Nivell Rayda

Nivell Rayda

Q & A

Hi, what’s your name?

Nivell Rayda

Where do you hail from?

Jakarta, Indonesia

Who do you work for?

The Jakarta Globe newspaper

Tell us a bit about you – how did you get to where you are today?

I’ve always been a fan of words so when a friend approached me looking to build a mailing list for amateur short story writers I joined and soon became addicted to storytelling. That was back in 2003. I consider that mailing list as my training ground. The following year I began sending stories to magazine and over time they commissioned me to write articles for them. I never thought I’d become a journalist. In a way journalism found me.

What are your career highlights?

In 2012 I was named “journalist of the year” by the Society of Publishers in Asia. I remember feeling so nervous I just froze on stage when asked to give a speech.

In 2013 I finally mustered enough courage to write a narrative non-fiction about the persecution of a religious minority group in Indonesia, which I finished in mid 2014.

Who or what inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?

The stories.

Which other storytellers do you admire?

Although I’m a journalist I like fiction writers better than non fiction writers. You can learn so much from the way they bring fictional characters to life using words. If fiction writers can breathe life into fictional characters, I think journalists and non-fiction writers too should be able to breathe life into real characters.

What do you plan to share at Storyology?

I will share about the challenges reporters face in Indonesia as well as how to apply creativity in non-fiction writing

Where can we find you?

Website/blog: nivellrayda.com

Twitter: @nivellism

LinkedIn: /NivellR