Choice Picks for Media Folks – July Issue 4

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 4 covers 21-29 July 16.

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Mediacorp celebrates outstanding journalism at 2016 Mediacorp News Awards
Channel NewsAsia, 11:06, 29 July 2016, 456 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: Mediacorp honoured some of the best journalistic works across its news platforms – on television, radio, print and online – at the 2016 Mediacorp News Awards Gala on Thursday evening (28 Jul).

Twitter turns to video ads to boost ailing growth ; Company is betting on live streaming content in the face of poor revenue, audience growth
TODAY, 28 July 2016, 741 words, (English)
SAN FRANCISCO — This week brought a stark reminder of what can happen to Internet businesses that are overtaken by rivals: Yahoo, an iconic Web company that lost out to Facebook and Google, agreed to sell its core Internet operations to

ST retains position as top newspaper to reach audience
The Straits Times, 26 July 2016, 356 words, (English)
The Straits Times (ST) has retained its top spot as Singapore’s newspaper of the year in an annual survey conducted by Marketing magazine, a monthly publication on advertising and marketing in Asia.

Primer; Can social media use be negotiated sensibly?
The Straits Times, 25 July 2016, 1411 words, Daryl Chin, (English)
This is the eleventh of 12 primers on various current affairs issues, published as part of the outreach programme for The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz.

Drive your car and get paid… for ads
The Straits Times, 25 July 2016, 797 words, Toh Yong ChuanSenior Correspondent, (English)
Local ad start-up says it has 1,000 private car drivers willing to ‘rent out’ ad space for a fee
A local advertising agency is reviving the idea of turning private cars into advertising billboards.

Fans eager for launch of Pokemon Go here, but trespassers beware
The Straits Times, 24 July 2016, 542 words, Irene Tham, (English)
With Pokemon Go’s debut in Japan on Friday, Singapore fans of the wildly popular game expect it to be launched here soon and are getting ready and set to go.

Relations within the home is a recurring theme among youth film-makers
TODAY, 22 July 2016, 916 words, Reena Devi , (English)
Singapore — A recently widowed taxi driver dies in a tragic car accident and ends up striking a deal with an underworld minion to find a missing soul. In exchange, he gets to see his young daughter one last time.

Choice Picks for Media Folks – July Issue 3

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 3 covers 14-20 July 16.

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Pop Culture; New rule on R21 content reflects changing media landscape
The Straits Times, 20 July 2016, 815 words, John Lui, (English)
Low-key announcement by the Media Development Authority speaks volumes about how content classification must adapt to changing TV viewing habits

The outdated notion of nationalism in a globalised world: The China Post
The Straits Times, 19 July 2016, 685 words, (English)
In its editorial on July 19, the paper argues that the world needs leaders who can unite, not divide.
After the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague ruled against China’s sovereignty claim in the South China Sea, a person posted

China’s online retailers move into real world
The Straits Times, 18 July 2016, 631 words, Chong Koh Ping, China Correspondent In Shanghai, (English)
Boom in O2O market as e-players seek new areas of growth
Ms Sara Xue is a fan of a new supermarket in the eastern city fringe of Shanghai, in the Pudong district.

Apple proposes simpler songwriting royalties for streaming
TODAY, 18 July 2016, 650 words, (English)
NEW YORK — In the music industry’s streaming battles, the fight extends to even the minutiae of copyright.
Apple, in a government filing on Friday, proposed simplifying the highly complex way songwriting royalties are paid when it comes to

Newspapers, free-to-air TV top consumer satisfaction rankings
TODAY, 15 July 2016, 584 words, Laura Elizabeth Philomin, (English)
SINGAPORE — Newspapers outranked other media services such as websites and television, in terms of consumer satisfaction with content quality, a study showed, while Mediacorp’s free-to-air TV and over-the-top platform (Toggle) also came out

More children used social media in 2015: MDA
Channel NewsAsia, 15:08, 14 July 2016, 317 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: The number of children who used social media in 2015 saw a sharp jump from the previous year, according to a study by the Media Development Authority (MDA).

Online streaming services have the highest viewership among millennials: MDA survey
The Straits Times, 14 July 2016, 257 words, Irene Tham, (English)
SINGAPORE – Streaming movies and shows over the Internet has become a norm in Singapore, with the highest viewership among millennials or those aged 15 to 34.

Who needs social media? Millennials who hardly use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
The Straits Times, 17 July 2016, 1849 words, Benson Ang, (English)
Some millennials here hardly use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. They tell The Sunday Times there’s more to life than posting updates
The use of social media is commonly associated with younger folk.

S’pore’s future: Be flexible or be first?
The Straits Times, 14 July 2016, 797 words, Olivia Ho, (English)
Push for innovation: Expert urges S’pore to build up ‘second-mover advantage’ but others disagree
The Tyrannosaurus rex (T-rex) was a well-muscled predator with large teeth, but it is extinct today. In contrast, the little cockroach is still

Digital age means companies can be born global players: Iswaran
Business Times Singapore, 14 July 2016, 709 words, Lee U-Wen , (English)
Connectivity has enabled homegrown companies to become global successes quickly if they have good offerings and can scale up fast, he says

Choice Picks for Media Folks – July Issue 2

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 2 covers 8-13 July 16.

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PARLIAMENT; New Bill defines contempt of court, sets out penalties
Business Times Singapore, 12 July 2016, 891 words, Claire Huang, (English)
A NEW Bill that seeks to consolidate existing law on contempt in statutory form and that sets out the maximum penalties has been introduced in parliament, in a move to provide greater clarity and certainty.

IS launches Malay language newspaper in bid to spread influence ; Publication being distributed across many countries in S-E Asia
TODAY, 12 July 2016, 580 words, MALAY MAIL ONLINE  , (English)
KUALA LUMPUR — Terror group Islamic State (IS) has launched a Malay-language publication aimed at supporters in South-east Asia as it tries to spread its influence.

HK film-makers choose between money and heart
MyPaper, 11 July 2016, 505 words, (English)
SHOOT the film you have always wanted on a shoestring budget or sell out and make a blockbuster?

Primer; The good and bad sides of consumerism
The Straits Times, 11 July 2016, 1435 words, Jalelah Abu Baker, (English)
This is the ninth of 12 primers on various current affairs issues, published as part of the outreach programme for The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz.

Ghostbusters’ marketing challenges ; How Sony is selling the all-female reboot
TODAY, 11 July 2016, 643 words, (English)
LOS ANGELES — In a summer where studio tentpoles have been underperforming at the box office, Sony Pictures is facing hurdles with how to sell its female-driven reboot of “Ghostbusters” to the masses.

R21 titles at online video stores? Yes – with strings
The Straits Times, 9 July 2016, 525 words, Irene Tham, (English)
MDA says these films unsuitable for kids must come with parental locks, age verification measures
Online video stores can now sell R21-rated dramas and movies with the relaxation of rules that govern their sale, but conditions to protect

‘Images not in real-time’
The New Paper, 8 July 2016, 662 words, KINTAN ANDANARI, (English)
Global ad agency returns international award for refugee-locating app after external testers point out that it does not work

India’s censored film industry fights back
TODAY, 8 July 2016, 1100 words, Shashi Tharoor, (English)
Go watch a movie in India nowadays, and despite the elaborate musical numbers and extravagant sets, you may well find the content pretty bland. The reason is simple: The industry is reeling under severe censorship. This flies in the face of


Choice Picks for Media Folks – June Issue 5

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 5 covers 23-29 June 16.

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The world could use more empathy, says Apprentice director Boo Junfeng
The Straits Times, 29 June 2016, 1511 words, Boon Chan, (English)
Film-maker Boo Junfeng takes on capital punishment in Apprentice with characters that inspire empathy in viewers
Capital punishment is dehumanising. That was the topic of a debate film-maker Boo Junfeng took part in as a student at Chung

Free to sing Happy Birthday: 6 interesting facts about the iconic song
The Straits Times, 28 June 2016, 668 words, Sanjay Nair, (English)
You can now sing the Happy Birthday song without the risk of a lawsuit. A US federal judge on Monday (June 27) signed off on a settlement that puts the song – considered one of the most recognisable tunes in the English language – in the

ST-SMU Future of Education; Youth must chart own paths
The Straits Times, 26 June 2016, 725 words, Yuen Sin, (English)
Acting Education Minister says Govt careful not to ‘overplan’ their future
Singapore has come far in offering a diverse range of opportunities for students. But the Government also has to be mindful not to “over- plan” and instead, give

Impact Journalism Day by Sparknews; Stories of change: 55 media outlets unite to celebrate changemakers
The Straits Times, 25 June 2016, 463 words, Christian de Boisredon, Founder, Impact Journalism Day, (English)
Our world is changing – in many ways for the better. Poverty and child mortality rates are declining, increasing numbers of primary- age children attend school and world leaders are taking collective action to counter climate change.

Singapore caught in the middle as China-Asean country coordinator
The Straits Times, 24 June 2016, 1208 words, Teo Cheng Wee, (English)
Still, it did creditably as ‘the well wasn’t poisoned and bridges weren’t burnt’ despite the Kunming meeting ending with disjointed public statements

COMMENTARY; Singapore and Germany – partners in ‘Industrie 4.0’
Business Times Singapore, 24 June 2016, 770 words, Michael Witter,Wolfgang Huppenbauer (English)
SINGAPORE and Germany are among the most advanced industrialised countries in the world. Both have a substantial share of the productive sector in their GDP (gross domestic product), and are committed to maintaining industry as a key

Giving voice to the voiceless
Business Times Singapore, 24 June 2016, 664 words, Helmi Yusof (English)
Newsha Tavakolian’s photos show Muslim women as resilient and determined, in contrast to common misconceptions.
THE opening of the OPEN festival was marred by an incident of censorship. The Media Development Authority (MDA) objected to 15

Swift, U2 among artists demanding digital-copyright reform
MyPaper, 23 June 2016, 227 words, (English)
TAYLOR Swift, who has spoken out against Spotify and Apple, is now taking on YouTube over its payments to artists.
She has joined some 180 recording artists – including Paul McCartney, Kings Of Leon and U2 – and labels in petitioning for the

How to keep the government relevant in this digital age
TODAY, 23 June 2016, 992 words, Chan Cheow Hoe, (English)
American venture capitalist Marc Andreessen was prophetic when he said “software is eating the world”. Today, most businesses and industries run on software delivered as digital services — from music to medical services.


Choice Picks for Media Folks – June Issue 4

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 4 covers 15-22 June 16.

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Keyboard warriors: South Korea trains new frontline in decades-old war with North
Channel NewsAsia, 11:40, 20 June 2016, 832 words, (English)
SEOUL: In one college major at Seoul’s elite Korea University, the courses are known only by number, and students keep their identities a secret from outsiders.

Two NTUC magazines to shut by end of the month
TODAY, 18 June 2016, 572 words, Joy Fang, (English)
SINGAPORE — Two magazine titles published by an arm of NTUC Link — collectively boasting one of the biggest circulations here, at 200,000 — will end their run at the end of this month, although subscribers have not yet been informed. The

MDA seeking proposals for two radio stations
The Straits Times, 16 June 2016, 496 words, Anjali Raguraman, (English)
The Media Development Authority (MDA) launched a public tender yesterday seeking proposals to operate radio stations on two frequencies.
They are FM 89.3, which is vacant, and FM 96.3, currently occupied by Expat Radio 96.3FM until September

Court backs rules treating Internet as utility, not luxury
TODAY, 16 June 2016, 444 words, (English)
WASHINGTON — High-speed Internet can be defined as a utility, a federal court has ruled, in a sweeping decision clearing the way for more rigorous policing of broadband providers and greater protections for Web users.

How China won the keys to Disney’s Magic Kingdom
TODAY, 16 June 2016, 1237 words, (English)
Shanghai — Disney had pushed China too hard, putting the company’s plans for a new theme park here in limbo. Disney’s chief executive Robert A Iger wanted to kick the years-long negotiations into high gear, so he took a corporate jet to

More than half of online users get news from Facebook, YouTube and Twitter: Study
The Straits Times, 15 June 2016, 454 words, (English)
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Social media has emerged as a leading source of news among online users who increasingly access it on their smartphones, a think-tank said on Wednesday (June 15), warning that the embrace of free news

New book reveals tidbits about Wong Kar Wai’s life
The Straits Times, 15 June 2016, 1177 words, Boon Chan, (English)
Film critic John Powers’ book on the film-maker reveals little-known details about his personal life
It has been reported that auteur Wong Kar Wai’s father worked on ships. But what is less known is that he later managed the largest

US tops list of countries with the most ‘soft power’
TODAY, 15 June 2016, 627 words, (English)
LONDON — The United States has overtaken Britain as the world’s leading “soft power”, according to a survey claiming that US President Barack Obama’s diplomatic moves in Iran, Cuba and Asia have helped to shift global opinion of the


Choice Picks for Media Folks – June Issue 3

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 3 covers 8-14 June 16.

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Culture Vulture; Lessons for Singapore’s nascent writing scene learnt at a Korean residency
The Straits Times, 14 June 2016, 1193 words, Clara Chow, (English)
Giving aspiring writers a place where they can live, work with and learn from established ones may help bolster the support network in the literary circle

The Life Interview With K. Rajagopal: Late bloomer takes flight
The Straits Times, 13 June 2016, 1756 words, John Lui, (English)
Self-taught film-maker K. Rajagopal’s first full-length feature was picked for the International Critics’ Week at the Cannes film festival
He is 51. In film-making terms, K. Rajagopal should be a veteran, releasing box sets of his work, with

‘Cloned’ and exposed: A cautionary tale for photojournalism
The Straits Times, 12 June 2016, 1220 words, Desmond Lim, (English)
Something caught my eye when I was sifting through a pile of old magazines at a second-hand bookstore in Bras Basah Complex 10 years ago. Framed by the familiar yellow border of the National Geographic magazine, the intense gaze of an

Serve court papers – via Facebook
The Straits Times, 10 June 2016, 541 words, K.C. Vijayan, (English)
Court okays use of electronic means beyond e-mail if defendant cannot be reached in person
Court papers can be served through Facebook, Skype or Internet message boards on defendants who cannot be reached in person, the High Court has ruled.

R21 rating stays for documentary on alleged Marxist plot detainees as filmmaker’s appeal is dismissed
The Straits Times, 9 June 2016, 663 words, (English)
SINGAPORE – The Films Appeal Committee (FAC), an independent panel, has dismissed filmmaker Jason Soo’s appeal for a PG13 rating for his documentary on detainees arrested in 1987 over an alleged Marxist plot.

Choice Picks for Media Folks – June Issue 2

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 2 covers 3-7 June 16.

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Former senior editor at Malaysia’s New Straits Times says he quit after soul-searching over 1MDB scandal
The Straits Times, 7 June 2016, 826 words, Lee Seok Hwai, (English)
The former group editor at New Straits Times (NST), Malaysia’s leading newspaper which is controlled by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s ruling party Umno, has openly raised questions about scandal-hit state investor 1MDB, saying that it has

Flirting with danger: Singapore teens on Tinder
Channel NewsAsia, 09:03, 7 June 2016, 1132 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: In her Tinder profile photo, “Rachel” sticks her tongue out playfully at the camera, and has a floral wreath digitally superimposed atop her long, wavy hair. Her profile says she is 18 years old.

Addicted to ‘likes’ on FB? Here’s how to quit
MyPaper, 3 June 2016, 408 words, RUAN FAN, (English)
HOW many times do you check your Moments or Facebook page in a day to see whether your latest post has got another “like” or “thumbs up”?
Although you may be embarrassed to admit how many times you do this, don’t worry – psychological

Instant books? Singapore welcomes its first book vending machines
Channel NewsAsia, 14:46, 3 June 2016, 526 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: Planning to catch up on your reading? Why not head down to one of BooksActually’s new vending machines and buy a book.
The independent bookstore on Friday (Jun 3) unveiled two book vending machines at the National Museum of

Choice Picks for Media Folks – June Issue 1

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 1 covers 25 May to 2 June 16.

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Start Singapore: Viddsee inks deal with Discovery Networks
The Straits Times, 2 June 2016, 845 words, (English)
Viddsee inks deal with Discovery Networks
Singapore online short film hub Viddsee has expanded its video inventory by inking a partnership with Discovery Networks Asia Pacific, a leading global entertainment network.

Futurist: More changes in next 20 years than last 300
Business Times Singapore, 2 June 2016, 541 words, Amit Roy Choudhury, (English)
THE next 20 years are likely to bring more changes to humanity than the past 300 years, futurist Gerd Leonhard declared on Wednesday.

Music world unites against YouTube as it seeks change to copyright laws
TODAY (Singapore), 2 June 2016, 1121 words, (English)
NEW YORK — A few years ago, the biggest enemy of the music industry was Pandora Media. Then Spotify became the target. Now it is YouTube’s turn.

Beset by rivals and record labels, Spotify plots path to profit
Channel NewsAsia, 08:55, 1 June 2016, 1220 words, (English)
STOCKHOLM: Spotify is a household name, with more paying users than any other music-streaming service in the world. But it doesn’t make a penny.

Here’s why Disney built a resort in Shanghai
The Straits Times, 1 June 2016, 1156 words, Howard Yu For The Straits Times, (English)
To fight piracy, foreign companies in China are going for flagship stores that offer an authentic customer experience
In China, the land of pirated DVDs and fake merchandise, the government’s sudden anti-counterfeit campaign may have come as

More freedom of speech, but some restrictions necessary: DPM
TODAY (Singapore), 31 May 2016, 378 words, Neo Chai Chin, (English)
SINGAPORE — Singapore society should evolve towards more freedom of speech but some restrictions, such as on hate speech, are necessary, said Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam yesterday at the Pre-University Seminar.

VR theme park to open in Guizhou
MyPaper, 30 May 2016, 378 words, (English)
PLANS have been unveiled for a ground-breaking virtual-reality (VR) theme park where visitors can find themselves immersed in a world living with aliens, riding unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and fighting dragons.

Finding fame in fanfiction
The New Paper, 30 May 2016, 688 words, KIMBERLEY CHIU, (English)
S’porean writers let their imaginations run wild online

We need a wiser Singapore, not a reactionary one: NMP Kok Heng Leun
Channel NewsAsia, 01:16, 28 May 2016, 6004 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: It was only after his second attempt that Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Kok Heng Leun got into the chambers of Singapore’s legislature, and when he stood to speak for the first time in April, he set out to make his speech

Lack of funds, so socio-political sites IQ, Six-Six close
TODAY (Singapore), 26 May 2016, 675 words, Kenneth Cheng, (English)
SINGAPORE — Two socio-political websites, one of them less than a year old, have called time on their operations.
Inconvenient Questions (IQ), launched in January last year by former Nominated Member of Parliament Viswa Sadasivan, will cease


Choice Picks for Media Folks – May Issue 4

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 4 covers 19-24 May 16.

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Virtual reality can be economies’ way out of productivity slump: Deutsche Bank
Business Times Singapore, 24 May 2016, 765 words, Soon Weilun , (English)
Asia can benefit from this disruptive technology, along with robotics, Internet of Things, cloud computing and big data

Brand Misconceptions ; Experts weigh in on what it takes to make a brand authentic
TODAY (Singapore), 24 May 2016, 1255 words, Goh Hwee Leng, (English)
The recent court case between the owners of luxury tea retailer TWG Tea, which had thrown the brand into the spotlight, made one thing clear: Many consumers were still in the dark about its origins. Comments that followed after the news hit

Enterprise: Cover Story: How to disrupt your company
The Edge Singapore, 23 May 2016, 2095 words, BY JOAN NG, (English)
What do Drew Barrymore, Angelina ­Jolie and Tilda Swinton have in common? Hint: It’s more than just great looks. On April 23, Netflix announced it had started principal photography for a feature film called Okja. The film will star

Expedia CEO expects Facebook to join online travel booking market ; Firms that nail use of social networks as a sales platform will take market share, he says
TODAY (Singapore), 20 May 2016, 747 words, (English)
TORONTO — Expedia’s CEO is expecting more company in the world of online travel booking, predicting Facebook will follow Google into the business.

Social/search: Facebook meets heads over bias claims
The PANPA Bulletin, 19 May 2016, 534 words, NewsMediaWorks, (English)
The allegations first surfaced on tech-site Gizmodo which cited an anonymous former Facebook employee who said that workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservatives from its Trending Topics feature.


Choice Picks for Media Folks – May Issue 3

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 3 covers 12-18 May 16.

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China’s Internet stars have huge ad value
The Straits Times, 18 May 2016, 981 words, Teo Cheng Wee China Correspondent In Beijing, (English)
Advertisers paying big bucks to homegrown celebrities with big fan base and niche appeal
Blogger Monica Xu first began writing about lipstick on social media out of personal interest in 2014, as she was preparing for postgraduate studies in

Singapore’s literary scene enjoying revival
The Straits Times, 17 May 2016, 2558 words, Lee Jian Xuan, (English)
While home-grown authors are gaining attention from readers and publishers abroad, readers here may not have read their works
It would not be a stretch to say Singapore literature has been enjoying a renaissance in recent years.

Singapore Media Festival back to showcase Singapore talent
The Straits Times, 17 May 2016, 364 words, Boon Chan, (English)
The Singapore Media Festival returns for its third edition from Nov 23 to Dec 9.
This was announced yesterday by the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) at Cannes Film Festival, where Singapore has two feature films in competition

Enterprise: Careers: How to be an ad man today
The Edge Singapore, 16 May 2016, 670 words, By Michelle Teo, (English)
Everything you do communicates,” says Neal Davies, president and CEO of ­Effie Worldwide, the global marketing organisation that celebrates effectiveness in marketing communication. Effective advertising and marketing requires a holistic

ST to coach teachers on feature writing
The Straits Times, 16 May 2016, 563 words, (English)
Workshop launched to help educators apply journalistic techniques in writing
Teachers will dip into journalists’ bag of tricks at a new Straits Times workshop called “In The Shoes of a Journalist – Get to the Heart of the Matter”.

Defenders of ‘kiasu-ism’ have got it wrong: NMP Kuik Shiao-Yin
Channel NewsAsia, 01:52, 14 May 2016, 5214 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: When Nominated Member of Parliament Kuik Shiao-Yin stood up in Parliament in April this year, she took aim at “kiasu-ism” and the “national habit of fear”. She said it had resulted in huge, costly trade-offs in human development,

One edition, many ad messages
The Straits Times, 13 May 2016, 346 words, Samuel Mak, (English)
You may be reading the same page of The Sunday Times as the person next to you at a cafe this weekend, but both of you may see different versions of the advertisement on the same page.

mm2 Entertainment Announces Three-Year Plan to Develop Local Chinese Language Scriptwriters
Singapore Government News, 12 May 2016, 406 words, (English)
May 12 — mm2 Entertainment Pte Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of mm2 Asia Ltd.) today announced a partnership with the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) to develop local Chinese language scriptwriters for Singapore’s film

Choice Picks for Media Folks – May Issue 2

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 2 covers 6-11 May 16.

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Singapore Book Awards: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye wins Book of the Year
Channel NewsAsia, 09:00, 11 May 2016, 728 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: Comic artist Sonny Liew’s graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye took home the Book of the Year accolade at the Singapore Book Awards on Wednesday night (May 11).

ST Star E-books content to move to website
The Straits Times, 11 May 2016, 835 words, (English)
The Straits Times will be consolidating its digital offerings in June, progressively moving some of the content of the ST Star E-books app into the newspaper’s website.

Why local director Kelvin Tong finally makes his first movie in English
The Straits Times, 11 May 2016, 738 words, John Lui, (English)
Singapore film-maker Kelvin Tong talks about how directing American actors is different from Asian ones in his new movie The Faith Of Anna Waters

Ads evolve into new forms as media landscape shifts online
TODAY (Singapore), 10 May 2016, 701 words, (English)
NEW YORK — Mr Peter Naylor, head of advertising sales at Hulu, stood on a stage before a roomful of advertising executives who were there to see what the popular streaming service had in store for the year. After trumpeting Hulu’s new

d.edge: Will chatbots spell end of mobile apps era?
The Edge Singapore, 9 May 2016, 1857 words, By Assif Shameen, (English)
Facebook’s annual developer conference in San Francisco is normally a low-key affair that gets little mention outside the small tech community in the Silicon Valley. At this year’s conference, F8, in mid-April, the social network’s founder

Users spend 50 minutes a day on Facebook and related platforms
TODAY (Singapore), 9 May 2016, 917 words, (English)
NEW YORK — Facebook reported dazzling first-quarter results last week: Net income nearly tripled to US$1.5 billion (S$2.04 billion), and monthly active users hit a record 1.65 billion. But it was a much smaller number that leapt out.

COMMENTARY; Ad agencies’ new challengers expose lack of tech wizardry
Business Times Singapore, 6 May 2016, 592 words, Leila Abboud , (English)
AD AGENCIES have had to endure the rise of the geeks as Google and Facebook emerged as mighty marketing machines. The next challenge is spreadsheet-wielding nerds.
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Choice Picks for Media Folks – May Issue 1

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 1 covers 29 Apr to 5 May 16.

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How the Korean pop juggernaut keeps churning out new acts such as Red Velvet and Royal Pirates
The Straits Times, 4 May 2016, 1290 words, Gwendolyn Ng, (English)
As new music groups keep forming, what does it take for Korean pop star wannabes to stand out in the saturated industry?
Just a few years ago, many could name popular Korean pop acts such as Girls’ Generation, BigBang and Psy, even if they

SPECIAL REPORT; Philippines election: The politics of charm
The Straits Times, 3 May 2016, 1498 words, Raul Dancel Philippines Correspondent In Manila, (English)
Songs, selfies and plenty of T-shirts – candidates in the Philippines are well versed in charming their way into the hearts of the people
For about 15 minutes, Mr Ruffy Biazon navigated a maze of alleys three-men wide that snaked through a

‘Like’ it or not, social media makes its presence felt in Bt Batok by-election ; Chee, Murali both using Facebook to garner support, but are voters paying attention?
TODAY (Singapore), 3 May 2016, 1381 words, Wong Casandra and Wong Pei Ting Casandra Wong, (English)
SINGAPORE — On paper, the Bukit Batok by-election began on April 27 when the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) Murali Pillai and the Singapore Democratic Party’s (SDP) Dr Chee Soon Juan emerged as the official candidates for the May 7 poll.

Multi-disciplinary approach works for local PR firm
Business Times Singapore, 2 May 2016, 1816 words, Mindy Tan , (English)
The directors at Asia PR Werkz specialise in a wide range of areas ranging from health care and lifestyle to litigation.

Never too young for social media: Parents setting up Facebook and Instagram accounts for kids
The Straits Times, 1 May 2016, 1066 words, Venessa Lee, (English)
Parents are setting up Facebook and Instagram accounts to chart and share the growing-up years of their children, some as young as a few months old

Good move by PrimaDeli: PR expert
The New Paper, 30 April 2016, 216 words, (English)
Large companies can be guided by good values and ethics, but their employees might not be well trained enough to avoid certain situations, said a public relations (PR) veteran, Ms Rose Tan.

MCI workplan seminar; Govt looks to push e-citizen services on mobile devices MCI workplan seminar
The Straits Times, 29 April 2016, 404 words, Irene Tham, (English)
Agencies to share citizens’ data to anticipate needs, make life simpler
Soon, you may not need to seek out the Government for a service that you need. The government service will come to you on your mobile device.

Choice Picks for Media Folks – April Issue 4

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 4 covers 20-28 Mar 16.

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BOOKS; Millennials monetise minor miseries through novels
Business Times Singapore, 22 April 2016, 1023 words, Jessica Contrera , (English)
FIFTEEN months ago, an aspiring actress and artist began writing pithy little four-line poems about the micro-struggles of 20-something life. Illustrating them with her own whimsical drawings, Samantha Jayne Siegel posted them to Instagram

Ernest Wong to return to Mediacorp as chairman
TODAY (Singapore), 22 April 2016, 572 words, (English)
SINGAPORE — Mediacorp yesterday announced the appointment of Mr Ernest Wong as a board director and chairman-designate.
In his previous stint with the media and broadcasting group, Mr Wong served as group chief executive officer and board

Global: Press freedom violations up 14 per cent
The PANPA Bulletin, 21 April 2016, 398 words, The Newspaper Works, (English)
The 2016 World Press Freedom Index reveals a “deep and disturbing decline in respect for media freedom”, with global press freedom violations up 14 per cent in the past three years.

How this ‘job version of Kickstarter’ aims to help firms find the right talent
Channel NewsAsia, 20:23, 20 April 2016, 1719 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: For companies looking to hire the right talent, the approach of dangling carrots will not go far, according to the founder of Japanese start-up Wantedly.

Book reading in China turns a new page with mobile tech
MyPaper, 20 April 2016, 552 words, (English)
PEOPLE in China are reading more books, which may be attributed in part to mobile technology.

On the radio ; Two events at the National Museum commemorate 80 years of radio, while DJs reveal what makes radio tick
TODAY (Singapore), 20 April 2016, 1140 words, Christopher Toh, (English)
This Friday, two new exhibitions open at the National Museum that celebrate the 80th anniversary of the oldest broadcast medium in Singapore — radio.

Some radio milestones through the decades
TODAY (Singapore), 20 April 2016, 623 words, Christopher Toh, (English)
SINGAPORE — We take radio for granted these days, and it is hard to imagine that once upon a time, there was only one means of broadcast and only one station beaming music and news out to everybody on the island. Now, we have programmes in

Google searches for more eyeballs with live, 360-degree YouTube videos ; Cannot make it to that music concert or sports game? Google is offering the next-best thing
TODAY (Singapore), 20 April 2016, 498 words, (English)
SAN FRANCISCO — Google is adding live, 360-degree video and audio to its YouTube videos, as the company seeks to capture people’s attention and advertisers’ budgets with more elaborate content.

Choice Picks for Media Folks – April Issue 3

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 3 covers 13-19 Mar 16.

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20 years on, Mee Pok Man remains one of the most important Singapore films, say experts
The Straits Times, 13 April 2016, 729 words, John Lui, (English)
Mee Pok Man, which earned a strict R(A) rating when it was released 20 years ago, is now being celebrated as an influential Singapore film at The Projector

Singapore author wins American book award
The Straits Times, 13 April 2016, 460 words, Lee Jian Xuan, (English)
Singaporean author and artist Desmond Kon has clinched an independent publishing award for his book Babel Via Negativa, which was published here last year .

Arts groups critical of Govt still receiving State funding
TODAY (Singapore), 15 April 2016, 354 words, Neo Chai Chin, (English)
Many arts groups that have put up productions which criticised the Government continue to be funded by the State, and they have had their funding increased over the years, Ms Grace Fu said in Parliament yesterday.

Youth and social media – the message matters too
The Straits Times, 15 April 2016, 1228 words, Nadzirah Samsudin and Carol Soon For The Straits Times, (English)
The youth vote can have a powerful impact, making or breaking a politician’s election campaign.
United States President Barack Obama secured more than 60 per cent of the youth vote when he first won the presidency in 2008. Ms Tsai Ing-wen,

‘I was trying to tell him I live here and won’t run’
The New Paper, 15 April 2016, 1002 words, NABILAH AWANG, (English)
As news emerges of actress Rui En in another accident this year, she clarifies what she told owner of motorbike she had hit on Tuesday

Veteran ST journalist traces India’s journey to Modi in new book
The Straits Times, 16 April 2016, 785 words, Shefali Rekhi, (English)
India’s tumultuous journey in the decade that culminated in the rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is examined in a new book by veteran Straits Times journalist Ravi Velloor.

Cannes debut for Singapore director K. Rajagopal’s first feature A Yellow Bird
The Straits Times, 18 April 2016, 702 words, Boon Chan, (English)
SINGAPORE – Two decades after self-taught Singapore film-maker K. Rajagopal took flight as an award-winning director of short films, he will finally debut his feature-length work.

Reuters, NY Times share Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography
Channel NewsAsia, 15:21, 18 April 2016, 275 words, (English)
NEW YORK: Reuters and The New York Times shared the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for images of the migrant crisis in Europe and the Middle East and the Associated Press won the award for public service for a report on labor …

d.edge: The business model of ride sharing
The Edge Singapore, 18 April 2016, 2069 words, (English)
It is rare for any company, let alone a six-year-old upstart, to have its name become a verb. Just like people google something on the Internet ­rather than search for it, these days you just “uber” somewhere rather than drive or take a …

Enterprise: Careers: Having a LinkedIn profile might land you your dream job
The Edge Singapore, 18 April 2016, 1125 words, By Jeffrey Tan, (English)
Everyone wishes to clinch their dream job. Unfortunately, not everyone is successful. One reason could be that jobseekers lack sufficient visibility in the job market, despite having the right qualifications and skillset. Perhaps having an …

Arts NMP Kok Heng Leun talks targets for his term in office
The Straits Times, 19 April 2016, 771 words, Akshita Nanda, (English)
As NMP, theatre veteran Kok Heng Leun wants to highlight the role of the arts in everyday life and act as a mediator between artists and the authorities


3 beautiful and inspiring reads that are well worth your time


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We Do Not Dream by Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri is the manager of the English Premier League (EPL) football team Leicester City. His team of underdogs are getting closer to winning the EPL Championship title this season. Ranieri’s words will give you a sense of the management magic on display.

Just a few years ago, many of my players were in the lower leagues. Vardy was working in a factory. Kanté was in the third tier of the French league. Mahrez was in the French fourth division.

Now, we are fighting for a title. The Leicester fans I meet in the street tell me they are dreaming. But I say to them, “Okay, you dream for us. We do not dream. We simply work hard.”


‘When You’re Accustomed to Privilege, Equality Feels Like Oppression’

We humans are creatures of habits, not just when we go about our daily activities and routines, habits also apply to our thinking and feelings. While our feelings are always real and authentic, are they the best guides to our behaviour?

Equality can feel like oppression. But it’s not. What you’re feeling is just the discomfort of losing a little bit of your privilege — the same discomfort that an only child feels when she goes to preschool and discovers that there are other kids who want to play with the same toys as she does.

It’s like an old man being used to having a community pool all to himself, having that pool actually opened up to everyone in the community, and then that old man yelling, “But what about MY right to swim in a pool all by myself?!”


Arts NMP Kok Heng Leun’s Maiden Speech in Parliament

Here in Singapore, Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Mr Kok Heng Leun makes an insightful and persuasive case of making more time and space for the Arts.

We are so afraid we will offend others by what we say, when actually, we need to learn how NOT to be offended, or so easily offended. We need to be able to have a constructive voice that seeks to improve our shared environment and future.

If the space for discourse is not going to be opened up, we will never become a nation of mature thinkers. We will continue to co- exist but never be truly inclusive.