Warc 100 smartest campaigns

In July, Warc has released the 100 smartest campaigns in the world for 2014.

“The Warc 100 is an annual ranking of the world’s 100 best campaigns, based on their performance in effectiveness and strategy competitions.”

It’s a great collection of campaigns that allow any marketing student or professional to gain deeper insights into what makes a creative and effective marketing message.

The number 1 honour this year goes to Vodafone Fakka, a campaign in Egypt. Read the full report on why they were the deserving winner.

About Warc

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Latest Print Titles – Public & Promotional Communication

1 Hegarity on creativity : there are no rules
Hegarty, John, 1944-
Thames & Hudson, 2014.
Call No: BF408.H462
2 Storyscaping : stop creating ads, start creating worlds
Legorburu, Gaston
John Wiley & Sons, 2014.
Call No: HF5823.L516
3 Crisis, issues and reputation management
Griffin, Andrew, 1972-
Kogan Page Limited, 2014.
Call No: HD59.2.G851c
4 Advertising menswear : masculinity and fashion in the British media since 1945
Jobling, Paul
Bloomsbury, 2014.
Call No: HF6161.M38J62a
5 Propaganda & persuasion
Jowett, Garth
SAGE Publications, Inc, 2015.
Call No: HM1231.J87 2015
6 Digital advertising : issues and trends in an online world
Lynwood, Jeremiah
Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2014.
Call No: HF6146.I58D574
7 International advertising law : a practical global guide
Jordan, Paul,
Globe Law and Business, 2014.
Call No: K3844.I61
8 The discourse of online consumer reviews
Vasquez, Camilla
Bloomsbury, c2014.
Call No: HF5415.32.V335
9 The TV crime drama
Turnbull, Sue
Edinburgh University Press, 2014.
Call No: PN1992.8.D48T943
10 #inthemoment : the secrets, pitfalls, myths and tools of real-time content
Himpe, Tom.
Lanoo Campus, 2013.
Call No: HF6146.I58H658

News You Can Use – September 2014 – Issue 1

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in Factiva.com (Issue 1 covers 27 August to 2 September 2014). To read the full-text, search under Factiva.com (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

US stars in Kelvin Tong horror film
Straits Times, 2 September 2014, 548 words, John Lui Film Correspondent, (English)
International production The Faith Of Anna Waters will be shot in Singapore
American actors Elizabeth Rice and Matthew Settle have been confirmed as the leads in a horror movie directed by Kelvin Tong and to be set and filmed in Singapore.

IP system ‘needs backing of cross-border treaties’
Business Times Singapore, 2 September 2014, 1283 words, amit roy choudhury Senior Correspondent, (English)
A streamlined system will handle the boom in patents filed, reports AMIT ROY CHOUDHURY
WITH the economic centre of gravity moving to Asia, more innovation is happening in this part of the world. And as Asian companies and researchers …

New realities in data privacy
Business Times Singapore, 1 September 2014, 957 words, john ho chi, (English)
Companies must move beyond compliance to prevent lapses
THE continuing digital revolution has changed how consumers share information and how organisations communicate, build relationships and gather data for analysis or sale.

Who needs poetry in this age of speed?
Straits Times, 31 August 2014, 698 words, William Logan, (English)
Gainesville, Florida – We live in the age of grace and the age of futility, the age of speed and the age of dullness.
The way we live now is not poetic. We live prose, we breathe prose and we drink, alas, prose.

BooksActually goes into comics ; 3 books set to be launched at STGCC
TODAY (Singapore), 30 August 2014, 191 words, Mayo Martin, (English)
SINGAPORE — BooksActually is not content with putting out only poetry and fiction — it’s now dipping its fingers into comics and graphic novels.
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Thinking hard about S’pore’s choices
Straits Times, 29 August 2014, 3178 words, Vikram Khanna, (English)
A new book that challenges ‘the Singapore consensus’ scores some hits and some misses
ONE of the unfortunate realities of economic discourse in Singapore is that outside the Government, there is relatively little research on practical public …

Social media may not spur diversity of views: Survey
Straits Times, 29 August 2014, 599 words, Jeremy Au Yong U.s. Bureau Chief In Washington, (English)
Some may be even less inclined to disagree with the majority online
THE long-held notion that new media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are the great leveller of political participation online has been debunked, at least according to a …

THE FUTURISTS; Riding the technology wave without fear
Straits Times, 28 August 2014, 1223 words, M Nirmala Senior Writer, (English)
DOES the idea of a robot taking over your job, operating on your kidney or flying the aeroplane you are on make your skin crawl?
Brace yourself for even bigger changes as robots get smarter.

Appointment of party mouthpiece’s editor at journalism school stirs uproar
TODAY (Singapore), 27 August 2014, 627 words, (English)
BEIJING — Mr Lin Zhibo, who first came to widespread public attention when he angered many Chinese with his remarks dismissing the scale of the Great Famine of 1958-61, has once again found himself at the centre of a heated debate.

News You Can Use – August 2014 – Issue 4

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in Factiva.com (Issue 4 covers 20-26 August 2014). To read the full-text, search under Factiva.com (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Post thoughts onscreen while watching movie
Straits Times, 26 August 2014, 627 words, (English)
New York – The triumph of the smartphone- obsessed or the coolest wave of the future?
In the new “bullet screen”, or danmu, model of movie watching recently introduced in select theatres in China, the bullets are not projectiles but text …

Lee Kuan Yew’s memoirs go digital
Channel NewsAsia, 21:33, 25 August 2014, 211 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: More than a decade after they were launched, the memoirs of former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew were finally released as e-books on Monday (Aug 25).

Ad networks know you through your mobile device
Business Times Singapore, 25 August 2014, 884 words, Victoria Ho, (English)
[SINGAPORE] Even if you’re careful not to subscribe to spam or divulge your personal data to social networks, your phone carries a wealth of data about you that advertisers can use.

Censorship in China: A public-private partnership
TODAY (Singapore), 25 August 2014, 715 words, Adam Minter, (English)
While living for more than a decade in China and using its thriving social media, no question came to mind quite as often as this: “Who is the idiot who just censored that online post and what on earth was so dangerous about it?”

Photographer sorry for social media posts
Straits Times, 23 August 2014, 740 words, Benson Ang, (English)
She takes out newspaper ad apologising for posting photos taken during shoot
She shot. She uploaded. Now, she is sorry.
Photographer Alvelyn Koh took out an advertisement in a newspaper to express contrition for posting on social media …

MDA scraps self-classification scheme ; Not meaningful to roll out scheme if intended key beneficiaries did not find it useful: Authority
TODAY (Singapore), 23 August 2014, 865 words, Kelly Ng, (English)
SINGAPORE — The arts community was against the idea of censoring its own performances, while some members of the public felt the Government, and not artists themselves, should be regulating what is appropriate for audiences.

Six in 10 Singapore residents find film, arts regulations ‘balanced’
TODAY (Singapore), 21 August 2014, 417 words, Kelly Ng, (English)
SINGAPORE — Amid increasing interest in how media content is being regulated in Singapore, a recent survey conducted by REACH has found that about six in 10 Singapore residents felt current film and arts content regulations were balanced, …

News You Can Use – August 2014 – Issue 3

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in Factiva.com (Issue 3 covers 13-19 August 2014). To read the full-text, search under Factiva.com (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Outrage over new Roald Dahl book cover
Straits Times, 19 August 2014, 822 words, (English)
Washington – The legions of readers buying physical books may be growing smaller. But when you mess with their classics, they are as loud as they have ever been. That is what Penguin discovered last week, when the publishing house’s British …

Beware the Nostalgia Trap
Straits Times, 17 August 2014, 894 words, Fiona Chan, (English)
When I read earlier this month that Sunny Bookshop would shut its doors on Wednesday, my first reaction was one of panic.
Where would I now unearth cut-price, out-of-print Agatha Christie paperbacks to add to my collection, left deliberately …

Rant and rave: Sonny Liew’s cartoon fix ; When an artist has something to say about something
TODAY (Singapore), 16 August 2014, 626 words, Mayo Martin, (English)
SINGAPORE — As superhero names go, the Green Turtle may not have that action-packed ring to it; but the graphic novel titled The Shadow Hero, featuring the said character, has been flying high on the New York Times bestsellers list for the …

MDA: Fact Sheet – Singapore Brings over 200 Hours of Quality Film, TV Content to China International Film, TV Programs Exhibition
Singapore Government News, 15 August 2014, 768 words, (English)
Aug. 15 — The Media Development Authority of Singapore issued the following news release:
* The Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) will lead eight Singapore media companies to the 12th edition of the China International Film …

One-stop portal for IP protection clicks with patent applicants
Channel NewsAsia, 22:09, 15 August 2014, 360 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: There is now an easier way to get protection for one’s intellectual property in Singapore. Launched in February, IP2SG is a one-stop portal to apply for things such as patents.

SPH’s 2 in-house unions seek merger
Straits Times, 15 August 2014, 388 words, Janice Heng And Amelia Tan, (English)
SINGAPORE Press Holdings’ (SPH) two in-house unions are planning to merge, in the first step towards creating an industry-wide union for the publishing and creative media sector.

Facebook to track how users shop across devices ; The social network aims to show marketers that its mobile ads lead to purchases
TODAY (Singapore), 15 August 2014, 353 words, (English)
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook will let advertisers know where a promotion was first viewed and when it led to a purchase by tracking users as they switch between their electronic devices, a tool that may reignite privacy concerns.

S’pore game firm bought for $125m
Straits Times, 14 August 2014, 457 words, Sherwin Loh, (English)
CANDY Crush Saga developer King, one of the world’s largest video game companies, has acquired Singapore-based Nonstop Games for up to US$100 million (S$125 million).

News You Can Use – August 2014 – Issue 2

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in Factiva.com (Issue 1 covers 6-12 August 2014). To read the full-text, search under Factiva.com (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

10 YEARS AT THE HELM: LEE HSIEN LOONG; A roller coaster decade
Straits Times, 12 August 2014, 2454 words, Chua Mui Hoong Opinion Editor, (English)
Mr Lee Hsien Loong became prime minister 10 years ago today. How has his time in office shaped the lives of Singaporeans?
MR LEE Hsien Loong’s first decade as prime minister can be summed up in one word: Challenging.

NTU wins international award for corporate communications
Channel NewsAsia, 14:23, 11 August 2014, 183 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was recognised for its excellence in communications by non-profit organisation International Public Relations Association (IPRA) for the second year running.

Friends, watch what you say in Secret
Straits Times, 11 August 2014, 458 words, Lee Jian Xuan, (English)
A NEW mobile phone application that allows users to anonymously confess secrets is gaining popularity here, but users have just as quickly discovered an ugly side to it – cyber bullying.

Social media’s role in online buying: creating awareness
Business Times Singapore, 11 August 2014, 799 words, Victoria Ho, (English)
Research: word of mouth drives 80% of purchasing
[SINGAPORE] For online stores, it’s become an eyeballs game where everyone is clamouring for attention in a busy ecommerce landscape in which eMarketer estimates US$304 billion will be spent …

China reins in instant messaging services
Straits Times, 9 August 2014, 618 words, Esther Teo China Correspondent In Beijing, (English)
WeChat user detained for spreading panic
CHINA has tightened the noose around the use of social media by imposing new rules on its hugely popular instant messaging services, including those meant to curb the sharing of unauthorised political …

Pioneers from media, communications and infocomms sectors lauded
Channel NewsAsia, 11:17, 8 August 2014, 479 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: At a Pioneer Generation Tribute on Friday (Aug 8), The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) honoured close to 150 people who previously worked at the ministry, its relevant statutory boards or in the industry.

How copyright has changed pop culture
Straits Times, 7 August 2014, 618 words, Alyssa Rosenberg, (English)
Washington – The long fight over copyright protection for Sherlock Holmes came to an end on Monday. Judge Richard Posner, who earlier this year rejected an argument by Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate that would have extended the copyright on …

Of Robots and Men

*(The video above is owned by Jibo Inc)

Meet Jibo, the world’s first Family Robot. Jibo welcomes you home as you walk through the door, reads your messages, orders take out and reads bedtime stories to your children.

Watching the commercial above, I felt like I was in a scene from Total Recall or I-Robot (we have both movies in the library by the way, just click on the links).

Issac Asimov wrote I-Robot in 1950, and while the book was written over 60 years ago, it seems more relevant today than ever. (read the book for yourselves, click on the link)

Jibo is marketed from a very wholesome point-of-view, as a member of your family. You may be very connected to your phone, but it’s not a member of your family (although I do know of some people who have a stronger relationship with their phones than their own relatives). Gadgets are your partners, friends and companions. They are there to help. Sometimes they even love you back. At least that is what the advert tells me. It’s emotional advertising at its best and it gets to audiences every time.

I feel the love, do you?

I Want Media

Image taken from 'I Want Media' website

Image taken from ‘I Want Media’ website

‘I Want Media’ is a one stop site for your media industry news. They compile news stories from large newspapers and magazines and even have interesting blog sites and book recommendations.

You can find opinion pieces on the media industries, breaking news stories and advertising and public relations news as well. It is not the flashiest site on the Internet but it is clean and easy to use. You can even get news delivered to your email, all you need to do is to sign up for the newsletter.

It is important to keep up-to-date with what’s going on with the media industry. Sites like this are also a source of inspiration for assignment and project topics. But when you read about things in the news, blog sites or opinion columns, always remember there are several sides to a story and you may want to look at what others are saying.

You can couple information from sites like this with resources available from library databases to get a well-researched and well-analysed paper.

Plus, you can always make an appointment with your friendly librarian who is always ready to help.

Audience Watching

*(The video above belongs to CrowdEmotion, please share with discretion)

The TV is watching you. No, this is not a typo (or some creepy horror movie), it is reality. Here comes CrowdEmotion, a company which has created a way to capture real-time facial emotions.

The big news is BBC is using this technology to analyse how audiences react to their TV shows like Sherlock and Top Gear (read the story in The Telegraph here). So now BBC will know I am staring at Sherlock most of the time when I am watching the series on BBC (no point in hiding it now).

This holds countless possibilities for audience analysis and for the marketing of products, programs and people. They will even know when you fall asleep in front of the television. This technology can be adapted to other forms of media as well, like films and maybe even videos.

Who knows, maybe in the future I will be able to turn the channel on my television just by twitching my nose. Wouldn’t that be fun?

News You Can Use – August 2014 – Issue 1

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in Factiva.com (Issue 1 covers 31 July to 5 August 2014). To read the full-text, search under Factiva.com (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

NLB to keep review and buying teams separate
Straits Times, 5 August 2014, 685 words, Pearl Lee, (English)
Move will boost public confidence in the review process, says Yaacob
THE National Library Board (NLB), embroiled in a recent controversy over books with homosexual content, has taken steps to improve the way it reviews its books.

MCI’s Response to PQ on NLB’s Withdrawal of Books from Children’s Section
Singapore Government News, 4 August 2014, 2575 words, (English)
Aug. 4 — The Ministry of Communications and Information, Government of Singapore issued the following news release:
Parliament Sitting on 4 August 2014

Straits Times, 4 August 2014, 2359 words, Yip Wai Yee, (English)
Getai organiser Aaron Tan has brought so many innovations to the scene that there are now copycats
British singer Adele’s hit tune Rolling In The Deep is one of the most covered pop songs in the global music scene. But to hear someone sing …

Small ad agencies make big splash
Straits Times, 3 August 2014, 1208 words, Bryna Singh, (English)
Many creatives from major advertising agencies are striking out on their own and beating the giants for contracts and awards
Multi-award-winning local creative director Goh Wee Kim told himself that he would helm his own advertising agency …

Why I gave up my job at a bank
Straits Times, 3 August 2014, 1180 words, Cheryl Ong, (English)
What my job does for me in terms of personal growth is more important than what it can pay
About two years ago, I quit my well-paying job in a bank to become a journalist.

It’s time for government to censor internet: Mahathir
Channel NewsAsia, 23:12, 1 August 2014, 181 words, (English)
KUALA LUMPUR: The time has come for the government to censor the Internet, said former Malaysian prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
In the latest post in his blog on Friday (Aug 1), he said: “Not knowing the power of the Internet, I had …

Amazon says battle is for lower e-book prices
Straits Times, 31 July 2014, 443 words, (English)
San Francisco – Amazon on Tuesday played to book lovers’ budgets by putting out word that its battle with publishing giant Hachette is about making sure they pay less for digital titles.

Time travel on the tube
Straits Times, 31 July 2014, 2740 words, Yip Wai Yee, (English)
Singapore jumps on the bandwagon with new drama Blessings
Whether it is to undo a wrong or to go into the future to find out what is in store for you or your loved ones, the ability to travel through time is something that has long been a …

WikiLeaks reveals bribery case gag order
Straits Times, 31 July 2014, 581 words, (English)
Founder says public entitled to know scandal involving Asian politicians
SYDNEY – An Australian court last month issued a gag order on a highly sensitive bribery case which names serving and former leaders from Indonesia, Malaysia and …

Haze reporting, budget interactive win at MediaCorp News Awards
TODAY (Singapore), 31 July 2014, 805 words, Tan Shi Wei, (English)
SINGAPORE — The best among MediaCorp’s journalists from its various platforms were feted last night, with four TODAY staff among the winners of the MediaCorp News Awards.

No Advert, No Problem

Your advert here

As I watched my favourite TV show, I saw a particular brand’s logo scattered around in almost every scene. After a while, I started looking up this brand on the Internet and searching for their products. This was something I never used to do.

Then I read this article in the Guardian entitled: ‘As seen on TV: why product placement is bigger than ever’. Product placement is not a new concept but it seems to be working, at least on me.

Being a Communication Librarian, I was intrigued to find out about product placement. I could just google but, like I said, I am a librarian, so I turned to the NTU Libraries website instead (WARNING: Shameless advertising ahead, I did already mention I am a librarian).

So I typed in ‘product placement’ into the ‘OneSearch’ box and clicked ‘Go’ – here are the results. As easy as Google, I can use any relevant material for my paper, with worrying about credibility and, I can literally do this with any search term. And if you have a problem finding the right search terms, there is always a librarian to turn to for help.

Perhaps only in period dramas it is slightly more difficult to have product placements, unless of course, Elizabeth Bennett decides to send Mr Darcy an email instead of a letter.

News You Can Use – July 2014 – Issue 5

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in Factiva.com (Issue 5 covers 25-30 July 2014). To read the full-text, search under Factiva.com (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

No ban on X-Men comic due to ‘balanced treatment of gay marriage’ ; Issue features characters who objected to wedding
TODAY (Singapore), 30 July 2014, 446 words, Alfred Chua, (English)
SINGAPORE — An Archie comic book which featured a gay marriage was removed from local bookstores earlier this year — but another comic with a similar theme — Astonishing X-Men Issue 51 — can still be found on the shelves.

Creativity drives excellence ; Singapore wins 15 Lions at top advertising and communications awards
TODAY (Singapore), 29 July 2014, 500 words, (English)
SINGAPORE — Representatives of Singapore at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2014 did the country proud when they brought home 15 Lions last month.

Singapore Shelf
Straits Times, 27 July 2014, 443 words, Akshita Nanda Arts Correspondent, (English)
Edited by Cyril Wong
Ethos Books/ Paperback/ 260 pages/$17.12/Major bookstores
More Singaporean short stories appearing in literary magazines should have their lifespan extended through anthologies and this …

Poets aplenty
Straits Times, 27 July 2014, 871 words, Akshita Nanda Arts Correspondent, (English)
Established voices Lee Tzu Pheng, Gwee Li Sui and Paul Tan have published new verses
It has been a bumper month for poetry, with six books from two publishers.

Western radio broadcasters tuning out
Straits Times, 27 July 2014, 1578 words, Nirmal Ghosh Indochina Bureau Chief In Bangkok , (English)
They are ceding the short-wave, or political ‘soft power’, space to China instead
For 67-year-old Victor Goonetilleke, sitting with his headphones on in his house in the lush green Sri Lankan countryside, June 30 was the end of an era.

TNP turns 26, with a twist
The New Paper, 26 July 2014, 854 words, COLIN THAM, (English)
To mark the occasion, a stop-motion video of all its staff currently working for the paper was produced
Typical of The New Paper, this is a story of twists, of turning heads, and of the innovation that is the essence of …

Latest Print Titles – Public & Promotional Communication

1 Consumer behavior : buying, having, and being
Solomon, Michael R.
Pearson, 2015.
Call No: HF5415.32.S689 2015
2 Decoding the new consumer mind : how and why we shop and buy
Yarrow, Kit, 1958-
Jossey-Bass, 2014.
Call No: HF5415.32.Y29
3 Pitch perfect : how to say it right the first time, every time
McGowan, Bill
Harper Business, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2014.
Call No: HF5718.22.M146
4 The PR masterclass : how to develop a public relations strategy that works
Singleton, Alex
John Wiley & Sons, 2014.
Call No: HD59.S617
5 It’s not the size of the data–it’s how you use it : smarter marketing with analytics and dashboards
Pauwels, Koen, 1971-
AMACOM American Management Association, 2014.
Call No: HF5415.2.P336
6 Tweening the girl : the crystallization of the tween market
Coulter, Natalie, 1971-
Peter Lang, 2014.
Call No: HC79.C6C855
7 Influence : what it really means and how to make it work for you
Nabben, Jenny
Pearson, 2014.
Call No: BF637.P4N114
8 Asian perspectives on the development of public relations : other voices
Watson, Tom, 1950-
Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Call No: HD59.6.A832
9 Spin sucks : communication and reputation management in the digital age
Dietrich, Gini.
Que, c2014.
Call No: HF5415.123.D566
10 The PR professional’s handbook : powerful, practical communications
Black, Caroline, 1956-
Kogan Page, 2014.
Call No: HD59.B627p

News You Can Use – July 2014 – Issue 4

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in Factiva.com (Issue 4 covers 17-24 July 2014). To read the full-text, search under Factiva.com (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Gaga over radio
Straits Times, 24 July 2014, 1566 words, Eddino Abdul Hadi Music Correspondent, (English)
Despite competition from social media and Internet radio, local stations still pull in listeners
Like many people here, technical trainer Marc Alexander Gurusamy has a smartphone with constant Internet access but he still tunes in to local …

Panel reviewed 50 works in 2 years
Straits Times, 23 July 2014, 472 words, Feng Zengkun, (English)
Most of these controversial publications disallowed
ABOUT 50 publications, including books, magazines and newspaper articles, have been reviewed in the past two years by a panel set up to advise the authorities on controversial works, with …

Big publishers shun Amazon book subscription
Straits Times, 21 July 2014, 386 words, (English)
New York – After months of speculation, Amazon has introduced a digital subscription service that allows subscribers unlimited access to a library of e-books and audiobooks for US$10 (S$12.40) a month.

Last comic shops standing?
The New Paper, 20 July 2014, 872 words, SUE-ANN TAN, (English)
An Archie comic has been taken off shelves for depicting same-sex marriage. Such bans aren’t the only problem for local comic book culture. SUE-ANN TAN (suetan@sph.com.sg) speaks to possibly the last three Western comic book stores …

Android set-top boxes: Copyright or wrong?
Straits Times, 20 July 2014, 664 words, Aw Cheng Wei, (English)
Streaming videos is piracy, say pay TV operators; lawyers unclear on liability
Pay TV operators SingTel and StarHub, along with content owners such as Fox and TVB, are crying foul over the rise of cheap Internet boxes which allow users to …

Spoof it, mock it, but council says ad works
Straits Times, 20 July 2014, 619 words, Priscilla Goy And Cheryl Faith Wee, (English)
NCPG believes World Cup ad on gambling led to more awareness, requests for counselling
The World Cup advertisement by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) may have been spoofed around the world, but the council believes it has …

Archie comic removed due to ‘breach of content guidelines’ ; Book was assessed after receiving a complaint about its depiction of same-sex marriage, says MDA
TODAY (Singapore), 17 July 2014, 651 words, Alfred Chua, (English)
SINGAPORE — An Archie comic book that depicts a gay character marrying his partner was taken off the shelves of bookstores here in March, after a complaint was lodged with the Media Development Authority (MDA).

News You Can Use – July 2014 – Issue 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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