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Nepal Art Facebook

In 2015 Nepal earthquake killed more than 8,000 people and left
more than 2,000,000 Nepalese homeless.

After the earthquake, Relief 2.0 ran several empowerment
workshops in Nepal using art for disaster recovery. The plan was
to sell their art to help the recovery process, and to make the
initiative sustainable. The plan used a human-centric model
focusing on providing the survivors options to rebuild.

Robin Low, co-founder of Relief 2.0 and Civil Innovation Lab will
talk about his experience on disaster relief as well as introduce
the principle of ‘Never Help; Engage, Enable, Empower and
Connect’. Good intentions sometimes yield bad consequences;
especially with regards to disaster relief where many
communities will be impacted.

Click here to register for this event

Fantascope

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Fantascope is the name of one of the first devices used to view moving images in the 19 centuries, and the pre cursor of today’s film projector.  So every month this section of the blog will look at news from the movie industry.

This month we address a recent controversy over the remake of the Ghostbusters film. If you haven’t seen the movie or heard about the controversy, the issue that shook up many fans of the original film was that the Ghostbusters are now all played by women. The original line up was all men.

I confess I am a fan of the original movie and finding out about the all women cast only wanted to make me watch it more. So what’s the big deal?

Well to many devoted fans, this is a contradiction of the original movie. Sure the characters are still smart, funny and chasing ghost, just that now they have an option to where skirts or dress.

How does changing the sex of the original cast take away anything from the movie or story line? Would it make a difference if all the Avengers were women? What a James Bond that was of an African descendant?

 

A film with a cult following can have such a dramatic affect, especially when a remake is done. There are various examples of this in movies like Star Wars and Star Trek. And there is a debate if you should even attempt to remake a classic, like Ben-Hur (for those of you who may not know this but the original Ben Hur was produced in 1959, and it became an epic movie).

What is your take on the Ghostbusters? If there is really something wrong in your neighborhood, would you still call the Ghostbusters?

Through the Airwaves – Don’t put all your eggs into one basket

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Through the Airwaves is a section of the Communication and Information blog which will look at one interesting subject related to the broadcast industry. This month we look at the television programming.

So what if you have a hit show? If you realise shows don’t last forever. After a while audience either lose interest or the cast lose interest or worse yet, the writer lose interest.

You have seen it happen to may your favourite shows from Glee to the X-Files, sustaining a hot show is not that easy.

In a recent article, HBO is now, trying to figure out their next strategy for sustaining programs. They are flying high with Game of Thrones, but when this show ends (and it seems it is coming to that soon) how will they garner a new hit.

Programming for a network is like a chess game, you need to know what to place where and then how to move the programs around for better impact.

Then of course there is deciding what show will succeed and fall flat, if I told pitch to you a show about a bunch or highly intelligent researchers navigating through life as a comedy, would you give me money to make that show. (I am talking about the hit comedy series, The Big Bang Theory, of course).

Is there a certain science to broadcast programming or do you just go with that ‘gut feeling’ when it comes to selecting the shows? If you were given a chance to run an entire TV station, what would you schedule?

Campaign Eye – Harley Davidson (Japan)

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With Campaign Eye, each month we will look at one campaign which is using an interesting way to promote their product or service.

This month let’s take a look at the Harley Davidson’s Campaign in Japan, where they are trying to get younger riders hook onto the Harley experience.

In line with Harley Davidson’s spirit of freedom on the open road, the campaign uses this very same ideology and reconnects it to a younger audience. To do this they are offering loans of their motorbikes for the weekend to take a break. This seems especially appealing to the young Japanese executive who have a heavy work schedule.

But will this be enough to get a younger demographic hooked? Changing brand perception is not an easy thing, nor is getting an entire new demographic to buy into your brand.

Will you take a ride with Harley?

INYT 2016 Asia Pacific Writing Competition

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‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ as the saying goes. Maybe today we need to change this to ‘the keyboard is mightier than the sword’. This is even more so when you are in a writing competition.

Every year the International New York Times (INYT) holds an Asia Pacific Writing Competition. This year the focus of this competition is on ‘Global Youth’.

If you have an interesting idea to write on this topic, then you may want to take part in this competition.

Click here for details on the competition and here for competition guidelines.

So ready, set, write (or type).

All the best.

Leave your legacy – Deposit your Final Year Projects

FYP Submission

Your journey at NTU is almost coming to a close. But before you leave, do remember to deposit your Final Year Project (FYP)  reports into NTU’s Digital Repository. This is so your juniors and the school will have access to your reports in the future.

Here are the instructions to help you deposit your reports, and below are some things to keep in mind before you submit.

  • Only deposit the final report which has been approved by your supervisor, with all edits and changes incorporated.
  • Files above 40MB have to be submitted to the Communication & Information Library directly. You may submit your files on a CD, DVD, thumbdrive or portable hard-disk drive (HDD) to the library’s Service Desk.
  • Remember to exclude any proprietary or sensitive information, e.g. a person’s NRIC, address and contact details. You can either remove those details, or put a ‘white box’ over the sensitive information, whichever is easier for you.
  • If you had produced a website, it is best if that the website can run without an internet connection from a CD/DVD-ROM. This is so your team can keep a copy of your website for posterity. Otherwise, the domain name will expire one day.
  • If you have produced a hard copy feature publication, please donate at least one copy (max. 2) to the Communication & Information Library.

If you need any assistance, please feel free to contact the Communication and Information Library, or your Communication Librarians, Loo Shien or Debra. If you are back in school, you can just walk into library and someone will help you.

We look forward to receiving the projects.

World Press Photo 2016

World Press Photo 2016

If you haven’t heard yet, there is a World Press Photo Exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore, presented by The Straits Times. The exhibition which has toured the world showcases images from significant moments of 2014.

These powerful images fill the hallways of the National Museum and are thought provocation, attention grabbing and stunning all at the same time.

The World Press 2016 winners have been announced as well. If you like to learn more about the World Press Organization, you can access their website here.

Looking at these images, they are a reminder of what photojournalists go through to get images, which speaks a thousand words and invokes a thousand more thoughts.

More than Dis – Talk and Exhibition by WKWSCI students

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“More Than Dis” is a communication campaign organised by our very own NTU Students from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information, with the goal of strengthening inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the Singapore workplace

On Wednesday 9 March 2016 at 3.00pm at the Library Outpost (located at The Hive), the team has invited Ms Asha Karen, an Advocacy Consultant with the Disabled People’s Association Singapore to give a short presentation on this topic.

There will also be a photo exhibition in Lee Wee Nam Library from 15 March to 8 April 2016. 

We are all a apart of this world and we must build an inclusive society if we want to create a better world for all.

Start your Research journey with these 8 tips

Going on vacation is great, everyone looks forward to it. Starting a research paper, may not be so great; some say it’s at the opposite end of the enjoyment spectrum. However, once we change the way we look at things, we’ll realise things are not as difficult as we first thought. Planning your vacation trip and planning your research can be very similar. Let’s have fun together with these 8 tips! Can’t hurt right?

 


1. Switch to Scholarly Mode

Just like when you board the plane to start a journey and you need to switch the mode on your smartphone. The same goes when you are about to start a research paper. You need to prepare your mind to think like a scholar, and use scholarly resources. So start by flipping the switch in your mind.


2. Look Up a Guidebook

When you’re planning what do and where to go on a trip, chances are, you’d consult a guidebook. Did you know you can do the same when starting your Communication Research? We know starting your research can be daunting and confusing, but you never have to start from scratch. You can rely on reference works. These are written by experienced researchers, they provide great introductions, trustworthy references and helpful suggestions. Sure,Wikipedia is useful too, but remember, you may not always know who’s writing those Wikipedia entries. Ask yourself who would you trust more, an experienced travel guide, or a person (whose credentials are not known) just writing about the place. Below are some great reference works to consult for Communication Research.
International Encyclopaedia of Communication Online
Oxford Bibliographies Online
Dictionary of Media and Communication Studies


3. Different Sources Always Help

As you look around for information for your trip, you may turn to various sources, for example, people who’ve been there, destination reviews and travel magazines. Well, research in many ways is similar, it just has a different terminology. In research there are three main types of sources to look at:
• Primary sources: where researchers to get as close as possible to original ideas
• Secondary sources: where writers analyse, review or restate information found in primary resources, or other secondary resources
• Tertiary resources: where authors and editors provide data in a convenient form such as encyclopaedias, journals and textbooks.


4. Get the Right Currency

Going to the money changer to get the correct currency is a must. In research, you need to look at currency as well, just not the monetary kind. In research, currency means ‘currency of information’ or how ‘new’ the information is. Take note though, just like how different countries have different currencies, different academic disciplines have different consideration of what is considered ‘current information’ . In Science, Technology and Medicine, information can become outdated in less than five years, but in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, information published from decades ago may still be relevant.


5. Lessen the Load

Travel light, or lighten your load you must. You only want to carry what you can manage, so you carefully select what you need to pack. You can lighten your research load by filtering your search to only look at peer reviewed journals. These journals are deemed to be of higher quality. Such journals are usually published by reputable organizations, lend credibility, authority and prestige to their authors and their works. Using Library search tools like OneSearch allows you to filter your search with just one click.


6. The Ultimate Kit

Don’t you love the all-in-one travel kit? The one with the shampoo, conditioner, body wash and so on. Takes the headache out of looking for every small items one by one. Communication Research is often conducted in relation to with other disciplines, such as Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Economics, Technology, Language, Philosophy, History, and Education. (Phew! that is a lot). Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was just one place to search across all these areas, just like having a travel kit with all its items? Then you need a database, the Communication & Mass Media Complete (CMMC) database to be exact. It covers more than 650 journals across a wide spectrum of research areas related to communication and mass media. Plus, databases take up no room in your luggage and they weigh nothing at all.


7. Proving I was There.

I have been there and I have the images to prove it. Ok maybe this is not exactly why you took so many photos when you’re on vacation, but in some ways these images are a testimony that you actually did visit a place. You need proof in your research as well. You need academic proof to support or deny the statements and claims you make in your research. But when you use someone else’s work, you need to credit it. You do this by making sure all works are well cited. This ensures you attribute ideas to the source, avoid plagiarism, and build arguments. Proper citation also indicates mastery of the topic at hand. Using a citation style such as the APA Style gives your readers a consistent way to understand your evidence.


8. Asking for Directions

We all get lost sometimes, especially when we are in a new country. So just like it is normal to ask for directions from the locals, if you get lost in your research, you can always Ask-A-Librarian. You will find us pointing you in the right direction and shifting you back on the right path, if you go off-road. Just like the locals in any country, we have the inside scope on the best places to get information. But if you want to talk to us about your holiday plans, we love to hear that too.

Graphically Novel Book Display @ Communication and Information Library

An extension of the thematic display in Art, Design & Media Library, the ‘Graphically Novel’ book display is now at the Communication and Information Library (CMIL), from 15 September to 30 September 2015.

The display features books from prominent graphic novelists & comic artists. These books are filled with beautifully illustrated story lines. You can borrow these books straight from the display.

Below is a list of books on display.

We hope to see you all at the library

The voyeurs
Bell, Gabrielle.
Uncivilized Books,2012.
PN6727.B3775V975
Black hole
Burns, Charles, 1955-
Pantheon Books,c2005.
PN6727.B87B627
The hive
Burns, Charles, 1955-
Pantheon Books,c2012.
PN6727.B87H676
The unwritten. [5], On to genesis
Carey, Mike, 1959-
DC Comics,c2012.
PN6727.C377U62
Twentieth century eightball
Clowes, Daniel.
Fantagraphics,[2002?]
PN6727.C56T971
Ghost world
Clowes, Daniel.
Ediciones La Cupula,c2004.
PN6727.C565G427
Ice Haven : Reservoir Books
Clowes, Daniel.
Mondadori,2006.
PN6727.C565I15
The absolute sandman
Gaiman, Neil.
DC Comics,2006-
PR6057.A319G141 V1
The annotated Sandman
Gaiman, Neil.
DC Comics,c2011-
PN6728.S26G141 V1
Walt & Skeezix
King, Frank, 1883-1969.
Drawn & Quarterly Books,2005-
PN6728.G3K52 V1
The Phantom : the complete series. The King years
King Features Syndicate.
Hermes Press,2012.
PN6714.P535
A wrinkle in time : the graphic novel
Larson, Hope.
Farrar Straus Giroux,2012.
PZ7.7.L37W954
Sweet tooth. 4, Endangered species
Lemire, Jeff.
Vertigo,2012.
PN6733.L45S974
Batman : the Dark Knight returns
Miller, Frank, 1957-
DC Comics,c2002.
PN6728.D34M647B
Absolute Dark Knight
Miller, Frank, 1957-
DC Comics,2006.
PN6728.B36M647A
Batman : year one
Miller, Frank, 1957-
DC Comics,c2005.
PN6728.B36M647
300
Miller, Frank, 1957-
Dark Horse Books,c2006.
PN6727.M55T531
Absolute Ronin
Miller, Frank, 1957-
DC Comics,c2008.
PN6728.R66M647
The fixer : a story from Sarajevo
Sacco, Joe.
Drawn & Quarterly,2003.
DR1313.8.S119
Notes from a defeatist
Sacco, Joe.
Jonathan Cape,2003.
PN6737.S3N911
Palestine
Sacco, Joe.
Jonathan Cape,2003, c2001.
PN6728.P35S119
A drifting life
Tatsumi, Yoshihiro, 1935-
Drawn and Quarterly ;2009.
PN6790.J3T219d
The Push man, and other stories
Tatsumi, Yoshihiro, 1935-
Drawn & Quarterly :2005, c1969.
PN6790.J3T219p
Abandon the old in Tokyo
Tatsumi, Yoshihiro, 1935-
Drawn & Quarterly,2006.
PN6790.J3T219
Good-bye
Tatsumi, Yoshihiro, 1935-
Drawn & Quarterly Publications,2008.
PN6790.J3T219g
Blankets : an illustrated novel
Thompson, Craig, 1975-
Top Shelf,c2003.
PN6727.T48B642
New York drawings : a decade of covers, comics, illustrations, and sketches from the pages of The New Yorker and beyond
Tomine, Adrian, 1974-
Drawn & Quarterly,2012.
PN6727.T65N532
Jimmy Corrigan : the smartest kid on earth
Ware, Chris, 1967-
Pantheon Books,2000.
PN6727.W285J61
Quimby the mouse : or comic strips, 1990-1991
Ware, Chris, 1967-
Jonathan Cape,c2003.
PN6727.W2723Q6
The ACME novelty date book : sketches and diary pages in facsimile. [Volume two], 1995-2002
Ware, Chris, 1967-
Drawn and Quarterly ;2007.
PN6727.W285A184
Fables
Willingham, Bill.
DC Comics,c2002-<c2010>
PN6727.W52F121 V1
Fables : 1001 nights of snowfall
Willingham, Bill.
Vertigo/DC Comics,c2006.
PN6727.W52F121n
Fables : the deluxe edition
Willingham, Bill.
DC Comics,c2009-
PN6727.W52F121d V1
Tales of colossus
Andrews, Mark.
Image Comics,c2006.
PN6720.A568
Scooped! : the third Piled higher and deeper comic strip collection
Cham, Jorge.
Piled Higher and Deeper Pub.,c2007.
PN6728.P533C442s
The graphic canon
Kick, Russell.
Seven Stories Press,c2012.
PN6714.G766 V1
Maus : a survivor’s tale
Spiegelman, Art.
Pantheon Books,1986-1991.
D810.J4S755 V1
In the shadow of no towers
Spiegelman, Art.
Pantheon Books,c2004.
PN6727.S6I35
Habibi
Thompson, Craig, 1975-
Pantheon Books,c2011.
PN6727.T48H116
Vietnamerica : a family’s journey
Tran, G. B. (Gia-Bao), 1976-
Villard Books,c2010.
E184.V53T772
Pride of Baghdad
Vaughan, Brian K.
DC Comics,c2006.
PN6728.P75V364
Life is tough and then you graduate : the second Piled higher and deeper comic strip collection
Cham, Jorge.
Piled Higher and Deeper Pub.,c2002.
PN6728.P533C442T
Piled higher and deeper : a graduate student comic strip collection
Cham, Jorge.
Piled Higher and Deeper Pub.,c2002.
PN6728.P533C442
The sandman
Gaiman, Neil.
DC Comics,c2010-
PN6728.S26G141s 2010 V2
The left bank gang
Gunn, Jason.
Fantagraphics Books,c2005.
PN6727.J37L495
On a street in Singapore : a comic view of Singapore
James Suresh.
Training Plus,c2010.
PN6222.S55J27
Frank Miller’s Sin City
Miller, Frank, 1957-
Dark Horse Books,2005-
PN6727.M55F828 V2
The quitter
Pekar, Harvey.
DC Comics,c2005.
PN6727.P44Q8
The complete Persepolis
Satrapi, Marjane, 1969-
Pantheon Books,[c2007]
PN6747.S245C737
Beowulf : monster slayer
Storrie, Paul D.
Lerner,2009.
PN6727.S746B481

So Happy – 50 Years of Singapore Rock @ NTU Libraries

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(This exhibition at NTU Libraries was made possible through the support from the NTU Arts Appreciation Series as part of the Dorothy Cheung Memorial Fund. This project is supported under the Singapore Memory Project’s irememberSG Fund, as part of the Singapore50 (SG50) celebrations) 

fFurious presents “So Happy: 50 Years Of Singapore Rock,” a retrospective exhibition of the local rock music community’s finest moments from the 1960s to the present day. The exhibition’s title was inspired by the 1991 radio hit, “So Happy,” recorded by Singapore indie band The Oddfellows.

At the heart of the “So Happy” exhibition is a timeline of 100 photographs showing prominent local rock bands from each decade. Accompanying the photographs are captions that tell a story about each band, written by individuals who are passionate about the local music industry.

The exhibition will also feature a collection of artefacts—vinyl records, cassettes, and a music mix and video interviews with 10 personalities who have made a difference in our rock history.

NTU Libraries showcases this exhibition across 5 library spaces. Follow this musical journey through the decades across the different spaces and experience an exhibition like no other.

The exhibition will run at all the libraries from 3 August 2015 till 1 September 2015

 1960s
Humanities & Social Sciences Library

1970s & 1980s
Business Library

1990s
Communication & Information Library

2000s
Art, Design & Media Library

2010s
Library Outpost @ South Spine Learning Hub

THE OPEN – Open, Participate, Engage, Negotiate

The OpenThe vacation period has come around again and while some of you may be travelling, or going on internship, and even taking summer classes, some of you may be wondering what to do.

Here is an intriguing series of events right here in Singapore entitled The Open. These events are pre-festival activities of the Singapore International Festival of Arts. These events will be held mainly in June and comprise of an array of activities from performances, talks and walks, held all over our beautiful island.

This is may be what you need to get your mind refreshed and stocked up with new ideas for the semester ahead.  You can download the event guide right from The Open website, which is hyper linked above.

Have a great vacation

Celluloid and Cinema by Biblioasia from NLB

Biblioasia

Biblioasia is a journal produced by the National Library Board and this quarter they have chosen to dedicate this issue to the films and film industry in Singapore. From interviews with local directors, to the history of films and film making in Singapore, and importance of archiving, this issue is packed with interesting content.

You can read an online copy of the magazine here.