The Open Call for Writing for Inclusion, 2021 is now closed on 25 April 2021. We thank you for your interest.


British Council is pleased to open applications for Writing for Inclusion, an inclusive journalism training run in partnership with Disability Arts Online, The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), and KamiBijak

Writing for Inclusion is a twelve-hour online workshop programme targeted at two cohorts of Indonesian-based journalists:  

  • Active-established journalists, either disabled or non-disabled. 
  • Aspiring disabled journalists. 

It will include: 

1.   One webinar 'Empowering disabled people through how we talk and write' exploring:  

  • Representations of disabled people in the media; stereotypes and how to spot them.  
  • Thinking about barriers and access instead of medical conditions; the social model as a means of empowerment. 
  • The importance for disabled people of being properly represented. 
2.   There will then be three follow-up group sessions for each cohort:  
  • Session one
  • Group A will explore how to critique work by disabled artists. 
  • Group B will explore different styles of writing and types of content. 
  • Both groups will be given a writing assignment in their first session.  
  • Session two will explore the different approaches of developing a good coverage outline to stay focused on the issues.
  • Session three will be a chance to get feedback and discuss with peers within their cohort. 

Separate one-to-one mentoring sessions will be available, with mentors coming from diverse experiences. There will also be a facilitated networking opportunity which will be designed to enable the selected participants to share and learn from each other. 

The programme will also offer proposal-based reporting grants to support the production of stories exploring inclusivity and disability empowerment.

All sessions will be presented online. 

Having delivered our disability arts programme in Indonesia for the past 5 years, working across the spectrum of influence, including policy, institutions, and individuals, we have developed Writing for Inclusion as an opportunity to enrich the skills of both established and aspiring journalists to widen the scope of their journalistic practice, taking on fresh perspectives and learning how to write inclusively. 

Applicants to group A) should be practicing journalists, able to demonstrate at least two years’ of publishing experience. They should also have an interest in writing more inclusively. 

Applicants to group B) should be disabled people who have an active interest in becoming a journalist. They should be able to demonstrate a passion and commitment to writing, for example, having their own blog or having been published on an unpaid online platform.  


  • Applications close: Sunday, 25 April 2021 
  • Successful applicants will be informed by early May 2021 
  • Programme runs from 27 May - 17 June 2021 

Access Support

British Council will provide access support with any access requirements for the selected participants. 

ABOUT British Council Indonesia

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

We have been in Indonesia since 1948. Every year, we reach out to thousands of students, educators, policymakers, academics, researchers, creatives and entrepreneurs in Indonesia. 

ABOUT Disability Arts Online

Disability Arts Online (DAO) is an arts organisation and registered charity led by disabled people. We occupy a unique global position with our UK-based website, social media network, commissioning and artist development programmes, partnership work, and vibrant community of disabled creatives.

The DAO team is a friendly group of expert individuals who work together to take action for social justice, countering the ‘tragedy model’ that society is so deeply invested in. We exist to serve artists and arts audiences and, in doing so, to enable social change. Disability Arts Online has a rich, 18-year history of challenging dominant narratives, championing the development of disability arts and breaking down barriers to arts engagement from a disability-led position. We recognise disability is an intersectional experience. We loudly and proudly nurture an equitable community space for everyone.

As a digital destination, in 2019/20 Disability Arts Online welcomed over 100,000 visitors, garnering 262,000 page views.  

ABOUT The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI)

AJI is a journalist association with members spread out through its 40 branches all over Indonesia. AJI affiliated with several international organizations, such as the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), International Freedom of Expression Exchange Organization (IFEX), Southeast Asia Press Alliance (SEAPA), Forum Asia, and Global Investigative Network (GIJN). AJI has three core programs, which are press freedom, journalist welfare, and professionalism. Through the last core, AJI provides various activities to increase journalist capacity and news quality. AJI has long-standing experience in training programs for journalists in Indonesia. AJI established an online platform for the journalist to learn data journalism, including the series of workshops. AJI also has trained around 8000 journalists in Indonesia about fact-checking. And AJI is one of the journalist organizations that received certification from the Indonesian Press Council to conduct the standard competency test for journalists in Indonesia.

ABOUT KamiBijak

KamiBijak stands for Kami Berbahasa Isyarat Jakarta. KamiBijak provides easy access to Disability-friendly online information, especially for those with hearing impairments (Deaf) through visual media in the form of Sign Language videos and text. KamiBijak is the first media of Disability in Indonesia.

The presence of the website helps people with Disabilities gain the insights and knowledge provided in the video with the display of Sign Language through online platforms.