Choice Picks for Media Folks – April Issue 1

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 1 covers 1-7 Mar 16.

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WhatsApp introduces end-to-end encryption: A look at some of the most popular chat apps in Singapore
The Straits Times, 6 April 2016, 1017 words, Lee Min Kok, (English)
The world’s most popular messaging app has introduced end-to-end encryption on messages – which make them accessible only to the sender and recipient – amid the ongoing debate over privacy of communication in the digital space.

A Troy story ; How Troy Chin went from hating art to coming up with seven comic books
TODAY (Singapore), 6 April 2016, 637 words, Mysara Aljaru, (English)
If you asked Troy Chin how he had jumped from a career in finance to making comics, he would say it is unexplainable.
You could say the Singaporean comic book artist is not your typical artist. Unlike most comic artists who started drawing

With Alibaba’s Jack Ma at the helm, South China Morning Post removes pay wall
The Straits Times, 5 April 2016, 379 words, Lee Seok Hwai, (English)
South China Morning Post announced on Tuesday (April 5) it is giving free access to its online and mobile editions with immediate effect as Chinese Internet giant Alibaba takes ownership of the popular Hong Kong English-language newspaper.

Online values, Ai and AI
The Straits Times, 5 April 2016, 1121 words, Lim Sun Sun, (English)
Two seemingly unrelated events that dominated headlines in different parts of the world in the past fortnight vividly illustrate the powers and burdens of technology designers.

Dr Lee made serious allegation about my conduct as a journalist: Janadas Devan
TODAY (Singapore), 5 April 2016, 698 words, Valerie Koh, (English)
SINGAPORE — The trigger for an online exchange between Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Janadas Devan was a “serious allegation” she made about his conduct while he was an editor with The Straits Times (ST), Mr Devan said yesterday.

Undergrads laud pro bono mentorship programme with top professionals
TODAY (Singapore), 4 April 2016, 727 words, Kenneth Cheng, (English)
SINGAPORE — Weighed down by doubts about whether majoring in business analytics was the right choice, undergraduate Derrick Ong poured out his concerns in a phone call that lasted over an hour. On the other end of the line was Mr Lam Pin

Will WhatsApp swing Bukit Batok?
The Straits Times, 2 April 2016, 1157 words, Tan Tarn How, Tng Ying Hui and Andrew Yeo For The Straits Times, (English)
As the Bukit Batok by-election looms, one question that arises will be the impact of social media in the contest between the candidates – the People’s Action Party’s Murali Pillai and the Singapore Democratic Party’s chief Chee Soon Juan.

Game of drones ; Once a hobbyist’s gizmo, the drone has become an essential tool for photographers and videographers
TODAY (Singapore), 2 April 2016, 1723 words, Joy Fang, (English)
These lean mean machines hover and whizz about on their fast-spinning propellers, creating a whirr that is music to its pilots’ ears. These are drones, or if you want to get technical – quadcopters, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or

Choice Picks for Media Folks – March Issue 5

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 5 covers 24-31 Mar 16.

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Newspaper editor quits over media control in China
TODAY (Singapore), 30 March 2016, 832 words, (English)
HONG KONG — An editor at a prominent Chinese newspaper said he was stepping down from his job because he could no longer withstand the pressures of strict control of the country’s media, according to a resignation note posted online.

Al-Jazeera media network to slash 500 jobs
MyPaper, 29 March 2016, 329 words, (English)
QATAR’S state-funded broadcaster Al-Jazeera on Sunday announced a fresh round of job cuts, with around 500 positions being lost, most of them at the Doha headquarters.

Obama says journalists partly to blame for tone of presidential race
Channel NewsAsia, 22:20, 28 March 2016, 393 words, (English)
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Monday laid some of the blame for the tone of the presidential campaign on political journalism that has been pinched by shrinking newsroom budgets and cheapened by a focus on retweets and likes on …

Thinking Aloud; Spotlight on journalism and finding purpose in work
The Straits Times, 27 March 2016, 1261 words, Lydia Lim, (English)
In a culture of consumption, the idea of service to something greater than oneself could go out the window
As we stepped out of the cinema, a colleague exclaimed: “I want to go back to reporting.”

Off The Page; Creating online buzz to market new books
The Straits Times, 27 March 2016, 1012 words, Akshita Nanda, (English)
Social media is as important as traditional forms of publicity when it comes to promoting new publications
Marketing a book means, rather obviously, getting people to read it. Novels are sold by word-of-mouth and good reviews, but social

Global: French media sites unite in ad-blocker fight
The PANPA Bulletin, 24 March 2016, 723 words, The Newspaper Works, (English)
French media sites are taking a collective stand against ad blockers with a new campaign designed to educate consumers about the impact of the software and get them to de-activate their blockers.

More complaints about offensive ads
The New Paper, 24 March 2016, 347 words, (English)
Complaints about online and derogatory advertisements rose sharply last year, according to the Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore (Asas).

France fines Google over ‘right to be forgotten’
Channel NewsAsia, 12:40, 24 March 2016, 485 words, (English)
BRUSSELS: The French data protection authority said it has fined Google 100,000 euros (US$111,720) for not scrubbing web search results widely enough in response to a European privacy ruling.

Hong Kong press freedom seen to have deteriorated last year – survey
Channel NewsAsia, 01:15, 24 March 2016, 354 words, (English)
HONG KONG: Hong Kong residents and journalists believe the state of press freedom deteriorated in the city for a second straight year in 2015, a survey by a media group showed, apparently a reflection of general unease in the city about …


Choice Picks for Media Folks – March Issue 4

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 4 covers 18-23 Mar 16.

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Complaints about online and derogatory advertisements on the rise in Singapore
The Straits Times, 23 March 2016, 441 words, Melissa Lin, (English)
SINGAPORE – Consumers raised more concerns about online and derogatory advertisements last year, even as the total volume of feedback on advertisements fell.

Malaysia moves closer to compulsory blog registration
TODAY (Singapore), 23 March 2016, 407 words, (English)
KUALA LUMPUR — The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Ministry has sent proposed legal amendments that will force news portals and blogs to register with the government to the Attorney-General’s (AG) Chambers.

His mission? Promote local content
The New Paper, 19 March 2016, 649 words, TAN TAM MEI, (English)
Former TNP journalist with 20 years’ experience in media industry appointed as Nominated Member of Parliament

Low reading rate: Lack of interest, time cited as factors
The Straits Times, 19 March 2016, 741 words, Janice Heng,Yuen Sin, (English)
Large proportion of people prefer online pursuits to reading books: NAC survey
A lack of time and a lack of interest are the most common reasons for not reading, according to a National Arts Council (NAC) survey.

Inside the rise of publishers’ content marketing studios
The PANPA Bulletin, 18 March 2016, 1329 words, Lachlan Bennett, (English)
In January, when most workers were enjoying the end of their summer holidays, NZME’s Fiona McLeod was finalising a crucial strategy that would define the future success of the commercial content division she leads: the launch to market.

The press has become too free for Malaysia’s govt
TODAY (Singapore), 18 March 2016, 888 words, Jahabar Sadiq, (English)
The news portal The Malaysian Insider went offline on the first minute of March 15, 2016 — the Ides of March. With that, 59 staffers, including me, lost our jobs. And Malaysia lost another source of independent news.


Choice Picks for Media Folks – March Issue 3

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 3 covers 9-17 Mar 16.

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Getting under the hood of LinkedIn
Business Times Singapore, 17 March 2016, 2404 words, Vikram Khanna , (English)
What sets it apart from many others in the recruitment business, the platform says, is that it brings to life “passive talent”.
SINGAPORE has been described as a “Facebook Nation”, with some 3.8 million users out of a population of about 5.5

MDA Finalises Proposals to Enhance Consumer Protection in Pay-TV Sector
Singapore Government News, 16 March 2016, 807 words, (English)
March 16 — Background
* The Media Development Authority (MDA) has finalised its recommendations to enhance pay-TV consumer protection measures under the Media Market Conduct Code.

In Myanmar, a nickname beguiles
TODAY (Singapore), 16 March 2016, 1014 words, Graham Stewart, (English)
In the sport of name-calling, intended insults can backfire. Dubbing the Emperor Napoleon the “Little Corporal” may have sought to put a physically unimposing Corsican in his place. Instead, it drew attention to the talent of a military …

Apple fight could escalate with demand for ‘source code’
Channel NewsAsia, 23:10, 14 March 2016, 870 words, (English)
SAN FRANCISCO: The latest filing in the legal war between the planet’s most powerful government and its most valuable company gave one indication of how the high-stakes confrontation could escalate even further.

Malaysia’s news sites shrink as funds dry up
The Straits Times, 15 March 2016, 390 words, Trinna Leong Malaysia Correspondent In Kuala Lumpur, (English)
Three years ago, Malaysia’s news industry was expanding fast with the sprouting of online news sites, the entry of new players in Web broadcasting and the birth of a new business weekly.

Malaysian Insider shuts down after 8 years
The Straits Times, 15 March 2016, 665 words, Shannon Teoh Malaysia Bureau Chief In Kuala Lumpur, (English)
News site’s closure highlights decline of The Edge media empire after slew of controversial exposes on 1MDB
The Malaysian Insider (TMI) was updated for the final time last night, before powering down at midnight after an eight-year run that

Cigarette displays to be banned from next year
The Straits Times, 15 March 2016, 496 words, Linette Lai, (English)
Aim is to prevent impulse buys, especially among youth; rules on online ads will also be tightened
Shop owners will not be allowed to keep tobacco products in plain sight from next year, after Parliament approved changes to the law

Skype co-founder launches ultra-private messaging, with video
TODAY (Singapore), 14 March 2016, 450 words, (English)
FRANKFURT — A group of former Skype technologists, backed by the co-founder of the messaging platform, has introduced a new version of its own messaging service that promises end-to-end encryption for all conversations, including by video.

Big on books ; Book retailer Times opens its biggest outlet at a time when others are scaling back
TODAY (Singapore), 11 March 2016, 555 words, Anusha Krishnamoorthy, (English)
SINGAPORE — In the face of economic slowdown and competition from the digital trend of e-books, the idea of a bricks-and-mortar bookstore going big might seem unusual.

Design 2025: A plan to infuse design into Singaporeans’ everyday life
Channel NewsAsia, 10:59, 10 March 2016, 782 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: A plan to get every Singaporean to think about design in their everyday lives was unveiled on Thursday (Mar 10) at an event celebrating the opening of the 2016 Singapore Design Week at the National Design Centre (NDC).

USPA can go ahead with trademark here
The Straits Times, 10 March 2016, 516 words, Jalelah Abu Baker, (English)
Eyewear buyers will not confuse sports body’s logo with Polo Ralph Lauren’s: High Court
The United States Polo Association (USPA) can go ahead and register a black-and-white trademark featuring two polo players and the letters USPA on

The demographics of stagnation: Why having more people matters for growth
TODAY (Singapore), 10 March 2016, 3235 words, RUCHIR SHARMA, (English)
In every single region of the world, economic growth has failed to return to the rate it averaged before the Great Recession.
Economists have come up with a variety of theories for why this recovery has been the weakest in postwar history, …

Filling the information vacuum responsibly
The Straits Times, 9 March 2016, 1210 words, Carol Soon, (English)
In Parliament last week, Minister for Law and Home Affairs K. Shanmugam called for a “clear, proper framework” to deal with incidents which would prompt legitimate questions from the public. The minister was explaining that the Home Affairs


Choice Picks for Media Folks – March Issue 2

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 2 covers 3-8 Mar 16.

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SPH, StarHub to collaborate on content, data analytics, advertising
Business Times Singapore, 8 March 2016, 462 words, Jacquelyn Cheok, (English)
MEDIA and telecommunications titans SPH (Singapore Press Holdings) and StarHub have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate and innovate in areas of content creation, data analytics, marketing and advertising

Former TRS editor expected to plead guilty to sedition; husband to claim trial
TODAY (Singapore), 8 March 2016, 636 words, Kelly Ng, (English)
SINGAPORE — One of the two editors behind the now-defunct sociopolitical website The Real Singapore (TRS) has indicated that she will plead guilty to all her eight charges, which include seven charges under the Sedition Act.

Epigram Books in the running for Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year
The Straits Times, 7 March 2016, 595 words, Nabilah Said, (English)
The Singapore publisher is one of the five Asian nominees in the running for the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher of the Year
Singapore publisher Epigram Books is in the running for the first time for the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher

NTUC, govt agencies tap star power of social-media influencers ; Lifestyle and travel bloggers, Instagram ‘stars’ roped in to spread messages
TODAY (Singapore), 7 March 2016, 823 words, Laura Elizabeth Philomin, (English)
SINGAPORE — In December, fashion blogger Nellie Lim was engaged by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to generate some buzz for the opening of Downtown Line 2 (DTL2) with a glamorous photoshoot, with her Instagram posts tagged with …

Growing the SPH portfolio amid waves of disruption
The Straits Times, 5 March 2016, 1050 words, Patrick Daniel, (English)
Each year, the English/Malay/Tamil Media Group of Singapore Press Holdings holds an awards event to celebrate journalistic excellence. It kicks off with a speech by the division’s editor-in-chief Patrick Daniel, who spoke this year about

MDA Directs TOC to Return Advertising Revenue
Singapore Government News, 4 March 2016, 241 words, (English)
March 4 — The Media Development Authority of Singapore (“MDA”) today directed The Opinion Collaborative Ltd (“TOC Ltd”) to return $5,000 in advertising revenue to a non-commercial foreign advertiser.

Fashion goes mobile ; The race is on for beauty and fashion brands to engage their consumers at their smartphones
TODAY (Singapore), 4 March 2016, 1046 words, Marianne Wee-Slater, (English)
Marianne Wee-Slater
Singapore — It’s not as if we need more reasons to stay glued to our smartphones, but an increasing number of fashion and beauty brands are creating mobile-phone apps aimed at increasing interaction with their …

The evolution and renewal of Singapore’s literary scene
Channel NewsAsia, 11:05, 3 March 2016, 927 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: The history of writing and publishing in the Republic has followed the ebb and flow of different languages.
Professor Philip Holden from the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore, …

Benjamin Lim case: TOC denies deliberately misleading the public
The Straits Times, 3 March 2016, 1213 words, Seow Bei Yi,Walter Sim, (English)
Blog cites ‘dearth of information available’, says ‘inaccuracies not the same as falsehoods’
A day after Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam charged that it had engaged in a “planned, orchestrated campaign using falsehoods” to blemish

Students learn about news and how to get it
The Straits Times, 3 March 2016, 624 words, Pang Xue Qiang, (English)
NTU team runs workshops to get disadvantaged kids interested in current affairs, hone their Internet literacy
Secondary school student Yeat Xin Yi thought robots replacing humans in jobs happened only in fiction. She enjoyed watching science


Choice Picks for Media Folks – March Issue 1

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 1 covers 24 Feb to 2 Mar 16.

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Film-making families tell of joys and pains of working together
The Straits Times, 2 March 2016, 2558 words, Boon Chan, (English)
Couples and siblings share the joys and challenges of making movies together
Joel and Ethan Coen – as well as Andy and Lana Wachowski – do it in Hollywood. So did James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow, before they divorced.

MPs question if release of more information could have dispelled falsehoods
TODAY (Singapore), 2 March 2016, 629 words, Ng Jing Yng, (English)
SINGAPORE — The question of whether the authorities could have shared more information to dispel allegations on the Benjamin Lim case being circulated was raised by Members of Parliament (MPs) , after the Home Affairs and Education …

The Works: Q1 Newspaper Audience Report
The PANPA Bulletin, 1 March 2016, 618 words, The Newspaper Works, (English)
The increasingly complex world of advertising has never provided so many opportunities to get it right – and get it wrong.
Concerns around digital advertising are dominating the thinking of marketers and media agencies currently. The demand

Material Girl toes the line
The Straits Times, 1 March 2016, 871 words, Eddino Abdul Hadi, (English)
Madonna was surprisingly well-behaved at her virgin Rebel Heart concert in Singapore

The promise and perils of direct elections
The Straits Times, 28 February 2016, 1331 words, Chua Mui Hoong, (English)
To lower risk of rogue leaders being elected, educate and expose voters to election process to help them vote wisely
My first introduction to the promise and perils of democracy came in secondary school. That was when we students came

‘I struggled before asking for help’
The New Paper, 27 February 2016, 866 words, TAN TAM MEI, (English)
Owner of bookstore appeals online to save ailing business

Singaporean musicians need to find ways to be Singaporean: Dick Lee
Channel NewsAsia, 22:27, 26 February 2016, 5133 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: Dick Lee is one of Singapore’s best-known music personalities. A singer-songwriter, whose song, Home, written almost 20 years ago, still resonates with many Singaporeans and has become almost a microcosm of Singaporean-ness.

Too similar?
The Straits Times, 27 February 2016, 1091 words, Deepika Shetty, (English)
Manila-born Monica Delgado’s artworks look like that of renowned Singapore artist Jane Lee
A pilates teacher and New York- based artist has been creating artworks very similar to leading Singapore painter Jane Lee’s.

Instagram has attracted more than 200,000 advertisers, company says
Channel NewsAsia, 11:10, 24 February 2016, 393 words, (English)
NEW YORK: Five months ago, Facebook Inc began trying to transform its picture-sharing app, Instagram, into a money-making business. Since then, Instagram has attracted more than 200,000 advertisers, the company announced Wednesday, a clear …

Reworked ‘In the Room’ more spunky: Eric Khoo
Channel NewsAsia, 07:42, 24 February 2016, 1948 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: The uncut but modified version of acclaimed director Eric Khoo’s In The Room opens in cinemas on Feb 25.
The original version of the erotic drama had failed to get rated by the Media Development Authority (MDA) for general release …


Choice Picks for Media Folks – February Issue 4

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 4 covers 17-23 Feb 16.

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More S’pore youth seeking help for cannabis abuse
The Straits Times, 21 February 2016, 1678 words, Seow Bei Yi, (English)
Cases of young people influenced by growing acceptance of drug overseas a worrying trend
It was a National Geographic documentary he watched at home on television that got him believing that smoking cannabis could help with his attention …

Umberto Eco, Italian author of ‘The Name of the Rose,’ dies at 84
Channel NewsAsia, 21:35, 19 February 2016, 652 words, (English)
ROME: Italian author Umberto Eco, who became famous for the 1980 international blockbuster “The Name of the Rose”, died on Friday, Italian media reported. He was 84.

On the trail of heirloom recipes
Business Times Singapore, 20 February 2016, 3913 words, Tay Suan Chiang, (English)
BT Weekend retreads a well-worn path of Singapore millenials who are passionate about preserving the signature dishes of families
SOMETHING unusual is happening to Singapore’s millennials – oft-lamented as narcissistic and youth-obsessed, …

Let’s have Internet calibration, instead of regulation
The Straits Times, 20 February 2016, 1002 words, Carol Soon, (English)
Until the early 1990s, Singaporeans were described as politically apathetic. They slowly began taking part in discussion forums and political websites such as Yahoo! discussion groups and the now-defunct Sintercom.

Apple’s fight with US govt a year in the making ; Tech giant set to invoke free speech protection against demand to unlock iPhone
TODAY (Singapore), 20 February 2016, 765 words, (English)
WASHINGTON — Time and again after the introduction of the iPhone nearly a decade ago, the United States Justice Department asked Apple for help in opening a locked phone. And nearly without fail, the company agreed.

‘Unlimited changes’ clause unfair: MOF
The Straits Times, 19 February 2016, 459 words, Priscilla Goy, (English)
Ministry states stand after condition in govt tender for creative services draws online flak
A government school tender that required vendors to agree to “unlimited changes” for creative services has drawn much flak online, and now even the …

From censorship to classification
The New Paper, 17 February 2016, 372 words, LISA TWANG, (English)
Is our local entertainment scene opening up?
Say what you will, Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour being passed in Singapore with an R18 rating for sexual references is still a watershed moment in the history of local censorship.

Information Circular in Respect of MDA’s Decision on Changes in Process for Assessment of Exemption Applications for New Channels Addition…
Singapore Government News, 17 February 2016, 3350 words, (English)
Feb. 17 — Background
1. On 24 July 2013, MDA granted SingNet Pte Ltd (“SingNet”) an exemption (“2013 Exemption Decision”) under Paragraph 2.7.1(a) of the Media Market Conduct Code (“Code”) from the requirement to cross-carry certain channel …


Choice Picks for Media Folks – February Issue 3

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

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Insurer expresses regret over ‘retirement’ stunt
The Straits Times, 16 February 2016, 526 words, Benson Ang, (English)
NTUC Income has expressed regret to anyone upset by an Instagram post by popular actress Rebecca Lim last week that said she was retiring when she was not. But it stopped short of apologising for the publicity stunt which backfired.

US campaign video draws flak for not crediting Singaporean photographer
The Straits Times, 16 February 2016, 995 words, Deepika Shetty, (English)
A campaign video created by supporters of United States presidential candidate Bernie Sanders which has gone viral is getting flak for failing to credit the work of Singaporean photographer John Clang from the start.

New exhibition features rare Singapore artefacts
The Straits Times, 16 February 2016, 915 words, Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh,Lee Jian Xuan, (English)
Singapore’s pre-independence days are in the spotlight with a new exhibition by the National Library Board that features artefacts of the time, some of which are being shown to the public for the first time

ST photojournalists tell stories behind pics
The Straits Times, 15 February 2016, 626 words, Yuen Sin, (English)
More than 180 people attend four talks held as part of the World Press Photo 2015 display
Photographers might find it increasingly “uncool” to take pictures in land-scarce, squeaky clean Singapore, choosing to take off for more exotic climes …

‘I find Singaporeans a cynical lot’: Grandmother of Goondus Sylvia Toh
Channel NewsAsia, 22:52, 12 February 2016, 4627 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: Columnist and writer Sylvia Toh Paik Choo is known as the Guru of Singlish. She is the author of Eh Goondu! (1982) and Lagi Goondu! (1986), the first two books on Singlish, and is the first to put spelling and punctuation to …

Photojournalists ‘can be the eyes of the people’
The Straits Times, 13 February 2016, 805 words, Desmond Lim, (English)
Prestigious photo exhibition to feature talks by ST photographers
Intern photographer Kevin Lim was in a cab on his way to a job in 2008 when he saw something that made him jump out of the taxi.

Digital natives risk losing empathy for real people
The Straits Times, 13 February 2016, 1113 words, Peter A. Coclanis, (English)
In mid-January, Cheong Suk-Wai wrote an excellent review in The Sunday Times of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Sherry Turkle’s important new book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power Of Talk In A Digital Age, which served as …


Choice Picks for Media Folks – February Issue 2

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 2 covers 3-11 Feb 16.

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Religion must be practised based on local context: Masagos
Channel NewsAsia, 20:03, 10 February 2016, 2153 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: Religion must be practised in context and Muslim scholars here understand how certain religious teachings should be taught in Singapore’s context, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli.

Commentary; Printed book still has place on shelf
The Straits Times, 10 February 2016, 742 words, Irene Tham, (English)
It has trounced e-book sales to prevail as choice reading material
E-books have ushered in an era of self-publishing and sowed uncertainties over the survival of brick-and-mortar libraries and businesses.

A few discouraging words for a new govt venture
The Straits Times, 10 February 2016, 747 words, Ang Peng Hwa, (English)
There is a maxim in the start-up business that if a venture attracts no criticism at all, it should not go ahead.
Since the announcement of the formation of a new government agency, the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA), …

Economic Affairs; Industry 4.0 and Singapore manufacturing
The Straits Times, 10 February 2016, 1226 words, Michael Tan and Jeffrey Chua, (English)
With the world in the midst of a historic transition driven by technology, there’s need for a rethink.
In the not-too-distant future, different car models will be manufactured on a single, flexible production line “manned” by smarter, …

Children learn better from people than screens
The Straits Times, 8 February 2016, 909 words, Vanessa LoBue, (English)
That is, until age three; content and time also matter when it comes to kids’ screen time
In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a bold recommendation: Children under the age of two should not watch any television, and …

Two’s Company With Dennis Tay And Amanda; Who says Singapore designs don’t sell?
The Straits Times, 8 February 2016, 1908 words, Natasha Ann Zachariah, (English)
Design store Naiise’s dream of championing home-grown talents has borne fruit
In 2012, Mr Dennis Tay, then a final- year entrepreneur major at the Singapore Institute of Management-RMIT University, hatched a plan to bring good design to the …

Have a brilliant idea? You can use it to make a difference
The Straits Times, 6 February 2016, 720 words, (English)
Terrorist attacks, climate change, shocks in the market – reading the papers may leave you feeling overwhelmed or even depressed, with the news often dominated by pressing problems worldwide.

Fertility ads give birth to controversy
The Straits Times, 5 February 2016, 644 words, Tan Weizhen, (English)
Campaign to urge people to conceive earlier criticised as distasteful, scaremongering
A voluntary welfare group advocating early parenthood has defended an advertising campaign featuring four controversial cartoons.

GE15 result apparent well before polling day: Survey
TODAY (Singapore), 5 February 2016, 718 words, Laura Elizabeth Philomin, (English)
SINGAPORE – The People’s Action Party’s (PAP) landslide victory in last year’s General Election (GE) may have surprised many, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. But if the findings of regular surveys conducted before and after the GE …

Is access to social networks harming our children?
TODAY (Singapore), 3 February 2016, 957 words, Dixon Ho, (English)
Every Chinese New Year, we follow the same routine: Visiting family, eating, catching up with friends, shopping, and more eating. However, there is something Singaporeans — young and old — now do that was rare only a few years ago: Sending …

Choice Picks for Media Folks – February Issue 1

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 1 covers 27 Jan to 2 Feb 16.

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Struggling to keep 90 years of material
The Straits Times, 2 February 2016, 791 words, Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh, (English)
The perpetual need for space dogs artist-archivist Koh Nguang How and his Singapore Art Archive Project – a dive into Singapore art history through nine decades of material, from yellowing catalogues to vintage photos of happenings at the …

Global Yellow Pages loses copyright lawsuit
The Straits Times, 1 February 2016, 565 words, K.C. Vijayan, (English)
The publisher behind the Yellow Pages directories has lost its suit against a rival for alleged copyright infringement, after the High Court dismissed its claims.

Self-censorship holding back entertainment industry: Jack Neo
Channel NewsAsia, 19:26, 29 January 2016, 4099 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: Jack Neo is known as probably the most commercially successful local filmmaker, making such comedic hits as I Not Stupid and Money No Enough.

Personal opinion trumped online criticism when it came to GE voting ; Views expressed on WhatsApp more influential than those said on Facebook, says study
TODAY (Singapore), 29 January 2016, 651 words, Kenneth Cheng, (English)
SINGAPORE — Users of open social-media platforms, such as Facebook, were perceived to be most critical of the Government at the General Election (GE) last year, in contrast to closed social-media users, who were perceived to be less …

New rules of engagement in the age of content
Business Times Singapore, 28 January 2016, 1215 words, ANTHONY HEARNE (English)
Effective content output requires a comprehensive distribution strategy.
STEPPING onto a crowded MRT train these days, one would be hard pressed to find commuters hiding their faces behind broadsheets. Instead most are glued to glowing …

SPH reaches settlement with SyndiGate Media
The Straits Times, 28 January 2016, 227 words, (English)
Media company Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) says it has reached a settlement concerning the unauthorised distribution of its articles.
The statement came after an apology to SPH was published in yesterday’s edition of The Straits Times by …

S’pore film In The Room ‘rated R21, gets sexier
MyPaper, 27 January 2016, 482 words, JOHN LUI, (English)
THE made-in-Singapore erotic drama In The Room will be released here after all, following controversy after it was withdrawn from the classification process.

Film trailers for screening at public places must have MDA rating: Yaacob Ibrahim
Channel NewsAsia, 03:50, 27 January 2016, 257 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: Film trailers meant to be screened in public places must be submitted to the Media Development Authority (MDA) for classification, similar to the protocol for films, said Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim …

Roundup of made in Singapore films to be released this year
The Straits Times, 27 January 2016, 1815 words, John Lui, (English)
Movies with Singapore connections slated for release this year include erotic, cosplay, Hokkien and prestige dramas
The huge tide of movies that washed ashore last year has abated somewhat with the passing of SG50. This year, about 15 films …

Choice Picks for Media Folks – January Issue 4

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 4 covers 21-26 Jan 16.

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A period of great promise and peril
The Straits Times, 26 January 2016, 1835 words, Warren Fernandez, (English)
At this year’s World Economic Forum, the future wasn’t just a concept discussed by speakers. It was palpable, and present, at the Swiss resort of Davos where the forum’s annual meeting was held

News analysis; TV confessions undermine Xi’s vow to boost rule of law
The Straits Times, 26 January 2016, 794 words, Kor Kian Beng, (English)
Analysts say suspects’ confessions before conviction meant to intimidate party’s critics
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s pledge to beef up the country’s rule of law is in serious doubt with the “extreme” practice of airing televised …

Singapore’s political system: Tweak, tinker or overhaul? NCMP, NMP and GRC: Issues to address
The Straits Times, 24 January 2016, 1545 words, Charissa Yong, (English)
Trends in minority representation and alternative voices – how do they affect the current schemes that address these issues?
Singapore’s trio of political siblings introduced more than 20 years ago – the Non-Constituency MP, Nominated MP and …

Meet Bill, the new online celebrity
The Straits Times, 24 January 2016, 602 words, Gurveen Kaur, (English)
Facebook users are likely to have come across Bill in the past weeks, a smiley-face stick figure who playfully dispenses advice on dealing with annoying behaviour.

Photo society draws flak over use of others’ images
The Straits Times, 24 January 2016, 569 words, Calvin Yang, (English)
Group used at least four photographers’ works either without credit or permission
Melbourne-based photographer Belinda Strodder was surprised to discover that one of her pictures was used without her permission to market a course offered by …

Video streaming service Netflix worked with MDA to observe local censorship guidelines
The Straits Times, 23 January 2016, 2392 words, Alison de SouzaIn Los Angeles, (English)
The on-demand video-streaming service, Netflix, has expanded to 130 countries and will increase localised original content
Netflix’s plan to take over the world is just getting started.

Improving quality of our lives
The New Paper, 22 January 2016, 1137 words, LINETTE HENG, (English)
In response to President Tony Tan Keng Yam’s address to Parliament on Friday, four ministries and the PMO yesterday set out their plans to ensure that Singapore remains a connected city and a home for Singaporeans. LINETTE HENG …

Celebrating young film-makers ; The annual competition is looking for submissions for its sophomore edition
TODAY (Singapore), 22 January 2016, 576 words, Genevieve Sarah Loh, (English)
SINGAPORE — The National Youth Film Awards (NYFA) 2016 is calling for submissions from all media-related full-time students who are under the age of 35 and are currently enrolled in a media-related course or module at any Institute of …

MCI’s Addendum to President’s Address by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information
Singapore Government News, 21 January 2016, 1157 words, (English)
Jan. 21 — MCI’s mission is to connect people to community, government, and opportunity.
Seizing Opportunities in a Converged Infocomm Media Landscape

Wanted: Global brand to counter ISIS
The Straits Times, 21 January 2016, 1128 words, Jonathan Holburt, (English)
Like many people I have been watching with increasing alarm the attacks by the self-styled Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) around the world, from Jakarta to Istanbul to Paris to Egypt to San Bernardino. As an advertising professional …

Choice Picks for Media Folks – January Issue 3

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

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Pop Culture; Netflix not the bad guy in blocking proxy access to content
The Straits Times, 20 January 2016, 856 words, Yip Wai Yee, (English)
Its move to block access to its overseas content is correct even if it means losing international subscribers
Boy, did people here turn on Netflix fast.

IDA-MDA merger will ensure fairness to all with streamlining of laws: Experts
The Straits Times, 19 January 2016, 439 words, (English)
The biggest benefit from the merger of Singapore’s infocomm and media regulators is the streamlining of laws to ensure fairness to all without strangling innovation, said lawyers and companies.

Enterprise: Innovation: Eleven brings new spin to sports broadcasting in Asia
The Edge Singapore, 18 January 2016, 969 words, By Loh Chen-Yi, (English)
Watching your favourite sporting teams or personalities on television is a cherished pastime for many, but only a lucky few, such as Danny Menken, make it part of their job. The group managing director of Eleven Sports Network is a …

Opening of Forum on Internet of Things in Smart Sustainable Cities: New Age of Smarter Living
Singapore Government News, 18 January 2016, 1331 words, (English)
Jan. 18 — Speech By Minister Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister For Communications And Information, At The Opening Of The Forum On Internet Of Things In Smart Sustainable Cities: A New Age Of Smarter Living, On 18 January 2016, At 9 Am, Suntec …

Commentary; How good politics works in practice
The Straits Times, 16 January 2016, 987 words, Chua Mui Hoong, (English)
Just what is good politics?
This was top on my mind as I listened to President Tony Tan Keng Yam’s address to open the 13th Parliament yesterday.

World Press Photo: View the world’s most compelling press images
The Straits Times, 16 January 2016, 682 words, Yuen Sin, (English)
The world of journalism may be in the midst of seismic change, but the power of visual storytelling still endures in an age abound with new technologies.

News analysis; Singtel buys itself time through tie-up with Netflix
The Straits Times, 16 January 2016, 629 words, Irene Tham, (English)
Move gives telco room to assess online broadcaster’s impact on market here
Singtel has finally signed a deal with Netflix to make the latter’s video-streaming service, launched here last week, available with a click on the telco’s …

TV; Korean TV on the move
Business Times Singapore, 15 January 2016, 510 words, Avanti Nim , Korean TV on the move, (English)
COUCH potatoes, sit up straight – but just for a while. Following on Netflix’s productivity-killing heels is the over-the-top (OTT) multi-screen video service Viu, which has been available in Singapore since Jan 11.

Internet may widen inequality, says World Bank
TODAY (Singapore), 15 January 2016, 551 words, (English)
NEW YORK — Can the Internet save the world? In some places, it has helped curb corruption, encouraged more girls to go to school and enabled citizens to monitor election violence.


Choice Picks for Media Folks – January Issue 2

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 2 covers 6-13 Jan 16.

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TRS apologises to SPH for infringing copyright of 244 of its news articles
The Straits Times, 13 January 2016, 189 words, (English)
SINGAPORE – Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) and the duo behind the now-defunct socio-political website The Real Singapore (TRS) have reached an out-of-court settlement of a copyright infringement suit, SPH said on Wednesday (Jan 13).

Korean programmes available here for free on new streaming service
The Straits Times, 13 January 2016, 529 words, Gwendolyn Ng, (English)
Korean content from the four major broadcasters – SBS, KBS, MBC and CJ E&M – is available here for free on a new streaming service, Viu.

Wanda goes to Hollywood: China tycoon’s firm buys film studio Legendary for US$3.5 billion
Channel NewsAsia, 23:00, 11 January 2016, 774 words, (English)
BEIJING: Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group has bought U.S. film studio Legendary Entertainment for about US$3.5 billion, turning its chairman into a Hollywood movie mogul as China’s richest man steps up a drive to diversify his …

Social media a key battleground in Taiwan election
Channel NewsAsia, 20:05, 11 January 2016, 526 words, (English)
TAIPEI: With just days to Taiwan’s elections, the presidential race is heating up online. All three parties are putting everything they have into the battle to win young voters, with Facebook, Line and Instagram as the three key theatres of …

Strategies for digital brand building
Business Times Singapore, 12 January 2016, 1207 words, Martin Roll , Strategies for digital brand building, (English)
A lack of skills and a lack of confidence in metrics hold organisations back from achieving brand-building success in digital realms.
DIGITAL branding as a channel for brand building has seen exponential growth in the last few years. It has …

Sean Penn slammed for interview with drug lord
The Straits Times, 12 January 2016, 693 words, (English)
Actor met Mexican kingpin Guzman ‘to see if media, govt portrayals of him were right’
WASHINGTON • Actor Sean Penn has come under fire, one day after Rolling Stone magazine published his account of a clandestine meeting with Mexican drug …

From men to boys
The Straits Times, 10 January 2016, 1000 words, Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh, (English)
Troy Chin talks about the darker side of his time in the army in the seventh book in his The Resident Tourist series
The uglier side of national service is one of the subjects of Troy Chin’s latest offering in his The Resident Tourist comic …

Netflix’s debut highlights outdated laws
The Straits Times, 8 January 2016, 667 words, Irene Tham, (English)
United States-based video streaming service Netflix’s debut in Singapore yesterday shines the spotlight once more on outdated media laws that subject local brick-and-mortar content distributors to far stricter regulations than overseas …

Holy Water dropped, other adjustments made to Madonna’s R18 show
The Straits Times, 8 January 2016, 557 words, Eddino Abdul Hadi,Anjali Raguraman, (English)
Madonna will not be allowed to perform the song Holy Water at her first Singapore show at the National Stadium on Feb 28, says the Media Development Authority (MDA).

Mediacorp celebrates 80 years of radio ; Talent search, exhibition and a TV show among events under Radio 80 initiatives
TODAY (Singapore), 8 January 2016, 416 words, (English)
SINGAPORE — Here’s a reason to tune in to the radio for the entire year — in fact, a full 80 years’ worth of reasons.
Mediacorp is marking eight decades of radio broadcasting by rolling out Radio 80, a slew of initiatives throughout 2016 in …

Tweets may soon turn into a long song ; The micro-blogging website is considering scrapping its famed 140-character limit
TODAY (Singapore), 7 January 2016, 618 words, (English)
SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter appears ready to loosen its decade-old restriction and build a feature that will allow users to post tweets as long as 10,000 characters, well beyond its current 140-character limit, in a bid to make its service more …

Support for Tan Pin Pin pulling film out of KL festival
The Straits Times, 6 January 2016, 544 words, Anjali Raguraman, (English)
Many are in support of Singaporean film-maker Tan Pin Pin’s decision to pull her 2005 film documentary Singapore GaGa from an event due to be held in Kuala Lumpur next week.


Choice Picks for Media Folks – January Issue 1

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in — Issue 1 covers 30 Dec 15 to 5 Jan 16.

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Fears in HK over missing bookseller
The Straits Times, 5 January 2016, 655 words, Li Xueying, (English)
City’s leader tries to quell rumour that China agents spirited ‘offending’ publisher away
The mysterious disappearance of a bookseller in Hong Kong has spooked residents, raising the possibility of Chinese security officers secretly entering …

S’pore films withdrawn from KL fest after censors request edits
TODAY (Singapore), 5 January 2016, 738 words, Genevieve Sarah Loh, (English)
SINGAPORE — Local film-makers have withdrawn seven works from the Titian Budaya Festival in Kuala Lumpur after Malaysian censors asked them to make cuts to their films.

Tan Pin Pin pulls documentary Singapore GaGa from Malaysia festival after censors demand cut
The Straits Times, 4 January 2016, 326 words, Chew Hui Min, (English)
SINGAPORE – Director Tan Pin Pin will withdraw her documentary Singapore GaGa (2005) from a cultural festival in Malaysia after censors requested cuts which she called “arbitrary and nonsensical”.

Online scammers target hopefuls on Filipino dating websites
Channel NewsAsia, 10:23, 3 January 2016, 485 words, (English)
MANILA: Lex Burke, a businessman, often travels to the Philippines from his home in the UK. Being recently divorced, he has also explored the country’s dating sites, such as Filipino Cupid. Instead of finding true love however, he has …

Microsoft to warn Outlook users of suspected government hacking
MyPaper, 1 January 2016, 396 words, (English)
MICROSOFT said on Wednesday that it will begin warning users of its e-mail service when the company suspects that a government has been trying to hack into their accounts.

SPH veteran Leslie Fong retires
The Straits Times, 1 January 2016, 795 words, Rachel Au-Yong, (English)
The last 46 years have been quite a ride for Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) veteran editor and marketing chief Leslie Fong, who retired yesterday aged 66.

‘I’m a little bit more grounded’
The New Paper, 31 December 2015, 807 words, NOOR ASHIKIN ABDUL RAHMAN, (English)
Adam Lambert (right) says ‘wild displays’ are in the past
Naughty or nice?
When US singer Adam Lambert headlines the the Celebrate 2016 countdown show tonight, the big question on everyone’s minds would be whether he will …

Twitter to revive Politwoops, archive of politicians’ deleted tweets
Channel NewsAsia, 12:45, 31 December 2015, 311 words, (English)
NEW YORK: Just in time for the homestretch to the first U.S. presidential primaries and caucuses, a popular archive of sometimes-misguided or embarrassing tweets that have been deleted by politicians and their staff has been resurrected by …
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The two nations of America
Business Times Singapore, 31 December 2015, 1429 words, Leon Hadar (English)
The Trumpists are worried the Obamaists are about to destroy the America they had known, while the latter warn that the former are trying to obstruct their road towards change
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Be nice, and Nadine will give you a smile
The New Paper, 30 December 2015, 529 words, TEOH YI CHIE, (English)
NTU unveils two robots which can operate on artificial intelligence software developed by their scientists
NTU has taken Singapore a step closer to having emotive and intelligent robots not unlike C-3PO from the Star Wars …

EU executive voices concern over planned Polish media law
Channel NewsAsia, 13:35, 30 December 2015, 369 words, (English)
BRUSSELS: The European Commission sent a letter to two Polish ministers on Wednesday expressing concern over a proposed law on control of the country’s state-run media, a spokesman for the EU executive said, another sign of disquiet in …

Looking back: People who made the headlines; Grit, greed and gratitude: 10 people who made the headlines in Singapore in 2015
The Straits Times, 30 December 2015, 2783 words, (English)
2015 had its share of heroes and villains, as well as some who split public opinion and had the nation abuzz for weeks. From the eyebrow-raising antics of teen blogger Amos Yee and Sim Lim shopowner Jover Chew to the heartwarming stories of …

Proposal to raise smoking age from 18 to 21
The Straits Times, 30 December 2015, 641 words, Aw Cheng Wei, Ng Huiwen, (English)
Public views sought on this and 3 other proposed new rules to discourage smoking
The health authorities are proposing to raise the minimum age of smoking from 18 to 21, and ban menthol and other flavoured cigarettes to step up their efforts …

ARTS: Institutions in flux ; The futures of The Substation, Singapore Art Museum and National Gallery Singapore are in the spotlight
TODAY (Singapore), 30 December 2015, 491 words, Mayo Martin (English)
The year-long SG50 celebrations brought about countless shows, events and exhibitions that were linked to the nationwide festivities, indirectly or otherwise. From revivals and restagings of theatre classics, to works tailor-made for SG50 …

TELEVISION: Will Netflix be a game changer? ; It is hard to say how much the US content provider will change the way we watch TV in 2016
TODAY (Singapore), 30 December 2015, 364 words, May Seah (English)
Everybody is talking about Netflix coming to Singapore early next year. But, how much will the much-hyped online media provider actually change our TV-viewing habits?