I didn’t have this confidence. I came from a very small village and my school was in the city. I didn’t have the money or other resources. I felt so small compared to those city kids. But then my confidence developed when I was in university and joining English Students’ Association (ESA). I learned that someone shouldn’t be judged by their wealth, or where they come from. I further learned at my first job in Jakarta that no matter what university you graduated or the city where you’re from, we’re all just the same. Your willingness to grow is what sets you apart from others and it makes you a better person.
One can’t get everything in life. He has to make decisions to pursue one and let go the other. What is the sacrifice you have to make that you think enables you to be in the position you have right now?
One hardest decision I’ve made was when I had to move to UPI Bandung after having a year college life at IAIN Banten in 2008. I graduated high school, my parents didn’t want me to continue my college outside Serang region, and I said yes to their wish at that time. I didn’t feel comfortable when studying English education at IAIN Banten, and eventually, I took the national test to go to English literature at UPI Bandung and started all from square one. I must say that all of those money, time, and energy that we had sacrificed after a very long process paid off. If I didn’t take that decision to move to Bandung, I wouldn’t get a wider, richer perspective about life, I might not be able to see things differently, or appreciate things more. I’m glad that I took that decision.
I regret that I didn’t prepare enough when I was in the university, and now I can’t turn back time. I just want my juniors do prepare themselves better than me.
It’s hard to deny the effect of technology and what it enables us to do these days. How do you use technology in your job and achieve your position right now?
To be honest, technology has been helping me so much in my career. I can’t imagine how they deliver news materials through cassettes back in the day. I use technology every day to do my research, professional communications, and of course online shopping. Being a journalist, it is important to do your research properly on issues you’re covering. By doing this consistently, technology has contributed so much to the position I’m at right now.
What’s your advice for students who’d like to pursue career in media industry?
Use your time in university wisely; join students’ organizations, do volunteer works, enhance your writing, speaking, analytical thinking skills, or anything. Make sure that you prepare yourself the best you can possibly do for life after school. To be honest with you, I regret that I didn’t prepare enough when I was in the university, and now I can’t turn back time. I just want my juniors do prepare themselves better than me.