Tag: news

8 Things You Didn’t Know About The Media

September 22nd, 2016   •   no comments   


Courtesy of Phil Wolff 

I’ve got some shocking news for you. Ready for it?

Much of what you read, view or listen in the news doesn’t quite tell you the full picture of what’s happening in your community, city, country, region or world.
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How Massive Media Influences Global Incidents

January 18th, 2015   •   no comments   

Je Suis Charlie Khalil Bendib

(image courtesy of Muslim cartoonist Khalil Bendib)

Like fire, media publicity is a good servant but a bad master.

Managed well, it focuses the glaring spotlight on neglected issues which warrant a global audience. However, extensive media and social media coverage may also lead to unwarranted consequences.

Let us examine a recent tragic news event to see how this unfolds. One that is close to everybody’s hearts.
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Want Your Kid to be a Whizzard?

November 3rd, 2012   •   no comments   

OK, the exams are over. We parents can all relax now, right?


If anything, long holidays can be more terrifying for parents. I mean, you can’t possibly let your kid be playing computer games all day long, right? Wouldn’t his or her brain turn to mush?

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Newsjacking – A Dirty Little Secret in PR

September 6th, 2012   •   3 comments   

Changi Airport Newsjacking
Changi Airport’s successful efforts in newsjacking following Joseph Schooling’s Olympic Win (courtesy of Changi Airport Facebook Page)

Joseph Schooling’s historic win in the Rio 2016 Olympics kicked off a wave of media publicity.

It also resulted in multiple brands riding on the brand-wagon, with some brands doing better than others.
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The Age of (Im)Morality and Immortality

March 14th, 2010   •   4 comments   

Jack Neo and his wife Irene Kng (courtesy of Syokkahwin.com)

By now, everybody would have read, listened, spoken about or viewed news about Jack Neo, his wife, and his dalliances with Wendy Chong.

The local and international media has gone wild with the latest celebrity news in every channel, and tremendous buzz has been generated in social media and mobile platforms – SMSes, MMSes, blogs, Facebook, forums, Twitter, Plurk, Youtube, blog aggregators (like Ping.sg), wikis and so on. Many have leapt into the fray with all kinds of judgements and interpretations, with some harsher than others. Jack himself has blogged about it here and apologised for his actions.
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In Media Relations, Timing is Everything

May 14th, 2008   •   2 comments   

The horrific Sichuan Earthquake left many dead or injured (courtesy of szbluewater)

The recent spate of cataclysmic events happening around our region is simply awful. To date, more than 50,000 people in the Sichuan area are either dead, missing or buried, and Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar has left more than two million homeless and tens of thousands dead. As we flip the papers, page after page describes the sad story of human tragedy caused by these natural/ manmade (some say that the cyclone is due to global warming) catastrophes.

From what I understand, both incidents are still unfolding. In other words, they will continue to dominate media spaces for quite some time.
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Death of Mainstream Media? Not Just Yet

March 19th, 2007   •   5 comments   

Singapore’s ad expenditure in 2006. Source: Nielsen Media Research

Recent newspaper reports indicated that ad expenditure in Singapore has risen by about 4% to $1.94 billion last year. This reversed an 8.3% decline the previous year before. Entertainment outlets and services were the biggest mainstream media spenders at $202.5 million. This was followed by the retail industry with $136.5 million, followed by government and social organisations at $92.4 million.

What’s surprising was that most categories have shown an improvement, with television pipping newspapers yet again as the number one choice for advertisers, while magazines showed the greatest percentage increase. On the other hand, radio advertising seemed to have fallen significantly. I suspect that this may be due to the migration of listeners away from terrestrial radio stations towards podcasts and MP3.
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10 Tips to Hit the Headlines

February 20th, 2007   •   9 comments   

This is a rehash of something I wrote for a major national newspaper more than two years ago. I have tweaked it to be more comprehensive, with the general principles remaining the same. Of course, this doesn’t guarantee coverage everytime, but if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

Here are 10 tips to improve your chances of making it into the news:

1) Understand the needs and target audiences of different media. Establish rapport with journalists and editors and speak to them to understand what they are gunning for. Which categories of stories do they normally cover? What are their editorial styles?

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