News You Can Use – January 2015 – Issue 3

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 3 covers 14-20 Jan 2015). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Former president S R Nathan shares his concerns in new book
Straits Times, 20 January 2015, 628 words, Walter Sim, (English)
He dwells on rising discontent in society and how new media altered tone of political debate
FORMER president S R Nathan says he is concerned by an atmosphere of rising discontent in Singapore society, in a new book launched yesterday.

Analytics firm to track video viewers across devices ; Initial research shows digital viewership for television networks increased as much…
TODAY (Singapore), 20 January 2015, 451 words, (English)
NEW YORK — People are spending an exploding amount of time watching video on their mobile phones or streaming programmes to their television sets, but so far the industry has struggled to track that behaviour.

THE LIFE! INTERVIEW WITH Yeoh Siew Hoon; Writing to ride the Internet
Straits Times, 19 January 2015, 1846 words, Melissa Kok, (English)
A thirst for travel inspired journalist Yeoh Siew Hoon to start a website for the industry
As a young girl growing up in the tiny state of Penang in the 1960s, Malaysian writer and tourism veteran Yeoh Siew Hoon dreamt of leaving her …

YouTube voters live in a different world
The New Paper, 17 January 2015, 686 words, FOO JIE YING, (English)
Like Mr Lee said, his parents kept going back to World War II and Japanese Occupation while the generation that came after will remember the post-independence struggle. We feed off …

Printer declines to include image
The New Paper, 17 January 2015, 303 words, (English)
The Economist pulls page with Charlie Hebdo cover
The Economist magazine has pulled a page that would have included a picture of French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s latest cover from its latest edition printed in Singapore.

Charlie Hebdo and the hold of absolute values
Straits Times, 17 January 2015, 729 words, Bilahari Kausikan, (English)
THE world rightly condemned the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo. The tragedy has spawned hundreds of commentaries around the world. Is there really a need for yet another one? Most have predictably cast the issue in terms of freedom of …

Balancing freedom and responsibility in the British press
Straits Times, 15 January 2015, 887 words, Roy Greenslade, (English)
WHY did the British press, unlike some newspapers elsewhere in Europe, refuse to republish the caricatures of Prophet Muhammad that led to the slaughter of 12 Charlie Hebdo staff?

PARIS SHOOTINGS; Lessons from France for Singapore
Straits Times, 15 January 2015, 806 words, Sanjay Perera For The Straits Times, (English)
THE brutal deaths of 17 people in Paris, once regarded as the city of dreams and the cultural capital of the world, are having a devastating effect on France.

To publish or not to publish: The ‘Charlie Hebdo’ dilemma in India
Channel NewsAsia, 21:25, 14 January 2015, 417 words, (English)
NEW DELHI: Editors and publishers in India have been in two minds about whether to publish the controversial Charlie Hebdo cartoons as a mark of respect to the murdered cartoonists.

SPH, INKEF invest in social media news curation platform
Business Times Singapore, 14 January 2015, 492 words, Jacquelyn Cheok, (English)
CROWDYNEWS – a Netherlands-based social media curation platform for media companies – has raised 2.5 million euros (S$3.95 million) in Series A funding, in a round led by Dutch venture capital firm INKEF Capital and joined by the …

News You Can Use – January 2015 – Issue 2

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Trade association aims to get sites that promote online piracy blocked
Channel NewsAsia, 11:49, 13 January 2015, 645 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: The blocking of websites which promote online piracy may soon become a reality in Singapore, with at least one entertainment-related trade association planning to take action.

8 QUESTIONS WITH TIM SHAW; From radio gimmicks to science stunts
Straits Times, 12 January 2015, 1056 words, Phoebe Low, (English)
TV host Tim Shaw is turning to his inner geek to create and explain science experiments that everyone understands
British TV host Tim Shaw once angered his wife so much that she sold his luxury sports car on eBay for £0.50.

A shocking truth
Straits Times, 10 January 2015, 323 words, Andrew Heslop, (English)
THEY are alarming statistics. 61 dead. 70 dead. 74 dead. 47 dead. 44 dead. 74 dead.
These figures represent the number of journalists who have died each year from 2009 through 2014. More than 1,100 have been killed in the line of duty since …

Cartoonists – the ‘mad men’ of journalism
Straits Times, 10 January 2015, 705 words, Tom Plate For The Straits Times, (English)
AS THE editor in charge of the opinion pages of newspapers in New York and Los Angeles, what was the hardest part of my job? Dealing with annoying, demanding bosses? Calming down angry readers? Smoothing the enormous egos of neurotic …

Debate begins over newspaper’s provocative style
TODAY (Singapore), 9 January 2015, 453 words, (English)
PARIS — It did not take long for the debate to begin over whether the editor of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo and his staff were somehow to share in the blame for their tragic deaths by deliberately provoking Muslim anger with their satirical …

Arts House director resigns
Straits Times, 8 January 2015, 421 words, Akshita Nanda Arts Correspondent, (English)
William Phuan, who will step down this month, will still be a part of Singapore’s arts scene
After nearly six years with The Arts House, Mr William Phuan, 43, has resigned as its director and will leave at the end of this month.

I want my TV ; Better-quality productions have upped the appeal of television
TODAY (Singapore), 7 January 2015, 1148 words, Hon jingyi Hon Jing Yi, (English)
Here’s a confession: I am a television addict. But boy, is it an exciting time to be one.
I spend hours every day watching not only British and American shows such as Game Of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Sherlock, The Good Wife and Veep, but also …

News You Can Use – January 2015 – Issue 1

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Unbelievable China movies
Straits Times, 5 January 2015, 830 words, Nury Vittachi, (English)
Hong Kong – A few years back, I got a call from a film director based in China who had read one of my detective novels.
“Can you help me write a screenplay for a crime story?” he asked. “The tricky thing is that it’s set in Beijing, so no …

CW Network is now pregnant with promise
Straits Times, 5 January 2015, 858 words, (English)
New York – It is the tale of a 23-year-old named Jane, a virgin, who becomes pregnant after she is artificially inseminated – accidentally.
Outlandish, thought Jennie Urman, a veteran producer, when she heard the story line of a popular …

Unlocking India’s vast literature
Straits Times, 5 January 2015, 1058 words, (English)
Harvard University Press will release dual-language volumes that open up India’s pre-colonial past
New York – When the Loeb Classical Library was founded in 1911, it was hailed as a much-needed effort to make the glories of the Greek and …

OUTLOOK 2015: TECHNOLOGY; Cyberattacks seen getting more sophisticated
Business Times Singapore, 30 December 2014, 1279 words, Amit Roy Choudhury , (English)
Hackers expected to raise their game; cloud computing, Big Data, data analytics and the Internet of Things also poised to grow
THE year-end is when people unwind from the stress of the year and recharge themselves for the year …

Big Trends: The next big Internet thing
The Edge Singapore, 29 December 2014, 1539 words, By Joan Ng, (English)
SingTel, StarHub and M1 could see new opportunity for growth as the Internet of Things gains scale
Imagine being gently awakened by your bedroom lights, which turn on when the sun rises or your alarm rings. As you head off to work, your …

Chiung Yao wins plagiarism case against scriptwriter
Straits Times, 27 December 2014, 395 words, (English)
Beijing – Popular Taiwan romance novelist Chiung Yao has won her plagiarism case against Chinese scriptwriter Yu Zheng, a Beijing court announced on Thursday.

Winners of photo ‘Oscars’ to go on show
Straits Times, 27 December 2014, 332 words, Samantha Goh, (English)
THE annual World Press Photo exhibition will be returning to Singapore next month, bringing together 151 award-winning photographs from different countries. The showcase, which has been hailed as the “Oscars” of photo-journalism, selects …

News You Can Use – December 2014 – Issue 4

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In China, a rapid jump in mobile advertising ; Homegrown social media networks such as Weixin and Sina Weibo at centre of digital push
TODAY (Singapore), 23 December 2014, 644 words, (English)
HONG KONG — China has seen a rapid jump in mobile advertising in recent years and next year, firms are forecast to spend more money on digital advertising than on television campaigns.

The quiet rise of YouTube’s CEO
Straits Times, 22 December 2014, 1335 words, Jonathan Mahler, (English)
Susan Wojcicki not only opened her home to Google founders in the early days but also got them to buy over YouTube
New York – This autumn, YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki appeared on a panel at Vanity Fair’s inaugural technology …

THE LIFE! INTERVIEW WITH Kenny Chan; Superhero success
Straits Times, 22 December 2014, 2020 words, Lisabel Ting, (English)
Kenny Chan raised Books Kinokuniya’s comics and manga section to be one of its top revenue drivers
Mr Kenny Chan, store and merchandising director of Books Kinokuniya, insists that he is not a geek.

2014 IN REVIEW; People & policies
Straits Times, 22 December 2014, 1551 words, (English)
From paradigm shifts in policymaking to protests in Hong Lim Park, there was plenty for politicians, analysts and residents alike to chew on in Singapore’s political scene in 2014. Charissa Yong peers at five Ps of political peaks for the …

Thais turn to social media to talk politics
TODAY (Singapore), 19 December 2014, 787 words, Pavin Chachavalpongpun, (English)
Thailand’s political crisis, exacerbated by the coup in May, has had a huge impact on freedom of speech in the country.
The military government of General Prayuth Chan-ocha is still holding on tightly to martial law as a way to curb …

Oh! K-shows rule
Straits Times, 18 December 2014, 2501 words, Yip Wai Yee, In Seoul, (English)
Singaporeans will have easier access to K-dramas and shows with the launch of new TV channel Oh!K
Finally, K-drama fans in Singapore can get quicker access to popular entertainment programmes from major South Korean broadcaster Munhwa …

New e-book subscription service enters fraught market
Business Times Singapore, 18 December 2014, 478 words, Lisa Fratini, (English)
Bookmate aims to differentiate itself by its platform’s more direct integration with social media
BOOKMATE, a new e-book subscription service, hopes to fire up the self-publishing scene in Singapore with its social media-friendly …

In the Internet, we should not trust
MyPaper, 17 December 2014, 815 words, LEONID BERSHIDSKY, (English)
SONY Pictures wants news outlets to stop publishing stories based on material stolen by hackers, who recently ransacked the company’s computer network to devastating effect. From one perspective, that might be the right thing to do.

VIEWPOINT; SGIFF makes a strong comeback
Straits Times, 17 December 2014, 1010 words, John Lui, (English)
The Singapore International Film Festival, back after a three-year hiatus, closed on Sunday to positive reviews
The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is back. And it is looking good.

News You Can Use – December 2014 – Issue 3

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Authorities, gunman tussle for control of a news story ; Modern extremist groups see media as central to help spread political message, says…
TODAY (Singapore), 16 December 2014, 751 words, (English)
SYDNEY — From the moment a lone gunman took hostages at the Lindt cafe in Sydney’s city centre, he was guaranteed blanket media coverage. The cafe sits opposite the main newsroom for Australia’s most-watched television channel, the Seven …

Why I’m logging off Facebook
Straits Times, 14 December 2014, 802 words, Susan Senator, (English)
Washington – As the summer wound down, I found a letter from my son’s headmaster under some junk on my desk.
He was asking the kids to be sure to read two books over the summer. Oops, I thought. This was one I should have read immediately. …

POWER LIST 2014; Passion and power
Straits Times, 14 December 2014, 8716 words, Corrie Tan, (English)
Stories of standing up for one’s beliefs and chasing one’s dreams ring loud in SundayLife!’s list of movers and shakers this year
Some earned their position through wealth, new properties or takeovers. For others on the Power List 2014, it …

‘Doyenne of S’pore publishers’, 65, dies
Straits Times, 13 December 2014, 541 words, Akshita Nanda Arts Correspondent, (English)
Exec director of ST Press loses battle with cancer
STRAITS Times Press executive director Shirley Hew, a publishing veteran who discovered award-winning local writers Suchen Christine Lim and Colin Cheong, died at home yesterday morning …

Internet tax can hurt the economy
Straits Times, 12 December 2014, 937 words, Robert D. Atkinson And Ben Miller, (English)
WHEN you spark one of the largest protests in Eastern Europe since the fall of communism, you know that you have stirred up the electorate. That is exactly what the Hungarian government did when it recently proposed an “Internet tax” of 50 …

Dim Sum Dollies revue gets advisory
Straits Times, 11 December 2014, 1060 words, Corrie Tan, (English)
For the first time since the show started in 2002, it has been given ‘mature content’ rating
A satirical revue by the popular cabaret trio Dim Sum Dollies, which takes sly digs at Singapore life, has come under the spotlight after it was …

Fund to ride on China media boom
Straits Times, 11 December 2014, 727 words, Boon Chan Media Correspondent, (English)
Singapore-based fund worth $130 million will invest in projects ranging from film to theme parks
A US$100-million (S$130-million) Singapore-based fund for investments in China’s media and entertainment industry was launched yesterday.

News You Can Use – December 2014 – Issue 2

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mm2 Asia is first Singapore film production company to be listed on SGX
Channel NewsAsia, 19:58, 9 December 2014, 127 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: Local movie production company mm2 Asia made its debut on the Catalist board on Tuesday (Dec 9). mm2 Asia is the first Singaporean film producer to be listed on the SGX.

101 on how to stay Popular
Straits Times, 9 December 2014, 1084 words, Lisabel Ting, (English)
The “one-stop shop” concept keeps Popular bookstores in business, says straight-talking boss
Halfway through an hour-long interview with Life!, Popular Holdings chief executive officer Chou Cheng Ngok declares: “I don’t read books.”

Nicole Seah to make her acting debut in SG50 film 1965 ; Former opposition politician joins Joanne Peh, Qi Yuwu and Lim Kay Tong in period…
TODAY (Singapore), 9 December 2014, 656 words, Genevieve Loh, (English)
SINGAPORE — Former opposition politician Nicole Seah, who attracted much attention during the 2011 General Election, is back in the limelight — making her movie debut in the highly-anticipated SG50 film, 1965.

THE LIFE! INTERVIEW WITH Rufino Soliano; Local media’s music man
Straits Times, 8 December 2014, 1794 words, Eddino Abdul Hadi, Music Correspondent, (English)
Composer Rufino Soliano played an important role in the music of shows produced here
He might not be as immediately recognisable as the artists that he makes music for but musician, composer, arranger and conductor Rufino Soliano was a giant …

Singapore becoming the region’s TV hub ; Major American companies setting up shop here and localising their channels
TODAY (Singapore), 8 December 2014, 468 words, (English)
LOS ANGELES — Singapore may be becoming the de facto centre of television co-production in South-east Asia.
That is a reflection of the way many major American entertainment conglomerates have set up in, or moved their regional headquarters …

Censored Pippi hits a nerve
Straits Times, 7 December 2014, 646 words, (English)
Washington – Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren introduced the world to Pippi Longstocking in 1945. Rambunctious, red- pigtailed Pippi is beloved the world over, especially in Sweden – where people are really mad that her original stories have …

30 recall Little India riot in new book
Straits Times, 7 December 2014, 427 words, Jermyn Chow, (English)
80-page title with eyewitness accounts launched ahead of incident’s one-year anniversary
When photographer Zakaria Zainal went to Little India the day after the riot there a year ago, he was trying to make sense of how things had spiralled …

SPH reorganises newspaper divisions
Straits Times, 6 December 2014, 305 words, Janice Heng, (English)
SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH) is reorganising and renaming its two newspaper divisions to include other forms of media, such as existing digital and radio subsidiaries.

Online freedom falls in 36 of 65 countries polled
Business Times Singapore, 6 December 2014, 357 words, (English)
More governments boost monitoring of Internet users and crack down on dissent
INTERNET freedom suffered this year as a growing number of countries stepped up efforts to spy on users and censor online postings, a global survey …

China orders further crackdown on domestic media
TODAY (Singapore), 5 December 2014, 584 words, (English)
BEIJING — China has ordered a further crackdown on its domestic media, telling news organisations to sack illegally recruited employees and close local offices if they have too many of them, state news agency Xinhua reported.

News You Can Use – December 2014 – Issue 1

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Hollywood bows to censors to court Chinese investors ; Movie studios have changed story lines, national identities and removed sex scenes to…
TODAY (Singapore), 3 December 2014, 761 words, (English)
LOS ANGELES — Hollywood film studios are courting Chinese investors to gain access to the world’s most populous nation, brushing aside concern that their new partners will seek to censor the next generation of films and television shows.

Musical, all-Hokkien work among films for Singapore’s 50th year ; 7 Letters is slated to be released next July and will offer unique…
TODAY (Singapore), 3 December 2014, 633 words, Genevieve Loh, (English)
SINGAPORE — A musical, a tale about community and an all-Hokkien short.
These were just some of the film ideas that were shared by seven of Singapore’s award-winning film directors — Royston Tan, Eric Khoo, Jack Neo, Kelvin Tong, Tan Pin …

The rise of audiobooks
Straits Times, 2 December 2014, 719 words, (English)
New York – Print has been good to Jeffery Deaver. During the past 26 years, the lawyer-turned-thriller writer has published 35 novels and sold 40 million copies of them globally.

Google’s puzzling U-turn on China
TODAY (Singapore), 2 December 2014, 746 words, Adam Minter, (English)
Nearly five years after grandly pulling out of China due to hacking and censorship concerns, Google may be looking to return.
Two reports that emerged two weeks ago said the search giant hopes to open a local version of its Google Play …

US to decide if threats via FB are free speech
MyPaper, 1 December 2014, 631 words, (English)
THE United States Supreme Court will consider a ground-breaking case today about whether those who post death threats on Facebook are liable to prosecution or whether threatening comments are protected by constitutional rights to …

special report: the other face of sweden; Going the distance
Straits Times, 30 November 2014, 72 words, (English)
The reports and photographs on these pages are by journalism students (from left) Tan Pei Lin, Hariz Baharudin and Seow Bei Yi of Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.

special report: the other face of sweden; School’s uphill battle to shake off reputation as a poor immigrant outfit
Straits Times, 30 November 2014, 1510 words, Seow Bei Yi, (English)
It is a Monday morning in Tensta, a suburb north-west of Stockholm. All is quiet but for merchants setting up the fruit market, and a stream of students making their way to school.

Facebook can find killers… in theory
MyPaper, 28 November 2014, 1021 words, LEONID BERSHIDSKY, (English)
A REPORT published on Tuesday by the Intelligence and Security Committee of the British Parliament prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to accuse social networks of harbouring terrorists.

China’s bid for Internet influence
Straits Times, 28 November 2014, 1203 words, Rachel Chang, In Beijing, (English)
The country known for its great firewall champions respect for each country’s sovereign control of online space.
THE irony was lost on no one.

Whole new take on S’pore films
Business Times Singapore, 28 November 2014, 1765 words, (English)
Forget crass heartland comedies and gratuitous shots of Marina Bay Sands and the Merlion. Three homegrown directors make you rethink what local films are all about with a showcase of their edgier works next week at the Singapore …

News You Can Use – November 2014 – Issue 4

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The Online Citizen appeals for contributions ; Website will post less content as directors of managing firm focus on securing funding
TODAY (Singapore), 26 November 2014, 615 words, Xue Jianyue, (English)
SINGAPORE — The company managing sociopolitical website The Online Citizen (TOC) has made a public appeal for contributions, describing its funds as extremely low amid dwindling donations and a lack of subscribers.

KL working to censor websites
TODAY (Singapore), 25 November 2014, 398 words, (English)
PUTRAJAYA — Malaysia’s Home Ministry is working with the nation’s Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to set up a firewall on websites, including YouTube, to ensure content that does not adhere to guidelines set by the Film …

Enterprise: Innovation – From claypots to sewing machines and wedding gowns, AdWords helps drive sales
The Edge Singapore, 24 November 2014, 1271 words, (English)
| By Chan Chao Peh |
Claypots stewing over a fire and AdWords, Google’s search-engine-pegged marketing feature that churns out hits in milliseconds, seem to be worlds apart, but for some small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), the ability …

Facebook’s newsfeed plans spell trouble for media
Business Times Singapore, 24 November 2014, 804 words, (English)
Trend of making news personal to continue as younger readers shun print for digital, mobile platforms: analyst
FACEBOOK’s move to fulfil its ambition to be the personal “newspaper” for its billion-plus members is likely to mean …

Twitter hopes its new ad tools targeting SMBs will be a hit
Business Times Singapore, 24 November 2014, 996 words, Amit Roy Choudhury (English)
MICRO-BLOGGING site Twitter is hoping that two advertising tools that it introduced recently will help it reach out to more businesses, particularly small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), in the Asia-Pacific region. The two …

Going the distance
Straits Times, 23 November 2014, 68 words, (English)
The reports and photographs on these pages are by journalism students (from left) Tan Pei Lin, Tan Tam Mei, Toh Ee Ming and Hariz Baharudin of Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.

special report: parenting the swedish way; The Swedish find it strange if dads don’t stay child
Straits Times, 23 November 2014, 1962 words, Tan Tam Mei, (English)
More couples are splitting their 16 months of parental leave more equally
In his spare time, Mr Viktor Wallstrom, 29, grabs his hiking boots, windbreaker and hunting gear and sets off for his cabin in the woods north of Stockholm for a week. …

Cycle to the festival
Straits Times, 21 November 2014, 582 words, Gurveen Kaur, (English)
The Bicycle Film Festival, which also celebrates the vehicle through art and music, will be brought in here next year
With at least 10 film festivals in Singapore annually, the options are endless for film fanatics these days.

YouTube told to remove songs
Straits Times, 20 November 2014, 508 words, (English)
Artist manager wants works by songwriters under his music publishing company out of new subscription service
New York – YouTube unveiled its long-awaited subscription music plan last week, giving the music industry a potentially big new …

Minister slams quality of China’s TV shows, films, publications ; Solutions include govt banning decadent themes and artistes putting…
TODAY (Singapore), 19 November 2014, 348 words, (English)
BEIJING — Many of the television shows, movies and publications produced in China each year are rubbish, and the solution is to banish decadent themes and concentrate on uplifting social values instead, a senior government minister has …

China Web-TV firms spend big on foreign content
TODAY (Singapore), 19 November 2014, 605 words, (English)
BEIJING — China’s big Internet-television companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on foreign TV shows and films in a battle to attract users and advertisers, but risk displeasing regulators who are determined to protect the …

News You Can Use – November 2014 – Issue 3

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Facebook at Work website to take on Google, LinkedIn
TODAY (Singapore), 18 November 2014, 534 words, (English)
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is working on a new website called Facebook at Work to get a foothold in the office, which will see the social network of more than one billion people compete directly with Google, Microsoft and LinkedIn.

Cities act to combat ‘smartphone zombies’
Straits Times, 17 November 2014, 1002 words, Melissa Sim U.s. Correspondent In Washington, (English)
WITH headphones on and mobile phone in hand just like many other American teenagers, Christina Morris-Ward, 15, was walking to school when she was hit by an oncoming car just as she was crossing a street near her Maryland high school.

Teenager was tweeted to fame
Straits Times, 15 November 2014, 959 words, (English)
Target cashier Alex Lee went from nobody to Internet celebrity with 730,000 followers
New York – Two weeks ago, Alex Lee, 16, was your run-of-the-mill teenager.

YouTube turns on subscription music service
Business Times Singapore, 14 November 2014, 654 words, (English)
Music Key designed to let users listen to music without ads, and even without Internet connection
San Francisco
YOUTUBE has introduced a long-rumoured subscription music video service with ad-free access to tunes in a challenge to Spotify, …

More SG50 books in the works
Straits Times, 14 November 2014, 435 words, Charissa Yong, (English)
A series penned by experts politicians and scholars to be published next year
MORE than 200 scholars, politicians and experts are coming together to pen chapters for a series of books to showcase the Singapore story.

Sexy green ad a turn-off?
The New Paper, 13 November 2014, 750 words, LEE JOON LEI, (English)
Singapore Environment Council’s video on air pollution raises eyebrows with its risque content
It is always a good time to think about saving the environment —even when having sex.

The next 50 years of Singapore’s economy
Straits Times, 13 November 2014, 2023 words, (English)
Ho Kwon Ping, the first Institute of Policy Studies S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore, delivered his second lecture last night. He discussed how the city state’s economic strategy, based on the three Ls of location, land and …

Singapore International Film Festival; ‘We’ve never seen a Singapore film like this’
Straits Times, 13 November 2014, 746 words, John Lui Film Correspondent, (English)
Singapore film Unlucky Plaza, which is based on real events, was picked to open festival because it packs a punch
News articles about people falling prey to rental scams inspired the screenplay for the black comedy-thriller Unlucky Plaza, …

Appeal for public screenings of exile film rejected
Straits Times, 13 November 2014, 658 words, Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh, (English)
Panel says documentary may lead some to see violence as justified
THE Films Appeal Committee, an independent panel, has turned down film-maker Tan Pin Pin’s appeal to let her documentary To Singapore, With Love be screened in public in …

Scripts that can touch our hearts

Recently, this video clip from a local Mandarin television drama series went viral.

(English translation available on Youtube’s website)

Perhaps it was taken out of context, but what the young man said had surely touched the hearts of many people in Singapore.

Good dialogue, or good scripts, have the power to touch our hearts and move us into action – a like, or a share on social media, or something even more profound.

Many media industry observers have often complained about the lack of scriptwriting talent in Singapore. Once in a while, we also hear laments from general viewers about the quality of local productions.

Are you keen to learn more about scriptwriting?

There is a Masterclass on Screenwriting offered by the Singapore Media Academy (SMA) happening during the upcoming vacation period. SMA has many other programmes that are aimed at developing the media industry in Singapore. Do check them out.

News You Can Use – November 2014 – Issue 2

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Obama calls for equal access to the Internet TODAY (Singapore), 12 November 2014, 363 words, (English) NEW YORK — United States President Barack Obama’s proposal for an open Internet would be a victory for Netflix and its binge-watching users, and may be a bigger boon for a generation of start-ups working on tools to connect cars, …

Wanted: Proposals to encourage positive use of Internet, mobile tech among youths Channel NewsAsia, 11:40, 11 November 2014, 199 words, (English) SINGAPORE: Organisations are encouraged to send in their proposals on how to encourage and support the positive use of Internet and mobile technologies among the country’s youths, after the Inter-Ministry Cyber Wellness Steering Committee …

Writers Fest ends on a high Straits Times, 11 November 2014, 2060 words, Corrie Tan, (English) Many programmes were sold out and rooms were packed to the rafters Poet and outgoing director of the Singapore Writers Festival, Paul Tan, ended his four-year tenure on a high after the festival’s light-hearted closing debate on Sunday.

The Online Citizen registers with MDA, but slams foreign funding rule Straits Times, 11 November 2014, 434 words, Tham Yuen-C, (English) THE company that manages socio-political website The Online Citizen (TOC) yesterday registered with the Media Development Authority (MDA) under a class licence.

Ex-dealer apologises over illegal set-top boxes Straits Times, 10 November 2014, 275 words, (English) A FORMER dealer in illegal television set-top boxes has apologised for taking part in the illegal trade after being caught. Daniel Chen Wenqiang made his public apology in an advertisement in The Straits Times today.

Roy Ngerng found to have defamed PM Lee TODAY (Singapore), 8 November 2014, 634 words, Neo Chai Chin Neo Chai Chin, (English) SINGAPORE — Blogger Roy Ngerng Yi Ling (picture) was yesterday found by the High Court to have defamed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a post six months ago alleging misappropriation of money paid by Singaporeans to the Central Provident …

Readers stick with My Paper despite overall drop: Nielsen MyPaper, 7 November 2014, 257 words, TANJEETPAL SINGH, (English) BILINGUAL freesheet My Paper has maintained its readership – for its print and online editions – at 7 per cent, according to a new report released yesterday.

Still attracting the young The New Paper, 7 November 2014, 774 words, ARUL JOHN, (English) Nielsen media index report shows that the median age of The New Paper’s readers remains the lowest For the last 10 years or so, Mr Oliver Stewart has been faithfully reading The New Paper.

Mobile newspaper readership growing, but print remains staple read: Nielsen Business Times Singapore, 7 November 2014, 411 words, Mindy Tan , Mobile newspaper readership growing, but print remains staple read: Nielsen, (English) Some 16% of adults read digital newspapers on the go, with those aged 30-44 being the most avid Singapore MOBILE newspaper readership in Singapore is growing, with 16 per cent of the adult population reading digital newspapers on a mobile …

ST remains most-read newspaper in S’pore Straits Times, 7 November 2014, 413 words, Irene Tham Technology Correspondent, (English) THE Straits Times (ST) remains the most-read daily newspaper in Singapore, with its online and mobile editions clocking the highest growth in readership among all dailies this year.

Can TV save indie cinema? ; Indie film producers look to the small screen for help TODAY (Singapore), 7 November 2014, 570 words, (English) LOS ANGELES — As independent film producers gather at the American Film Market (AFM), one of the biggest things on their minds isn’t officially happening in the market: Producing, financing and selling television series.

‘Google tax’ in Spain looks doomed to fail MyPaper, 6 November 2014, 708 words, LEONID BERSHIDSKY, (English) PERHAPS the most intriguing question about the “Google tax” introduced in Spain is whether there is a workable way to limit or tax the spread of information on the Internet. I suspect there isn’t, and the Spaniards are about to find that …

TV viewership remains high, more reading news on mobile devices: Nielsen Channel NewsAsia, 22:25, 6 November 2014, 458 words, (English) SINGAPORE: TV viewership in Singapore remains consistently high, despite shifts in media consumption today. The 2014 Nielsen Media Index report showed that people continue to watch TV for five days a week on average, while more people are …

Tech firms under pressure to ease access to information ; With terrorists heavy users of social media, law enforcement, intelligence… TODAY (Singapore), 6 November 2014, 374 words, (English) LONDON — United States technology companies are facing escalating pressure to allow the police and spies to tap smartphone data and emails in the name of fighting terrorism. So far, Silicon Valley has shown no sign that it plans to give in.

Retailers should use ‘common sense, social responsibility’ when choosing music: Sim Ann Channel NewsAsia, 17:00, 5 November 2014, 316 words, (English) SINGAPORE: It is not practical for the Media Development Authority (MDA) to extend its regulatory ambit to all public places that play songs as background music, said Minister of State for Communications and Information Sim Ann in …

Film festival to offer training workshops Straits Times, 5 November 2014, 633 words, John Lui Film Correspondent, (English) Singapore film festival will launch programmes for film-makers and film journalists and critics The reborn Singapore International Film Festival is not just coming back from its two-year hiatus with entertainment for film fans.

Safety and a Show

It’s the end of the year and many are making plans to travel. We travel so much nowadays; getting on a plane, to many of us, is no more a unique experience. We get on and off planes like we get on and off buses or trains.

And admit it, you don’t pay attention to the safety video anymore, do you?

So to get you to look and listen to these videos, airlines (for a while now) have been trying to jazz up their on-board safety videos. The most famous of course are the Air New Zealand ones with the Hobbits, Dwarfs and anything else from Lord of the Rings.

But these videos also serve as a great promotional and advertising tool. People blog about them, Facebook their comments after watching and even rate them, like this blog site. Also unlike a commercial on television you cannot just turn the television off or flip to a new channel. These videos are fun and well-made so you get the best of both worlds.

There is not much research into the ‘safety video’ as a promotional or advertising tool, but it could make for an interesting paper (hint hint if you need ideas for an upcoming assignment).

So pay attention next time to these videos, you could learn a thing or two, and not just where the exits are.


In Real Life Jacket

It is one of those terms which did not exist until the last decade or so, and when people in the pass used the word, they were talking about an actual fish. According to the Oxford dictionary ‘Catfish’ means, ‘(to) lure (someone) into a relationship by adopting a fictional online persona’.

I am sure you are familiar with the word, what I don’t hope is the reason you are familiar with this word is because it has happened to you.

‘Catfishing’ has unfortunately become such a common occurrence, MTV has created a show around this topic and its host was someone who was a ‘catfish’ victim himself. A colleague reminded me back in the day, you could pull the same deception through a pen pal. The interaction was much slower but it could still be done.

Now the host, Nev Schulman, of that show has written a book on the same topic entitled, ‘In Real Life: Love. Lies & Identity in the Digital Age’. The best part is you can now borrow this book from the Communication and Information Library.

I have seen a few episodes of the television series and, while I am not a fan of reality shows, I think this one is very poignant to how we live our lives today.

The book, like the series, is based very much on the real life experiences of the people who have been ‘catfished’ and since Nev, himself was a victim, he writes the books with a personal insight. It is not the most ‘academic’ book you will read, Nev is not an expert in human communication or an academic from an institution or university, many of the insights are his own conclusions from what he has experienced through the show. But many of the insights will make you think about your online activities. The book also has tips on how to have an online relationship, how to conduct yourself online and advice on how not to get yourself ‘catfished’.

Nev writes in the introduction of the book, “the rise of catfishing has opened up the far bigger question of how we are living and loving in an era of social media”

It not just about scamming your material goods like cash or property anymore, it is now scamming for your very emmotion.

As the academic year starts to wind-down, you may be looking to pick up a ‘good book’ just to read over the holidays, this is an interesting choice.

The library has other book on social media and digital culture. I won’t list the books for you, I will let you have a hand in looking up these books on your own.

But as usual, if you need advice, feel free to ask-a-librarian, Here’s wishing you safe surfing.

News You Can Use – November 2014 – Issue 1

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 1 covers 29 October to 4 November 2014). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

THE LIFE! INTERVIEW WITH SIM CHI YIN; A voice for the voiceless
Straits Times, 3 November 2014, 2122 words, Huang Lijie Arts Correspondent, (English)
Freelance photographer Sim Chi Yin dices with danger to document uncommon lives
A visit to the hospital topped her to-do list when documentary photographer Sim Chi Yin arrived home from Indonesia last month. She needed to have her left eye …

MOM hiring external PR experts to convey policies
Straits Times, 3 November 2014, 497 words, Toh Yong Chuan Manpower Correspondent, (English)
Hiring of outside help might be its first for ‘strategic communication services’
IN AN unusual move, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is turning to public relations (PR) experts to help it communicate manpower policies in a strategic way.

Myanmar reporter’s death ‘a mystery’
Straits Times, 2 November 2014, 767 words, Nirmal Ghosh Indochina Bureau Chief In bangkok, (English)
Military’s claim that journalist was working for rebels has been refuted by his family
The last time slain Myanmar journalist Aung Kyaw Naing’s three children, whom he had taken care of for years while their mother was in jail, had seen him …

Stationery makes stylish comeback
Straits Times, 1 November 2014, 1857 words, Natasha Ann Zachariah, (English)
Notebooks can be custom-made on the spot and writing tools get more fancy
With the widespread usage of mobile phones and tablets these days, stationery items such as notebooks and planners may have fallen out of favour in the past few years.

PHOTOGRAPHY; Where we are going
Business Times Singapore, 31 October 2014, 679 words, Helmi Yusof , Where we are going, (English)
Photographers from 21 countries share their global and intimate concerns.
THE first image you see at this photo exhibition is that of two rhinoceroses resting side by side in a hot and arid landscape. The image looks perfectly ordinary – …

CINEMA; Plenty of firsts for rebooted film fest
Business Times Singapore, 31 October 2014, 995 words, Dylan Tan , Plenty of firsts for rebooted film fest, (English)
The new team behind the 25th Singapore International Film Festival pays it forward by focusing on first-timers and putting its biggest spotlight ever on local works.

China to host first global Internet meet
Straits Times, 31 October 2014, 553 words, Rachel Chang In Beijing, (English)
Beijing’s view of cyber sovereignty to feature heavily as key players gather
WELL-KNOWN names and figures in the Internet world will gather next month in a historic town for the inaugural World Internet Conference, through which China hopes …

Booktique app will read magazines to users
Straits Times, 30 October 2014, 615 words, Akshita Nanda Arts Correspondent, (English)
Now, hear this: StarHub’s revamped mobile Booktique Magazines app will, from next month, allow readers to listen to content in English, Malay and Chinese.

CEA Launches Free E-Learning Web Application on Ethical Advertising
Singapore Government News, 29 October 2014, 519 words, (English)
Oct. 29 — Council for Estate Agencies, Government of Singapore issued the following news release:
The Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) has introduced an e-learning web application on CEA’s Practice Guidelines on Ethical Advertising, as …

News You Can Use – October 2014 – Issue 4

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 4 covers 22-28 October 2014). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Culture Vulture; Crowdsourcing, a novel way to write
Straits Times, 28 October 2014, 963 words, Clara Chow, (English)
Online platforms with reader inputs offer new ways for authors to get their books out
I recently read an article in The Financial Times in which a columnist lamented how the half-year royalties of his book amounted to only £257.20 (S$528), …

A new chapter for Kinokuniya
Straits Times, 28 October 2014, 1020 words, Corrie Tan, (English)
The bookstore has moved to a smaller space on the fourth floor of Takashimaya Shopping Centre but the wide range of English-language books remains

WRITERS WHO DARE; Paul Theroux: Travel is a desire to flee and to pursue
Straits Times, 28 October 2014, 828 words, (English)
The annual Singapore Writers Festival this year brings in four writers who venture where others fear to tread. AKSHITA NANDA and CORRIE TAN interview versatile writer Karen Joy Fowler, lifelong traveller Paul Theroux, award-winning …

Battle for content keeps Facebook hot on publishers’ heels
Business Times Singapore, 28 October 2014, 408 words, , Battle for content keeps Facebook hot on publishers’ heels, (English)
New York
FOR publishers, Facebook is a bit like that big dog galloping in the park. More often than not, it’s hard to tell whether he wants to play with you or eat you.

ST Classified app makes ad searches easier
Straits Times, 28 October 2014, 293 words, (English)
READERS can now search for items or services on The Straits Times (ST) Classified on their phones.
The ST Classified app, which was relaunched yesterday, now allows readers to search for items or services quickly and easily on its e- paper …

EYE ON THE WORLD; Drones posing global security issues
Straits Times, 27 October 2014, 1423 words, Jonathan Eyal, Europe Correspondent In London, (English)
UNMANNED aerial vehicles (UAV), or drones as they are often called, have had a good press recently: from humanitarian rescues to the promotion of free trade, these remote-controlled, pilotless robots are the heroes of the moment.

Sorting out digital snapshots
Straits Times, 26 October 2014, 1525 words, Venessa Lee, (English)
Hard disks, social networks and photo-organising sites are popular places to store family photos
Point and click has a lot going for it.
However, as people take masses of photos and videos on easy-to-use smartphones and tech devices, perhaps …

PR veteran fulfils dream of teaching at 60
Straits Times, 25 October 2014, 256 words, (English)
AT THE age of 60, many people would be winding down after decades of working. Not so for public relations veteran Rose Tan, who is embarking on her third career – teaching.

Library with the look
The New Paper, 24 October 2014, 515 words, LEE JOON LEI, (English)
library@orchard returns with new venue at orchardgateway
With its slick bamboo flooring and wall of big screens, you might feel as if you have stepped into an art gallery or a high-end bookstore instead of a public library.