News You Can Use – March 2015 – Issue 5

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 5 covers 25-31 Mar 2015). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Adults turn to colouring books to destress
The Straits Times, 31 March 2015, 918 words, (English)
New York – It may surprise fans of Johanna Basford’s intricately hand-drawn colouring books that the artist is, by her own admission, “pretty bad” at colouring.

Culture Vulture; When netizens unite with respect
The Straits Times, 31 March 2015, 1065 words, Ong Sor Fern, (English)
Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s death has shown that online, there is eloquence, creativity and sensitivity in Singaporeans
I have been mulling the world of social media in the past week and wondering if there might be a tipping point now where online …

Ads in newspapers, magazines may be more effective: WPP chief
Business Times Singapore, 31 March 2015, 838 words, Neil Behrmann, (English)
Advertising and other media spending in the Asia-Pacific region estimated to rise to US$296b in 2015
MARTIN Sorrell, chief executive of WPP, the giant ad agency and communications group, believes that advertisers need to reconsider …

Gushcloud draws up rules on good social media marketing practices ; Draft guidelines include ethics assessment for influencers, advertisers…
TODAY (Singapore), 31 March 2015, 641 words, Yvonne Lim, (English)
SINGAPORE — Social media agency Gushcloud has come up with a set of guidelines on good conduct when engaging social media “influencers” for its staff, in the wake of a debacle earlier this month that saw the agency come under heavy …

Old meets new at Golden Mile Tower
The Straits Times, 27 March 2015, 942 words, Isaac Neo, (English)
Will new cinema usher in revival for a neglected, ailing complex?
MANY of the shops are shuttered, and the paint is peeling, but the remaining eateries and KTV lounges in Golden Mile Tower carry on business as usual.

News You Can Use – March 2015 – Issue 4

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 4 covers 18-24 Mar 2015). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

New prize for fiction raises $20,000 question
The Straits Times, 24 March 2015, 1231 words, Akshita Nanda Arts Correspondent, (English)
THE literary industry in Singapore turned a page this month as a local publisher announced the country’s richest prize for English fiction, unsupported by government grants or other sponsors.

MR LEE KUAN YEW 1923 – 2015: UNORTHODOX LEADER; Did Mr Lee create a Singapore in his own image?
The Straits Times, 24 March 2015, 2833 words, Chua Mui Hoong Opinion Editor And Rachel Chang Assistant Political Editor, (English)
From cleaning up dirty rivers and city grounds, to reforming the language environment, Lee Kuan Yew nagged and cajoled a nation into improving its social habits. He even tried to tell them whom to marry.

When the gloves came off ; ‘In my bag I have a hatchet, and a very sharp one’
TODAY (Singapore), 24 March 2015, 1752 words, Syed Amir Hussain, (English)
When journalist Dennis Bloodworth in 1989 described Mr Lee Kuan Yew as “bloody-minded and ruthless with his adversaries. He stomps them into the ground”, he was using metaphors no less graphic and remorseless than ones Mr Lee was wont to …

Tisch to offer film courses through NUS tie-up
The Straits Times, 23 March 2015, 688 words, Sandra Davie Senior Education Correspondent, (English)
Students will be able to spend semester at New York school from next Jan
THREE years ago, the final credits rolled at the New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts (Asia) as it announced that it was closing its doors in Singapore.

Small-town India’s aspirations push newspaper boom ; Print media much more accessible as about 80% of country lacks Internet access
TODAY (Singapore), 23 March 2015, 635 words, (English)
NEW DELHI — Young office worker Rewatiraman Shukla, who lives in a slum on New Delhi’s outskirts, cannot remember a time when his family did not have a newspaper delivered to their home, even when home was a single room in a congested …

Guidelines being drafted, but major player takes wait-and-see approach
The Straits Times, 22 March 2015, 373 words, Pearl Lee, (English)
The Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore (Asas) is drafting its first advertising guidelines for social media, but one of the biggest players in the blog advertising community here may want no part of it.

SINGTEL, GUSHCLOUD MARKETING SCANDAL; It all started with an anonymous e-mail
The Straits Times, 22 March 2015, 616 words, Lim Yi Han, (English)
Blogger Xiaxue set out to expose smear campaign but did not expect storm that followed
The Gushcloud-Singtel scandal all began with an anonymous e-mail to Ms Wendy Cheng, the blogger better known as Xiaxue.

Smear campaign sparks calls for stricter ad rules
The Straits Times, 21 March 2015, 760 words, Irene Tham Technology Correspondent, (English)
Singtel marketing fiasco a good wake-up call for industry: Experts
STARHUB and M1 have accepted a public apology by Singtel group chief executive Chua Sock Koong for a smear campaign that ran last year.

Discovery Channel founder starts non-fiction video streaming service
Business Times Singapore, 20 March 2015, 431 words, (English)
Los Angeles
DISCOVERY Channel founder John Hendricks on Wednesday launched a subscription streaming service for fans of science, technology and history, with the goal of dominating the non-fiction category in on-demand, online video.

Singtel says sorry over Gushcloud controversy ; Telco finds out staff who worked with agency had not adhered to its marketing standards
TODAY (Singapore), 18 March 2015, 849 words, Xue Jianyue, (English)
SINGAPORE — Singtel has apologised for the controversy stirred up by the actions of social media agency Gushcloud, which was accused of incentivising social media “influencers” to complain about rival telcos as part of a campaign for …

News You Can Use – March 2015 – Issue 3

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue3 covers 11-17 Mar 2015). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Social media lead: DBS, UOB challenge OCBC’s claims
The Straits Times, 17 March 2015, 403 words, Rachael Boon, (English)
CLAIMS by OCBC that it leads the way among local lenders in the increasingly important social media arena drew strong rebuttals from rivals DBS and United Overseas Bank (UOB) yesterday.

Nimble-footed survivor
Business Times Singapore, 17 March 2015, 811 words, Francis Kan, (English)
Adapting to a fast-changing landscape has helped IM Communications thrive in challenging times.
AS MOBILE screens and social media feeds dragged consumers away from their newspapers and television sets, advertising agencies have had to …

Telco storm brews over social media smears ; M1, StarHub ask IDA to probe allegations that Singtel prompted ‘influencers’ to complain about…
TODAY (Singapore), 17 March 2015, 796 words, Xue Jianyue, (English)
SINGAPORE — The major telcos here have been dragged into a controversy over the conduct of social media agency Gushcloud, with M1 and StarHub asking the authorities to look into allegations that Singtel, through the agency, incentivised …

Niche magazines flourish in Internet age
The Straits Times, 16 March 2015, 984 words, Lee Jian Xuan, (English)
Two magazines – on design and food – are making a worldwide splash despite their high prices and amid talk of print dying
One is an indie design magazine swathed in a thick laminate, featuring perfectly chiselled and coiffed models in …

Heartbreak at publishing house
The Straits Times, 15 March 2015, 715 words, FENG ZENGKUN, (English)
I was 24 years old when I spent four months deflating thousands of people’s dreams.
I was working as an intern at a well-known science fiction and fantasy publishing firm in the United States.

How to build a ‘rational’ cyberspace
TODAY (Singapore), 12 March 2015, 943 words, Carol Soon, (English)
Last month, the Media Literacy Council (MLC) launched a campaign to spur pro-social online behaviour. The campaign, timed to mark the Safer Internet Day, celebrates individuals and groups that exhibit responsibility and empathy in their …

BUDGET DEBATE; MDA to nurture digital film and video sectors
Business Times Singapore, 11 March 2015, 817 words, Amit Roy Choudhury, (English)
THE Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) is looking at developing a Creators’ Space to nurture the country’s digital film and video sectors by increasing collaboration within the community.

BUDGET DEBATE; Public-service TV content to get more funding
Business Times Singapore, 11 March 2015, 533 words, Amit Roy Choudhury, (English)
THE government will invest S$250 million per year over the next five years on public-service broadcast (PSB) programmes to make available more compelling and engaging local TV content.

News You Can Use – March 2015 – Issue 2

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 2 covers 4-10 Mar 2015). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Technology a key driver in advertising industry
The Straits Times, 9 March 2015, 540 words, (English)
MS CONNIE Chan, president of the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Singapore (4As), and managing director of market management service firm, MEC Global Solutions, gives her views on the future of the advertising industry in …

Environment champion walks the talk
The Straits Times, 9 March 2015, 1280 words, (English)
This week, Ignatius Low looks at the many suggestions readers of this series have submitted of people they feel are helping to define the new Singapore, and picks an expat environmentalist who tells him that it is never too late to follow …

[ME & MY MONEY]; Father of ‘Singapore Girl’ invests by instinct
The Straits Times, 8 March 2015, 1789 words, Rachael Boon, (English)
Founder of Batey Ads has dabbled in property and racehorses but prefers to invest in people
The brand guru who dreamt up global icon the Singapore Girl for Singapore Airlines (SIA) has developed an offbeat take on investing after his decades …

BY INVITATION; Law plays catch-up with technology
The Straits Times, 7 March 2015, 1581 words, Simon Chesterman, For The Straits Times, (English)
Regulating technology requires the law to keep abreast of rapidly changing trends. The explosion of personal information and the growth of virtual currencies pose particular challenges.

Time for digital financial innovation
Business Times Singapore, 6 March 2015, 682 words, Vivianne Arnold , (English)
THE advent of the Internet has often been compared to invention of the printing press in the late 15th century. Like the Internet, the printing of books made information ubiquitous and readily accessible, empowering people with knowledge …

Do not let past misdemeanours haunt youths in the Internet age
TODAY (Singapore), 5 March 2015, 958 words, Lim Sun Sun, (English)
The recent trials and subsequent treatment of the five teenagers involved in the Toa Payoh graffiti incident are regrettable in many ways.
Certainly, while violating Singapore’s tough anti-vandalism measures is disturbing, so too is the …

Singapore has the best quality-of-living standards in Asia: Mercer report
Channel NewsAsia, 17:23, 4 March 2015, 421 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: The Republic is the city with the best living quality-of-living standards in Asia, according to the Mercer 2015 Quality of Living Rankings released on Wednesday (Mar 4).

NLB saga: Author defends controversial book
The Straits Times, 4 March 2015, 539 words, Pearl Lee, (English)
Characters in White Swan Express reflect her pro-family values, she says
JEAN Davies Okimoto’s children’s book, The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption, made headlines last year when the National Library Board (NLB) pulled it off the …

Women in Communication

Strong Women

If you are reading this on 8 March and there is a lady sitting near you, turn and wish her Happy International Women’s Day.

UNESCO has set aside this day every year to celebrate women and their achievements and there is no better day to take a look at women in the field of communication.

And being the good librarian that I am, I have done up some resources concentrating on women and communication.

Below are some books to check out, but if you are more of the visual type, there is also a list of movies to borrow. These lists are by no means exhaustive, I am sure you have your own take on some great books and movies dealing with the feminine mystic. The United Nations also have a list of resources on Gender and Women’s Issues.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Women in Mass Communication
Women and Advertising
Women and Stereotype

The Iron Lady
Pretty Woman
Women without Men
Why women count
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Birds
Breakfast at Tiffany

News You Can Use – March 2015 – Issue 1

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 1 covers 25 Feb to 3 Mar 2015). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Red faces in Blurred Lines plagiarism suit
The Straits Times, 3 March 2015, 1096 words, (English)
Awkward music industry details exposed as pop stars Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. defend themselves
New York – Before a special audience in Los Angeles last week, velvet-voiced pop singer Robin Thicke performed his 2013 hit …

Praised and pilloried – investigative journalist no stranger to controversy
The Straits Times, 3 March 2015, 322 words, (English)
CONTROVERSY is not new to investigative journalist Chai Jing, whose documentary on China’s air pollution has become the latest talking point.

Celebrating the birth of the paperback
The Straits Times, 1 March 2015, 721 words, (English)
New York – Curious strollers in early-16th-century Venice might have paused by the shop of the great printer Aldus Manutius only to be scared off by a warning posted over the door, reading, “State your business briefly, and then immediately …

Manager cleared over sale of ‘un-Islamic’ book
The Straits Times, 27 February 2015, 342 words, (English)
KUALA LUMPUR – A Muslim manager of bookstore chain Borders Malaysia has been given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal by the country’s Syariah High Court on a charge of selling and distributing a book which the authorities said …

US ruling on Net neutrality will have impact worldwide
The Straits Times, 25 February 2015, 879 words, Ang Peng Hwa And Kyu Ho Youm For The Straits Times, (English)
THE recent announcement by Mr Tom Wheeler, chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), that the US government will ensure Net neutrality signals a significant shift in how the Internet will be treated in the …

Millennials still prefer print for pleasure and learning
Business Times Singapore, 25 February 2015, 1247 words, (English)
Studies show the highest print readership rates are among those aged 18 to 29
FRANK Schembari loves books – printed books. He loves how they smell. He loves scribbling in the margins, underlining interesting sentences, folding a …

The New York Times – Anatomy of a Screen

Image taken from 'Anatomy of a Scene' site from The New York Times

Have you watched a really great movie and admired the way the scene or scenes were shot. The colour, balance, framing and lighting, then you may be interested to check out The New York Times – Anatomy of a Screen.

The site allows you to take a close look at selected scenes from various movies. You will be able to hear from the directors themselves on why they chose to film these scenes in that particular manner.

If you need a little inspiration for your next film project, take a look and listen and maybe you might get a creative spark, if not, it is a great site to learn more about your favourite movies

News You Can Use – February 2015 – Issue 4

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 4 covers 18-24 Feb 2015). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

China in an online world of its own
The Straits Times, 24 February 2015, 747 words, Nayan Chanda For The Straits Times, (English)
IS CHINA, the poster child for globalisation, about to shift into reverse gear on international engagement?
A series of recent measures by Beijing to ostensibly protect its cyber sovereignty have raised serious questions about whether the …

A tech whiz kid who shuns the limelight
The Straits Times, 23 February 2015, 1561 words, (English)
This week, Ignatius Low speaks to 18-year-old Neo Soon Keat who started a Web hosting business out of his bedroom when he was 14 and finds that, in the new Singapore, the acquisition of knowledge is not a matter of textbooks and tuition

The Read Interview; Do you know Teo Poh Leng?
The Straits Times, 22 February 2015, 1030 words, Akshita Nanda Arts Correspondent, (English)
Japanese academic seeks pioneering poet who went silent after the fall of Singapore
Twenty years after she left Singapore, a Japanese researcher is looking back to the island for answers about a little- remembered pioneering Malayan poet who …

Bollywood trying to woo China filmgoers
The Straits Times, 22 February 2015, 999 words, Nirmala Ganapathy India Bureau Chief In New Delhi, (English)
Indian movie industry hopes to repeat success of Dhoom 3 and 3 Idiots, which overcame language and cultural barriers
A Bollywood film about an alien who lands on earth and questions some religious practices in India is set for a massive …

UK paper accused of ignoring HSBC tax story for ad revenue
The Straits Times, 21 February 2015, 647 words, (English)
LONDON – The Daily Telegraph’s former chief political commentator, Mr Peter Oborne, has called for an independent inquiry into the British paper’s editorial guidelines over its lack of coverage of the HSBC tax story, which he described as a …

Microsoft launches cybercrime centre here
MyPaper, 18 February 2015, 261 words, LESTER HIO, (English)
A NEW centre will keep track of online threats and help maintain Singapore’s cyber security through intelligence sharing and working with partners.

Fears of censorship with changes to arts entertainment licensing
The Straits Times, 18 February 2015, 906 words, Corrie Tan And Deepika Shetty, (English)
Several newly incorporated and recently autonomous arts institutions are now required to apply for arts entertainment licences from the Media Development Authority (MDA) for their exhibitions and performances.

Make local video-on-demand known to the masses
Digital Life, 18 February 2015, 601 words, Oo Gin Lee, (English)
I tuned in to Toggle for the first time last week. MediaCorp’s video-on-demand and live TV service has been around for some time, but I did not check it out until recently, when the Toggle app could be downloaded on Xbox Live.

News You Can Use – February 2015 – Issue 3

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 3 covers 11-17 Feb 2015). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Banned Iranian director Panahi’s Taxi wins Golden Bear
The Straits Times, 16 February 2015, 704 words, (English)
Berlin – Banned Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s Taxi, which shows a cabby driving an odd assortment of people around Teheran but is really a condemnation of censorship, won the Golden Bear for Best Film last Saturday at the Berlin …

Comedians as ‘agents of thought’
The Straits Times, 16 February 2015, 1513 words, (English)
In the second instalment of a six-part series, Ignatius Low speaks to local comedian Rishi Budhrani about the social role of comedy and whether the limits to political incorrectness would eventually shift in the new Singapore.

Trust but verify: The future of information research in S’pore
Business Times Singapore, 14 February 2015, 906 words, Tim Hunt, (English)
SINGAPORE has managed to build an enviable economic position, despite lacking natural resources, thanks to its greatest assets: knowledge and people. The Singaporean government realises this and has encouraged the knowledge economy by …

Transforming modern TV journalism with satire
The Straits Times, 13 February 2015, 763 words, (English)
Washington – More than comedy, more than news: Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show took the genre of satirical journalism to new heights, becoming an important element in American political discourse.

Old spaces: The new frontier
The Straits Times, 13 February 2015, 1340 words, Nabilah Said, (English)
Old buildings are being revived for alternative uses, such as art shows, concerts and parties
On a Tuesday evening, about 20 people are in the foyer of what used to be the largest cinema in Singapore when it opened in the 1970s.

LKY mania
Business Times Singapore, 13 February 2015, 973 words, Helmi Yusof, (English)
In the last few years, artworks featuring Lee Kuan Yew have turned into a flourishing cottage industry. BT Lifestyle finds out how the likeness of the founding father of modern Singapore is sweeping the art world

Google, mighty now, but not forever
TODAY (Singapore), 13 February 2015, 1269 words, (English)
NEW YORK — Technology giants often meet their end not with a bang but a whimper, a slow, imperceptible descent into irrelevancy that may not immediately be reflected in the anodyne language of corporate earnings reports.

Online debate now more balanced, calm: Study ; But blogs with high political content more anti-government, say IPS researchers
TODAY (Singapore), 12 February 2015, 584 words, Ng Jing Yng, (English)
SINGAPORE — Contrary to perceptions of it being the Wild Wild West when it comes to political commentary and discussion, the online space has become more balanced over the years, with more voices on either side of debates on issues, …

Introducing Bash – biggest space to help grow start-ups
The Straits Times, 12 February 2015, 554 words, Grace Chng, Senior Correspondent, (English)
THE name is memorable – Bash – and so is the aim. Singapore’s largest space dedicated to start-ups was opened yesterday to bring investors and entrepreneurs together to build a strong pipeline of new businesses.

The Write and the Wrong

Is there a guaranteed formula for a blockbuster film? A definite strategy that will ensure the movie produced will in fact bring in the cash?

In an industry where, let’s face it, making money is one of the most important things, it is not surprising that many scriptwriters feel pressured to change their scripts to suit the film studios’ ‘idea’ of a blockbuster. This often results in screenwriter seeing their work butchered and the storyline changed and sometimes even without prior knowledge.

Here is a recent article from The Guardian which looks at the “heavy-handed script editing’ by film bosses. Many scriptwriters see this as an insult to their work and profession, accusing film bosses of bleeding the industry of actual talent.

Suffice to say, independent films don’t suffer as much from this ‘heavy-handedness’ as compared to the films which are produced by larger studios.

But when push comes to shove, what will you do if you were a scriptwriter? Would you sacrifice getting your script made into a film because you do not want to change anything or would you give in? Where will you draw the line?

News You Can Use – February 2015 – Issue 2

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 2 covers 4-10 Feb 2015). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Facebook launches site against cyberbullying ; Bullying prevention site urges action by giving advice to cyberbullies and victims
TODAY (Singapore), 10 February 2015, 395 words, Matthias Tay, (English)
SINGAPORE — In an effort to stand up to cyberbullying, Facebook and the Media Literacy Council (MLC) have launched a bullying prevention website to teach the public what they can do about cyberbullying, using simple step-by-step guides.

Check yourself before you wreck yourself online
TODAY (Singapore), 10 February 2015, 940 words, Stephanie Hung, (English)
Singapore is one of the most wired cities in the Asia-Pacific, coming in fifth after South Korea, New Zealand, Japan and Australia. Its population of 5.47 million is also one of the most connected via social media, boasting the …

Cyber security, more inclusive internet structure key for connected economies: Yaacob
Channel NewsAsia, 22:55, 9 February 2015, 538 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: A multi-stakeholder approach to internet governance and cyber security are two issues that will be key for Singapore and any connected society and economy, said Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim at the …

Bahrain confirms suspension of Saudi-owned news channel
Channel NewsAsia, 22:05, 9 February 2015, 442 words, (English)
MANAMA: Bahrain said on Monday it had suspended the operation of a new satellite news channel owned by a Saudi prince shortly after its launch because it had not done enough to combat “extremism and terrorism”.

The next 50 years of Singapore’s security
Straits Times, 7 February 2015, 1424 words, (English)
Ho Kwon Ping, the first Institute of Policy Studies S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore, delivered his third lecture this week with the focus on security and sustainability. Here is an edited excerpt from his speech.

BY INVITATION; Integration, S’pore style: A mix of laws and social norms
Straits Times, 7 February 2015, 1614 words, Chan Heng Chee, For The Straits Times, (English)
One month after the Paris killings of staff at Charlie Hebdo magazine, the writer traces Singapore’s own journey in integrating minority communities.

Blogger Xiaxue obtains Protection Order against SMRT Ltd (Feedback)
TODAY (Singapore), 7 February 2015, 405 words, Valerie Koh, (English)
SINGAPORE — Prominent blogger Wendy Cheng, better known by her moniker Xiaxue, has obtained a Protection Order against Facebook page SMRT Ltd (Feedback) for repeated harassment against her and her family — in a rare instance where such an …

Twitter, Google to make tweets more searchable
TODAY (Singapore), 6 February 2015, 326 words, (English)
SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter has struck a deal with Google to make its 140-character updates more searchable online.
In the first half of this year, tweets will start to be visible in Google’s search results as soon as they are posted, thanks to …

The rise of public opinion means new rules for dictators
TODAY (Singapore), 6 February 2015, 1347 words, Robert Kaplan & Dafna Rand, (English)
The concept of dictatorship is badly in need of revision. The old model of remote tyrants inflicting arbitrary, often eccentric, edicts on their cowed or indoctrinated subjects, with few constraints on their behaviour and few threats to …

Mockingbird sequel gets published
Straits Times, 5 February 2015, 1023 words, (English)
Go Set A Watchman set 20 years later, but was written before Harper Lee’s famous book
New York – For more than half a century, To Kill A Mockingbird has stood apart as a singular American literary masterpiece, a perennial bestseller that has …

From Print to Screen and Back Again

Movie novelization

How do films and television series maintain their popularity after their time in the spotlight has ended?

One way is to turn to the publishing world. Many series and movies franchise their stories to books or comics —  think James Bond, Star Wars and now Sons of Anarchy. The irony of this is many series and movies started out as printed works in the first place.

For the most part,  this is a marketing tool to make sure the characters stay fresh in the minds of the fans, and at the same time trying to appeal to a whole new group of people. Plus it is also a great way to bring in extra revenue.

A recent article in the New York Times, talks about this very strategy. It is interesting to look at the pros and cons of such a strategy. Vanity Fair, also did a story on this, you can read the article here. Novelization, as it is called, is not a new practice, it has been around for a while, and did you know there is even an ‘International Association of Media Tie in Writers’. The organisation supports these writers and promotes best practices.

There is more than meets the eye to novelization. It does play a part in the big media business cycle, but as technology changes the way people talk about content on the big and small screen, is there still a market for such material and if not, what does the next chapter of the industry look like?

News You Can Use – February 2015 – Issue 1

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 1 covers 28 Jan to 3 Feb 2015). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Too much English on Tamil, Malay TV: MDA report
Straits Times, 3 February 2015, 525 words, Sarah Giam, (English)
Too many English words and phrases are being interspersed with Malay and Tamil on television channels such as Suria and Vasantham.
This is one of the concerns expressed in the Media Development Authority’s (MDA) first combined annual report …

Improving lives, one story at a time
Straits Times, 3 February 2015, 420 words, Olivia Ho, (English)
READING the papers may leave you feeling overwhelmed, with the news often dominated by the many challenges facing the world.
This June, however, a special Saturday supplement will zoom in on the solutions to some of these problems – and you …

MDA hails better PSB programmes
TODAY (Singapore), 3 February 2015, 331 words, (English)
SINGAPORE — A combined annual report issued by four committees under the Media Development Authority (MDA) has commended improvements in the production quality of Public Service Broadcast (PSB) programmes here.

Memory keepers
Straits Times, 1 February 2015, 1900 words, Lydia Vasko, (English)
There are many ways to preserve your holiday memories, from physical scrapbooks to mobile apps
When travellers return from the year-end holiday season, their digital archives will have expanded like their waistlines, and the question soon …

Economist gets first female editor in 172 years
Straits Times, 1 February 2015, 687 words, Paul Zach, (English)
International news media hails choice of business affairs editor as a ‘breakthrough’
When Britain’s respected weekly, The Economist, found out it was losing its editor-in-chief in December, it took the unusual step of e-mailing a list of 13 …

China mulls over rating system for TV shows
MyPaper, 30 January 2015, 447 words, (English)
FOLLOWING the re-editing of controversial historical television series The Empress Of China, China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (Sarft) media watchdog said it is looking into providing a rating system for …

MDA clarifies scope of Remote Gambling Act
TODAY (Singapore), 29 January 2015, 505 words, Kelly Ng, (English)
SINGAPORE — The new Remote Gambling Act will not cover games that do not allow players to receive money or exchange game credits for cash prizes, the Media Development Authority (MDA) clarified yesterday, following discussion with 10 …

Get lost in Facebook’s VR short film
MyPaper, 28 January 2015, 399 words, (English)
FACEBOOK’S Oculus VR is getting into movies, with an in-house studio dedicated to making virtual-reality (VR) films, and premiered its first short piece at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday.

On Location in Singapore


This year Singapore turns 50, and there is a wide range of celebrations going on all over the island to commemorate the past 50 years.

To join in with this nostalgic celebration here is a perfect book, ‘The World Film Locations – Singapore’. The book looks back at some the of the best films made in Singapore, by our local directors, through iconic Singapore landscapes.

Some of these places have changed quite a bit, while others still remain the same. But it gives readers a chance to look at the then and the now and maybe give inspiration to a new generation of film makers as well.

This book is part of the ‘World Film Locations’ series, which looks at different film locations around the world. The other books in the series can be viewed here.

News You Can Use – January 2015 – Issue 4

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 4 covers 21-27  Jan 2015). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Hong Kong media manipulated by officials, says report
Straits Times, 27 January 2015, 434 words, (English)
HONG KONG – A report by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has warned of “intervention behind the scenes” of Hong Kong’s media as fears grow over press freedom and interference from Beijing.

Ikea bookbook ad propels agency to ‘world top 3’ status
Straits Times, 27 January 2015, 439 words, Cheryl Faith Wee, (English)
ITS advertisement for Ikea appeared to spoof that for tech giant Apple’s mega-thin MacBook laptops, featuring the store’s furniture catalogue as an 8mm “bookbook”.

MediaCorp reorganises to sharpen customer focus
TODAY (Singapore), 27 January 2015, 359 words, (English)
SINGAPORE — MediaCorp announced yesterday a major reorganisation, moving away from traditional media lines towards a focus on consumers and their preferences.

Public opinion sinks ‘fishing-boat prison’ idea
Straits Times, 26 January 2015, 1006 words, Tan Hui Yee Thailand Correspondent In Bangkok, (English)
SOMETHING unusual happened in Thailand recently: The government canned its plan to send prisoners to work on fishing boats.
It marked one of the few occasions when a policy mooted by the kingdom’s military rulers – that went as far as it did …

THE LIFE! INTERVIEW WITH CLARA CHEO; Creating cinematic memories
Straits Times, 26 January 2015, 1757 words, John Lui, (English)
Apart from pushing expansion and renewal plans, Golden Village’s first female head, Clara Cheo, works to keep the cinema chain ahead of competitors

Rise of social media brings threat, opportunity to Cambodia’s rulers
TODAY (Singapore), 23 January 2015, 756 words, (English)
PHNOM PENH — The CCTV footage is blurry but graphic. A gunman stands over a cringing victim, firing bullet after bullet into his body until the Phnom Penh street is spattered with blood.