BBC College of Journalism website is now freely available

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Industry News & Updates, Journalism & Publishing | 0 comments


Since the 1st of July, the BBC College of Journalism website has become freely available worldwide for “at least 12 months”.

This website is useful not just for journalists or media students.

It’s a great learning tool for anyone who is into producing content or video production. Here’s an example on how we can verify information on social media:

It’s also a great knowledgebase for learning across disciplines and subjects. For example, there are subject guides on Israel and the Palestinians, Religion, and European Union.

With the BBC being one of the leading organisations in the world of journalism and broadcasting, you will be learning from one of the best!

Let’s hope that this great resource can remain free indefinitely.

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Early Textbook Digital Project Launched

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Electronic Resources, Library News & Updates | 0 comments


If you have heard or visited our early textbook special collection at Wang Gungwu Library, you might be very impressed by these precious resources. Now we present this online bibliography for your easy access to this collection at any time anywhere as you like!

It records a total of more than 1200 titles of textbooks and related study and teaching materials that were used in Mainland China and Chinese schools in Southeast Asian countries during the twentieth century.

You can search by title, author, or subject. Alternatively, you can browse the whole collection by author, year, content level, subject heading, keyword, and place of publication.

You can access this bibliography via : NTU library homepage-Teaching and learning-Digital projects. Or using this link:

If you have any feedback, please contact us at or

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News You Can Use – July 2014 – Issue 3

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Broadcast & Cinema Studies, Communication Policy & Research, Industry News & Updates, Information Studies, Journalism & Publishing, Public & Promotional Communication | 0 comments

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 3 covers 11-16 July 2014). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Gambling ad gets a new spin ; Much-ridiculed anti-gambling campaign receives update following Germany’s World Cup win
TODAY (Singapore), 15 July 2014, 714 words, Joy Fang Joy Fang, (English)
SINGAPORE — As Germany edged towards a 1-0 victory against Argentina in the World Cup final yesterday, memes and jokes flooded social media, making fun of the National Council on Problem Gambling’s (NCPG) much-ridiculed advertisement …

‘Censorship is at odds with a library’s purpose’
The New Paper, 14 July 2014, 853 words, LINETTE HENG, (English)
Authors of children’s books ‘sad’, ‘deeply troubled’ by NLB ban
Two authors of several children’s books that have been pulled from the National Library Board’s (NLB) shelves here have come out to defend their works against …

Amazon a boon or bane for books?
Straits Times, 14 July 2014, 1473 words, (English)
Internet retailer’s dominance benefits its writers but others worry about monopoly situation
New York – Vincent Zandri hails from the future. He is a novelist from the day after tomorrow, when Amazon has remade the worlds of writing, …

The Life! Interview With Arnold Gay; A seriously funny guy
Straits Times, 14 July 2014, 2197 words, John Lui, (English)
Behind his serious facade, ex-newscaster Arnold Gay has another side – he joined Kiss92 FM for fun
There are few jobs in broadcasting that Arnold Gay has not tried at least once.

400 attend reading event in response to removal of titles
Straits Times, 14 July 2014, 664 words, Pearl Lee, (English)
Parents and kids attend session organised by two mums at library
ABOUT 400 people turned up yesterday for a reading event held in response to the National Library Board’s (NLB) decision to remove some children’s titles for their homosexual …

NEWS ANALYSIS; HK fears erosion of press freedom
Straits Times, 13 July 2014, 1163 words, Li Xueying, Hong Kong correspondent, (English)
City’s freewheeling media under scrutiny amid allegations of interference by Beijing
At the lobby of the industrial building where Apple Daily, daily purveyor of political exposes and celebrity gossip, operates, there stands a bust of an …

Writers boycott
The New Paper, 12 July 2014, 701 words, LINETTE HENG, (English)
NLB’s Read! Fest event cancelled after writers withdraw following books ban
The local literary community was vocal in its uproar over the National Library Board’s (NLB) decision to withdraw three children’s books.

Governance in a wired world
Business Times Singapore, 12 July 2014, 1075 words, (English)
Policy planners must do three things so that they’re able to manage in hyper-connected, online-generated crisis situations. By Basskaran Nair

New video rejects MDA’s self-regulation scheme ; Featuring appearances by arts practitioners, it discusses the potential effects on audiences
TODAY (Singapore), 12 July 2014, 462 words, Hon Jing Yi Hon Jing Yi, (English)
SINGAPORE — Arts Engage, a network of arts practitioners in Singapore, has released a video denouncing the Media Development Authority’s (MDA) proposed Arts Term Licensing Scheme, which aims to let practitioners classify their own …

Spackman Entertainment Group launches IPO
Channel NewsAsia, 20:10, 11 July 2014, 120 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: Singapore investors will soon have easier access to the Korean film and entertainment industries.
Korean film production company Spackman Entertainment Group has launched its initial public offering (IPO) for a listing on the …

MPs call for a more transparent book review process
TODAY (Singapore), 11 July 2014, 977 words, ALFRED CHUA Alfred Chua, (English)
SINGAPORE — Despite the strong public reaction to its recent moves to withdraw three children’s book titles — after receiving complaints that they did not promote family values — the National Library Board (NLB) has reiterated that the …

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Short of the Week – Film Future

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Audio-Visual Materials, Broadcast & Cinema Studies, Happenings, Industry News & Updates, Useful Tools | 0 comments

Short of the week

Here is a blog site to explore. Known as ‘Short of the Week’, this site is an interesting place to find and view short films from all different parts of the world, read articles written by film-makers and film-lovers, as well as keep updated with film festival news. They even have interviews with film festival participants and directors.

It is sometimes hard to find such content, as many mainstream film magazines tend to concentrate on the more well-known and popular directors and producers. Blog sites like ‘Short of the week’ tend to concentrate on the smaller productions which younger or new film makers may be able to connect with better.

I enjoyed the articled entitled ‘Fade to Black – Is the Feature Film Dying?’. I also enjoyed watching some of the short films, there are several genres to choose from and all are beautifully produced.

But as we like to cater for both the fun seeker and academic learner, here’s a book you may enjoy which also raises the question, ‘Do the movies have a future?’

You can use sites like this in your research or literature review, of course, added with other academic and scholarly sources for a more comprehensive research. Remember, your librarians would love to help you with your literature reviews so come look for us if you need help.


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Celebrity Aid

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Happenings, Industry News & Updates, Public & Promotional Communication | 0 comments

Official Logo for Soccer Aid

Official Logo for Soccer Aid

In a couple of days the football world will come to a standstill as millions of football fans watch the final match of the 2014 World Cup.

So while football fever is still contagious, I am riding this wave to tell you about Soccer Aid. Soccer Aid is a celebrity endorsed soccer match in aid of UNICEF. This event takes place once every two years and it is held in Britain, (click here to view 2014’s line-up).

Not surprisingly, it draws a crowd of 70,000 people at the stadium and broadcast viewership is in the millions. Even I am curious to watch this game, even though I am not the biggest soccer fan.

Celebrity endorsed campaigns have been around for a long time. But have you ever asked how effective are they? Sure Soccer Aid seems to be a good example of celebrity endorsement gone right, but many still do question its effectiveness. Here is an article from Forbes which advises to ‘Save your money: Celebrity Endorsements Not Worth the Cost’. Then there are times when endorsements can go wrong, take a look at this interesting blog post about ’5 Ridiculous Celebrity Endorsements That Went Wong’ (I still find it strange when boy bands sell women’s perfume)

Academics too want to find out if celebrity endorsement work?  ‘Why Celebrities Sell’, is an interesting paper on this very topic and if you want to look other academic papers,it is just this click away.

If you are still not sure if celebrity endorsement are a good idea (still need to do research on this, you can always ask your librarian for assistance, we are just as curious as you), at the very least it makes a good party game. Hold up products endorsed by celebrities and see who can name the celebrity who endorsed these product.


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News You Can Use – July 2014 – Issue 2

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Broadcast & Cinema Studies, Communication Policy & Research, Industry News & Updates, Information Studies, Journalism & Publishing, Public & Promotional Communication | 0 comments

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 2 covers 03-10 July 2014). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

NLB yanked out 3 other children’s books
Straits Times, 10 July 2014, 625 words, Pearl Lee, (English)
Two petitions started for reinstating three banned books reported earlier
THE three books that were pulled by the National Library Board (NLB) from its shelves for not being “pro-family” were not the only ones that were removed.

No Rainbow at A-mei’s gig due to ‘pro-LGBT message’
Straits Times, 10 July 2014, 338 words, (English)
TAIWANESE diva A-mei could not sing her song Rainbow at her recent concert here as she had encouraged fans to openly show affection for their same-sex partners during a rendition of it last year.

Talent spotting in the 21st century
TODAY (Singapore), 10 July 2014, 983 words, Claudio Fernandez Araoz, (English)
As business becomes more volatile and complex, and the global market for top professionals gets tighter, organisations and their leaders must adapt to a new era of talent spotting — one in which our evaluations of one another are based not …

Hands on for first TV role
Straits Times, 9 July 2014, 748 words, Eddino Abdul Hadi Music Correspondent, (English)
Narelle Kheng branches out from swimming and music to star in new Channel 5 show
She has made waves in the local indie music scene with folk-pop band The Sam Willows and also in the pool as a former national youth swimmer. Singer Narelle …

PARLIAMENT; Anti-piracy law set to kick in soon
Straits Times, 8 July 2014, 511 words, Irene Tham, Technology Correspondent, (English)
Content owners can then seek court orders for ISPs to block piracy sites
A PROPOSED copyright law aimed at piracy websites like The Pirate Bay is expected to come into force by the end of next month.

Man apologises to StarHub for ‘content theft’
Straits Times, 7 July 2014, 332 words, Aw Cheng Wei, (English)
A MAN has issued a public apology to StarHub today for “having facilitated illegal access” to its cable channels using “unauthorised decoders”.

M1 digital TV kit for the poor from Sept
Straits Times, 5 July 2014, 395 words, Irene Tham Technology Correspondent, (English)
TELCO M1 will be rolling out digital set-top boxes from September to low-income homes under an official assistance scheme.
This is to ensure that these homes will keep getting free-to-air TV channels when the nation switches to digital …

Google buys streaming service
Straits Times, 3 July 2014, 453 words, (English)
San Francisco – In a sign of growing consolidation in the digital music business, Google on Tuesday said it has bought Songza, a three-year-old free online streaming music service that competes with Pandora and others in making customised …

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News You Can Use – July 2014 – Issue 1

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Broadcast & Cinema Studies, Communication Policy & Research, Industry News & Updates, Information Studies, Journalism & Publishing, Public & Promotional Communication | 0 comments

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 1 covers 25 June to 02 July 2014). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

On top for 18 years ; Class 95FM remains the No 1 English station for 18 years
TODAY (Singapore), 2 July 2014, 350 words, (English)
SINGAPORE — MediaCorp’s Class 95FM has maintained its No 1 ranking amongst all English stations. It has fought off competition from SPH Radio’s Kiss92 when measured by cumulative listenership or cume this year in the latest Nielsen Radio …

Why no ‘Rainbow’ at Spring Wave event
TODAY (Singapore), 1 July 2014, 230 words, Chetra Sinnathamby, Director, Content and Standards (Films, Video Games & Arts), Media Development Authority, (English)
We refer to the recent feedback on the Media Development Authority’s (MDA) advice to the organiser of the Spring Wave Singapore concert, on the song “Rainbow”.

Beijing ‘pushing ahead with Internet sovereignty’
Straits Times, 30 June 2014, 1113 words, Rachel Chang In Beijing, (English)
Observers suspect latest blocking of Google services may be permanent
FIRST, Google Talk would not load. Then, she could not enter her Google Mail inbox.

Seeing red over the colour pink
Straits Times, 28 June 2014, 2064 words, Tham Yuen-c And Rachel Au-yong, (English)
In the past, race and religion were hot issues that posed a threat to social cohesion. Now, clashes over values, culture and ideology rear their head, particularly in tensions over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights that …

New ways of storytelling in The Straits Times Star app
Straits Times, 27 June 2014, 586 words, Grace Sung, (English)
The Life magazine is the first offering in new mobile app, which showcases stories in multimedia format
THE Straits Times has launched a new mobile app that will deliver the newspaper’s brand of journalism in an exciting interactive and …

New data reveals reader interaction
The PANPA Bulletin, 25 June 2014, 351 words, The Newspaper Works, (English)
The release this week of data from Enhanced Media Metrics Australia’s (emma) engagement survey has shown how various audiences interact with publications.

US media critic opens up for ADMA conference
The PANPA Bulletin, 25 June 2014, 833 words, Eliza Goetze, (English)
US media critic opens up for ADMA conference
US media critic Bob Garfield has spent his life observing journalism and advertising and believes marketing will be governed by a different form of relationship with audiences.

Journalists show solidarity with jailed colleagues in Egypt
TODAY (Singapore), 25 June 2014, 361 words, (English)
CAIRO — News organisations yesterday held a worldwide show of support for three Al Jazeera journalists jailed for seven years by Egypt on Monday, as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi said he would not interfere with judicial verdicts.


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Brand and Culture – Rapper and Rocks Stars in the Board Room

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Happenings, Industry News & Updates, Public & Promotional Communication, Search Tips, Useful Tools | 0 comments

Surfing the web recently, two stories caught my attention.

The first was about Beats Electronics and Beats Music was being acquired by Apple for 3 billion dollars. (read full article here). These companies are owned by music heavyweights Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine.

The second story was about U2’s Bono and Edge joining Fender’s board of directors (click to read full article).

With these new partnerships, these companies are trying to get closer to where the music is being made. Rap and rock are cultures in themselves and, let’s face it, it’s not just about purchasing a product anymore, it’s about being a part of the culture.

Brands have long known if they wanted to stand out they need to connect with their customers on a whole other level, build a culture around their brand. How they do this requires creativity, foresight and a little bit of risk. Think about brands like Harley Davidson, Apple, Bang and Olfsen, Nike and so many more.

Have a look at this article in The Gaurdian entitled, ‘Does Culture define the Brand?’ which is from their Media Partner Zone. The Gaurdian’s Media Partner Zone is a good place to keep up to date with what is happening in the media industry. Maybe even get your creative juices flowing for you next assignment.

And if you are feeling a little more intellectual, the library has many books on Brand Culture. So pick a few up, if you are game.

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Latest Print Titles – Journalism & Publishing

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Journalism & Publishing, New Arrivals | 0 comments

1 From theory to practice : how to assess and apply impartiality in news and current affairs
Barkho, Leon.
Intellect, 2013.
Call No: PN4784.O24F931
2 Political journalism in transition : Western Europe in a comparative perspective
Kuhn, Raymond.
I.B. Tauris, 2014.
Call No: PN5110.P769
3 Chinese investigative journalists’ dreams : autonomy, agency, and voice
Lexington Books, c2014.
Call No: PN5367.I58C539
4 The Hoot reader : media practice in twenty-first century India
Chattarji, Subarno.
Oxford University Press, 2013.
Call No: P92.I4H789
5 Understanding the media
Devereux, Eoin.
Sage, 2014.
Call No: P90.D491u 2014
6 Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan : iprobes and hipstamatic iPhone photographs
Leistner, Rita, 1964-
Intellect, 2013.
Call No: DS371.412.L532
7 Digital currents : how technology and the public are shaping TV news
Bivens, Rena, 1980-
University of Toronto Press, 2014.
Call No: PN4784.T34B624
8 Picture Post photographer
Chillingworth, John.
Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2013.
Call No: TR653.C538
9 The Home Front
Friend, Melanie, 1957-
Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2013.
Call No: TR647.F911
10 Alain Bizos : Regard fulgurant
Caujolle, Christian.
Aman iman Editions, 2013.
Call No: TR650.C371
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Latest Print Titles – Broadcast & Cinema Studies

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Broadcast & Cinema Studies, New Arrivals | 0 comments

1 Amateur filmmaking : the home movie, the archive, the web
Monahan, Barry
Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.
Call No: PN1995.8.A487
2 Movies and American society
Ross, Steven Joseph
John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2014.
Call No: PN1993.5.U6M935ma
3 B is for bad cinema : aesthetics, politics, and cultural value
Perkins, Claire (Claire Elizabeth)
State University of New York Press, 2014.
Call No: PN1995.B111
4 Television audiences across the world : deconstructing the ratings machine
Bourdon, Jérôme
Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Call No: HE8700.65.T269
5 Sinophone cinemas
Yue, Audrey
Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Call No: PN1993.5.C4S617
6 Broadcasting diversity : migrant representation in Irish radio
Moylan, Katie.
Intellect, 2013.
Call No: HE8699.I73M938
7 Digital film-making
Figgis, Mike
Faber & Faber, 2014.
Call No: TR899.F471 2014
8 Invisible stars : a social history of women in American broadcasting
Halper, Donna L.
M.E. Sharpe, 2014.
Call No: PN1990.9.W64H195
9 Spectacle and the City : Chinese Urbanities in Art and Popular Culture
Kloet, Jeroen de.
Amsterdam University Press, c2013.
Call No: HT147.C6S741
10 Film manifestos and global cinema cultures : a critical anthology
MacKenzie, Scott, 1967-
University of California Press, c2014.
Call No: PN1995.F487fa
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Latest Print Titles – Public & Promotional Communication

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in New Arrivals, Public & Promotional Communication | 0 comments

1 Cases in public relations management
Swann, Patricia
Routledge, 2014.
Call No: HD59.S972
2 Radio in context
Starkey, Guy
Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Call No: PN1991.75.S795 2014
3 Exploring public relations
Tench, Ralph
Pearson, 2014.
Call No: HM1221.E96 2014
4 Advertising and public relations research
Jugenheimer, Donald W.
M.E. Sharpe, 2014.
Call No: HF5814.A244 2014
5 Austerity : the great failure
Schui, Florian, 1973-
Yale University Press, 2014.
Call No: HC79.C6S385
6 Advertising transformed : the new rules for the digital age
Van Dyck, Fons.
Kogan Page Limited, 2014.
Call No: HF5823.V217
7 Indigenous conflict management strategies : global perspectives
Adebayo, A. G. (Akanmu Gafari), 1956-
Lexington Books, 2014.
Call No: HM1121.I39
8 Repairing the athlete’s image : studies in sports image restoration
Blaney, Joseph R.
Lexington Books, c2013.
Call No: GV714.R425
9 Consumer behavior
Kardes, Frank R.
South-Western, 2015.
Call No: HF5415.3.K18c 2015
10 Excommunication : three inquiries in media and mediation
Galloway, Alexander R., 1974-
The University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Call No: HM1166.E96
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Latest Print Titles – Information Studies

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Information Studies, New Arrivals | 0 comments

1 Bibliographic information organization in the semantic web
Willer, Mirna.
Chandos Publishing, 2013.
Call No: Z699.35.M28W712
2 Library scholarly communication programs : legal and ethical considerations
Gilman, Isaac.
Chandos Publishing, 2013.
Call No: ZA4081.86.G487
3 Demystifying the Institutional Repository for Success
Buehler, Marianne A.
Chandos Publishing, 2013.
Call No: ZA4081.86.B928
4 The content machine : towards a theory of publishing from the printing press to the digital network
Bhaskar, Michael.
Anthem Press, 2013.
Call No: Z278.B575
5 A publisher’s paradise : expatriate literary culture in Paris, 1890/1960
Colligan, Colette, 1974-
University of Massachusetts Press, 2014.
Call No: Z310.6.P37C699
6 Game based organization design : new tools for complex organizational systems
Bree, Jeroen van.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Call No: HD58.9.B832
7 New content in digital repositories : the changing research landscape
Simons, Natasha.
Chandos Publishing, 2013.
Call No: ZA4081.86.S611
8 Cataloging collaborations and partnerships
Mugridge, Rebecca, 1963-
Routledge, 2014.
Call No: Z693.3.C66C357
9 The piracy crusade : how the music industry’s war on sharing destroys markets and erodes civil liberties
Sinnreich, Aram.
University of Massachusetts Press, 2013.
Call No: K1450.S617
10 Practical knowledge management
Kan, Siew Ning, 1961-
Siew Ning Kan, 2013.
Call No: HD30.2.K16
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Latest Print Titles – Communication Policy & Research

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Communication Policy & Research, New Arrivals | 0 comments

1 The coordinated management of meaning : a festschrift in honor of W. Barnett Pearce
Littlejohn, Stephen W.
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014.
Call No: P90.C778
2 Communication and community
Moy, Patricia.
Hampton Press, 2013.
Call No: P91.C734cc
3 Critical theory and the digital
Berry, David M. (David Michael)
Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.
Call No: HM851.B534
4 Digital innovations for mass communications : engaging the user
Lester, Paul Martin.
Routledge, 2014.
Call No: P96.T42L642
5 Communicating the North : media structures and images in the making of the Nordic Region
Harvard, Jonas.
Ashgate, 2013.
Call No: P96.S32C734
6 Disability, obesity and ageing : popular media identifications
Rodan, Debbie.
Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2014.
Call No: P96.I34R685
7 Communication : a critical/cultural introduction
Warren, John T., 1974-2011
SAGE, 2015.
Call No: P91.3.W289 2015
8 Thinking media aesthetics : media studies, film studies and the arts
Hausken, Liv, 1965-
PL Academic Research, 2013.
Call No: P93.4.T443
9 The 21st century media (r)evolution : emergent communication practices
Macnamara, Jim.
Peter Lang, 2014.
Call No: P90.M169 2014
10 The democratic surround : multimedia and American liberalism from World War II to the psychedelic sixties
Turner, Fred.
The University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Call No: P95.82.U6T946
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News You Can Use – June 2014 – Issue 4

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Broadcast & Cinema Studies, Communication Policy & Research, Industry News & Updates, Information Studies, Journalism & Publishing, Public & Promotional Communication | 0 comments

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 4 covers 19-24 June 2014). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Culture Vulture; Easier than ever to publish a book
Straits Times, 24 June 2014, 1116 words, Akshita Nanda, (English)
Crowd-funding and self-publishing are increasingly popular
It has become easier than ever to publish your own book in Singapore. What, then, is the value of sending in a manuscript to an established imprint, hoping it will make it out of the …

Google’s antitrust settlement in EU expected to drag on
Business Times Singapore, 09:28, 24 June 2014, 263 words, (English)
Paranoid about Android: Also under the spotlight is Google’s promotion of Android, allegedly using practices that may prevent the development of alternative operating systems. – PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

CNN launches research for drones in journalism [LINK]
Yahoo! Singapore, 07:10, 24 June 2014, 296 words, (English)
CNN said Monday it was launching a research project with the Georgia Institute of Technology on how drones could be used for newsgathering by media organizations.

Outrage as Egypt jails Jazeera journalists
Channel NewsAsia, 19:20, 23 June 2014, 749 words, (English)
CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists including Australia’s Peter Greste to jail terms from seven to 10 years in a verdict denounced as “unjust” and “appalling”.

Effie Effectiveness Index 2014: Unilever, McDonald’s, Omnicom lead in APAC [LINK]
Digital Market Asia, 03:00, 23 June 2014, 617 words, (English)
The Effie Effectiveness Index has grown in importance since its inception in 2011 as it becomes a key source for marketers and agencies to acknowledge work that has resonated with consumers, and implies ideas that have delivered results in …

S’poreans urged to make a stand against hateful posts
Straits Times, 21 June 2014, 634 words, Hoe Pei Shan, (English)
Minister lauds Google’s removal of ‘vile’ blog targeting Filipinos here
HATEFUL posts do not reflect who Singaporeans are as a people and should not be accepted, Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said yesterday.

40 powerful ads on social issues [LINK]
AsiaOne, 02:24, 21 June 2014, 110 words, (English)
An advertising campaign on a social issue can only be successful if it is able to send its message home effectively.
It should be loud and clear, accompanied by dramatic visuals, and help change the minds of its intended audience.

Google removes blog with hate speech against Filipinos in S’pore
TODAY (Singapore), 20 June 2014, 591 words, (English)
SINGAPORE — The blog that hosted a hate-filled post targeting the Filipino population here has been taken down by Google as it violated its content policy.

Singapore needs IP awareness in 3D printing: William Hooi [LINK]
E27, 20 June 2014, 507 words, Shiwen Yap, (English)
The Founder of Singapore Makers throws light on how IP affects designers, engineers, entrepreneurs in 3D printing Image Courtesy: belekekin / Shutterstock In the wake of Makerbot being acquired by 3D printing giant Stratasys, the stage for …

Beijing to crack down on journalists who write ‘critical’ reports
TODAY (Singapore), 19 June 2014, 311 words, (English)
BEIJING — Reporters in China are forbidden from publishing critical reports without the approval of their employer, one of China’s top media regulators said yesterday.


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News You Can Use – June 2014 – Issue 3

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Broadcast & Cinema Studies, Communication Policy & Research, Industry News & Updates, Information Studies, Journalism & Publishing, Public & Promotional Communication | 0 comments

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 3 covers 11-18 June 2014). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

New-gen weepies
Straits Times, 18 June 2014, 1503 words, John Lui Film Correspondent, (English)
New tearjerkers such as The Fault In Our Stars have younger lovers and deal with sex and death in matter-of-fact ways
In the movies, love and dying go together like airplanes and flying. While it is no surprise that a romantic weepie based …

PM: Be simple, direct in govt communications
Straits Times, 18 June 2014, 385 words, Amelia Tan, (English)
Civil servants, politicians asked to use language people can understand
CIVIL servants and politicians should be simple and direct when communicating with the public, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday.

Firms struggle to reinvent marketing as DNC kicks in ; Businesses spending more on other marketing tools, such as those using social media
TODAY (Singapore), 18 June 2014, 887 words, Tan Weizhen Tan Weizhen, (English)
SINGAPORE — While consumers have been celebrating the end of spam SMSes and pesky phone calls since the Do Not Call (DNC) Registry kicked in five months ago, some businesses are struggling to reinvent the way they market their products or …

Philippines asks Singapore to take action over racist blog post
Channel NewsAsia, 20:32, 17 June 2014, 265 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: The Philippine embassy in Singapore has asked the Singapore Government to hold a blogger accountable for a blog post that encourages Singaporeans to show intolerance for Filipinos. The post on the blog “Blood Stained Singapore” …

MDA names board to put together first media festival
Business Times Singapore, 17 June 2014, 282 words, (English)
NINE global media professionals have been roped in to put together the inaugural Singapore Media Festival (SMF), which is set to be one of the region’s premiere film and TV events.

Big boost for super Wi-Fi rollouts
Straits Times, 17 June 2014, 444 words, Irene Tham Technology Correspondent, (English)
Licences not needed; 180MHz of unused TV spectrum will be made available
SURFING from Sentosa and Googling from Gardens by the Bay may soon get easier thanks to trials of “super Wi-Fi”, a technology which received a timely new boost last …

Messaging apps: What they mean for brands
Business Times Singapore, 17 June 2014, 1232 words, prashant kumar, (English)
Consumers want content that improves their experience, not spam on a new medium
WE have already seen Facebook’s US$19 billion purchase of WhatsApp that solidified 2014 as a breakthrough year for messaging apps. In addition to Facebook’s …

LinkedIn aims to avoid Google’s fate in China
TODAY (Singapore), 17 June 2014, 1058 words, (English)
BEIJING — After taking a social media drubbing in the West for accepting self-censorship in China, job networking site LinkedIn faces bigger obstacles to growth in a market it is counting on — namely, local rivals and a unique workforce …

Driving marketing effectiveness ; Winning campaigns show creativity and marketing effectiveness at the heart
TODAY (Singapore), 17 June 2014, 341 words, (English)
SINGAPORE — Fifteen awards, 25 winning marketers and agencies, and 19 shortlisted entries — these are the winning numbers that summed up this year’s Effie Awards Singapore. Of the 63 entries, the 19 finalists were picked by a panel of 36 …

The New Paper, 16 June 2014, 140 words, OH MING XUAN, (English)
Under the Broadcasting Act, both buyers and sellers of unauthorised set-top decoders are liable to a fine not exceeding $40,000 or a jail term not exceeding three years, or both.

Jammin’ with books
Straits Times, 15 June 2014, 1971 words, Benson Ang, (English)
Libraries have become lifestyle centres and host activities ranging from pop concerts to dance classes to stargazing
There is a place in town where you can watch a concert, play board games, pick up cooking tips at a demonstration and even …

Amazon streams music
Straits Times, 14 June 2014, 588 words, (English)
The online giant has rolled out a streaming music service for its Prime customers
New York – Amazon began offering a streaming music service on Thursday, in a move aimed at keeping customers in its orbit amid the rise in services such as …

Graphic bookstore having big sale
Straits Times, 14 June 2014, 660 words, Lisabel Ting, (English)
Basheer Graphic Books’ post asking for support sparks concern that it is closing
The art and design community here has rallied around Basheer Graphic Books after the iconic bookstore posted a notice online declaring a sale and asking for …

More shows with local content
Straits Times, 13 June 2014, 452 words, Boon Chan Media Correspondent, (English)
StarHub will start production for 10 Public Service Broadcast shows to hit screens next year
Love watching television shows but hoping for more local content you can relate to?

‘All lose, lose all’ risk if political provocateurs win
Straits Times, 12 June 2014, 1049 words, Devadas Krishnadas, (English)
THE People’s Action Party (PAP) has made a sustained effort since the 2011 general election to engage with the ground, update its policies and increase its investments in social issues. It has also appointed new political leaders and …

NEWS ANALYSIS; Now for the magical mobile moment
Straits Times, 12 June 2014, 696 words, Grace Chng Senior Correspondent, (English)
With latest buys, SingTel hopes for breadth and depth in digital advertising
SINGTEL’S wholly owned subsidiary Amobee notched up much better revenues of $113 million last year, more than double the $54 million of a year earlier.

Universal likes its Music old-school
Straits Times, 11 June 2014, 533 words, Rachael Boon, (English)
DIGITAL music distribution is on everyone’s radar but old-school music giant Universal Music is playing it cool.
In a recent interview with The Straits Times, chief executive Max Hole said the company is not interested in being a digital …

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A Princess for every Race

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Broadcast & Cinema Studies, Communication Policy & Research, Industry News & Updates | 0 comments

Image taken from E Online

Image taken from E Online

My best friend has three young daughters, all between the ages of 8 and 2 years, and like most girls they do love their princesses, but her 5 year-old said something to me the other day which made me think.

This precocious child was dressed in a princess costume with the fluffy skirt and crown and I remarked how lovely she looked. She then turned to me and said, ‘but I don’t look like any of my princess dolls’.

She was right—most of these dolls have Caucasian features and most of them are from Disney.

I went on to tell her she did not need to look like her dolls to be a princess as princesses come in all forms. But I don’t think she believed me.

I read a recent post on E Online of a graphic artist who decided to tweak the faces of the various Disney princesses so as to represent more ethnic groups. His aim was simple, just to see how these princesses would look if they came from different ethnic backgrounds, and the results were magnificent, some were actually more beautiful than what was originally drawn.

I could probably list a whole array of issues of stereotyping, personifications of beauty and image bias but I am sure you all know the theories.

However, these are all just theories until you actually come face-to-face with its effects. Until a little girl tells you, she doesn’t look like one of her princess dolls.

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News You Can Use – June 2014 – Issue 2

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Broadcast & Cinema Studies, Communication Policy & Research, Industry News & Updates, Information Studies, Journalism & Publishing, Public & Promotional Communication | 0 comments

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 2 covers 5-10 June 2014). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Consider a panel to self-regulate arts
Straits Times, 10 June 2014, 1014 words, Ang Peng Hwa, For The Straits Times, (English)
I READ with some disappointment the news that Arts Engage, a network of arts practitioners from various disciplines, had rejected a proposal by the Media Development Authority (MDA) for arts groups to self-classify their productions.

MAS to introduce ad rules for investment products
Straits Times, 10 June 2014, 396 words, Mok Fei Fei, (English)
NEW rules will be put in place to ensure consumers are not ripped off by financial institutions promising lucrative returns for investment products without clearly or sufficiently stating the risks.

Sony takes on Facebook in virtual reality headset race ; Ailing company may have the advantage with its PS4 console, movie and television business
TODAY (Singapore), 10 June 2014, 707 words, (English)
SAN FRANCISCO — Now it is Sony versus Facebook. After being knocked around by Apple and Samsung Electronics for more than a decade, Sony is up against yet another tech rival as it attempts to build the PlayStation 4 into an entertainment …

Social media’s the real winner in World Cup campaign
TODAY (Singapore), 10 June 2014, 412 words, (English)
LONDON — With the World Cup kick-off in Brazil just days away, broadcasters are making final preparations for the quadrennial, global television sports jamboree. But in an increasingly mobile and social world, the marketing battle is going …

India’s govt moves to ease fears over freedom of expression
TODAY (Singapore), 9 June 2014, 503 words, (English)
NEW DELHI — India’s new government has sought to ease concerns that freedom of expression is under threat, promising to strengthen the independence of the state-run broadcaster and consider allowing more foreign investment in Indian media.

Art of censorship in Singapore
Straits Times, 7 June 2014, 1577 words, Corrie Tan, Arts Correspondent, (English)
CENSORSHIP has long dogged artists in Singapore. It is a dull ache, with the occasional painful twist.
The most recent – and perhaps unintended – turn of the screw came on May 12 when the Media Development Authority (MDA) released its …

Don’t let Somaly Mam sully others’ good work
Straits Times, 6 June 2014, 1220 words, Nirmal Ghosh Indochina Bureau Chief In Bangkok , (English)
HUNDREDS of journalists have met Ms Somaly Mam, a Cambodian who has waged an unceasing campaign against the trafficking of young girls for commercial sex. I got to know her back in October 2011.

M’sia TV operator wants content available freely
Business Times Singapore, 6 June 2014, 616 words, Pauline Ng In Kuala Lumpur, (English)
ABN urges govt to follow S’pore and remove ‘exclusivity arrangements’
DIGITAL cable network provider Asian Broadcasting Network (M) Sdn Bhd (ABN), which plans to spend RM2 billion (S$778 million) by 2017, has urged the government to follow …

We get your colours right ; TODAY admitted into the International Newspaper Color Quality Club for the third time
TODAY (Singapore), 6 June 2014, 306 words, (English)
singapore — It boils down to consistently excellent colour reproduction in newspaper printing, so readers and advertisers can be assured of a quality product.

39-min ad that looks like a documentary
Straits Times, 5 June 2014, 781 words, (English)
New York – Remember the longtime pitch for Campbell’s Chunky soup – “the soup that eats like a meal”? A project that American Express was to introduce yesterday can be described as a commercial that watches like a documentary.


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Through my looking Glass

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Audio-Visual Materials, Broadcast & Cinema Studies, Happenings, Industry News & Updates, Public & Promotional Communication | 0 comments

“If you could only see things from my point-of-view” — how many times have you heard someone say this or a version of this to you or someone else?

Maybe if I put on a pair of glasses and turned what I saw into short films, you could see my point-of-view better. This is what Google has decided to try to do with their Glass.

Entitled Glass Films, this YouTube Channel is dedicated to films made through Google Glass and many of them by young film makers who are fresh out from films school in the United States.

My favourite is ‘Seeds’, a touching story of a man’s journey back home to India to see his mother.

It is interesting to think of the possibilities of using these Glass to make movies. Will it work for long feature presentations? Could it capture the same images as that of a high definition camera? Is there is way to blend this kind of filming with traditional filming methods? What are the new skills needed for film makers these days?

But for now enjoy these films and take a look at what these people see through their Glass.

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New database – Oxford Bibliographies Online

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Broadcast & Cinema Studies, Communication Policy & Research, Electronic Resources, Journalism & Publishing, Public & Promotional Communication | 0 comments

NTU Libraries has recently subscribed to Oxford Bibliographies Online. These bibliographies are authoritative research guides written by subject experts.

Currently, there are 120 items under Communication and 151 items under Cinema and Media Studies. Below are some examples:


Cinema and Media Studies:

The Library’s subscription also cover many other subject areas such as Childhood studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Check out the entire list here (access requires NTU network username and password).

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