I thought that I should record this one because it is actually a first.
On 25 August Tikno wrote a post Equalize bachelor's degree with diploma's degree ??. This dealt with the treatment of Australian degrees by Indonesia. I responded in comments and then on 27 August with Indonesian Government downgrades certain Australian degrees to diploma status.
This post reflected my first reactions.
Since then, I have continued thinking and doing a little digging, helped by the standard of comments on Tikno's post. Now I have made the issue the centre of my next column in the Armidale Express. I mentioned Tikno and Ramana.
Why is this significant?
Armidale is a university city in Northern NSW (New England). It has a population of around 22,000. Education is its biggest industry. The Express is one of the two local newspapers.
A story that began in Samarinda City in Indonesia has made its way through the blogging world to a local newspaper in Australia's New England.
I said that it was a first. By this I meant simply that this was the first time I have explicitly based writing for the conventional media solely on a blogging conversation.
My Express columns are not on-line. I will post the column once published.