Jawa Pos (The Java Post) is an Indonesian national daily newspaper based in Surabaya, East Java. Jawa Pos was launched by Suseno Tedjo or The Chung Shen on July 1, 1949. The parent company, "Jawa Pos Group", is owned by Indonesian media tycoon Dahlan Iskan.
The newspaper's motto is Selalu ada yang baru ("There is always something new").
It is one of Indonesia's oldest newspapers.
In 1982, when its circulation had declined to under 10,000 copies, the newspaper almost went bankrupt and its ownership changed to PT Grafiti Pers, the publisher of Tempo. After the acquisition, the circulation of Jawa Pos increased and by the 1990s, circulation reached 350,000 copies. During that time, Jawa Pos was one of the largest-selling newspapers in Indonesia.
Jawa Pos set many records in the Indonesian newspaper industry, such as being the first to use computerized systems in 1984, the first to be published in full color in 1986, the first newspaper to use remote printing technology in 1988, the first newspaper to be published almost everyday annually in 1992, and the first to invest in online technology in 1994. Jawa Pos was the first newspaper in Indonesia to apply the international width standard in 1998, to have a daily section for youth (2000), and to use computer to plate technology (2006).
With 400,000 copies sold, Jawa Pos is one of Indonesia's leading daily newspapers, second only to Kompas in terms of circulation. It is the most popular newspaper in Surabaya.
Early years (1949-1982)
Jawa Pos was founded by The Chung Shen, or Suseno Tedjo, on July 1, 1949 under the name Djava-Post. At the time, The Chung Shen was a movie ads employee in a cinema in Surabaya. Because every day he had to advertise the movies in newspapers, he was interested in creating his own newspaper. After the success of the Djava-Post, The Chung Shen then created two other newspapers, the Chinese-language Hwa Chiao Sien Wen and Dutch-language de Vrije Pers.
30 years later, The Chung Shen's newspaper business was not worked as well. In the late 1970s, the Jawa Pos turnover was decline sharply. In 1982, the circulation was just 6,800. His two other paper had already been folded. When he was 80 years old, The Chung Shen decided to sell Jawa Pos. He was no longer able to take care of the company, and his three children lived in London.
Takeover and rising (1982-present)
In 1982, Eric F.H. Samola, who at the time was a director of PT Grafiti Pers (the publisher of Tempo) took over Jawa Pos. With the new management, Eric appointed Dahlan Iskan, who had been head of bureau of Tempo in Surabaya, to lead the paper. After the acquisition, the circulation of Jawa Pos increased and by the 1990s, circulation reached 350,000 copies. During that time, Jawa Pos was one of the largest-selling newspapers in Indonesia.
In 1987, Jawa Pos formed the Jawa Pos News Network (JPNN), one of the largest newspaper chains in Indonesia, which has more than 80 newspapers, tabloids, and magazines, as well as 40 printing network throughout the country. In 1997, Jawa Pos moved to a new 21-storey building, Graha Pena, which become one of the skyscrapers in Surabaya. In 2002, the Graha Pena building in Jakarta was built, and now there is a Graha Pena building in almost all regions in Indonesia.