The development of new media in Mainland China

Date: 17 November 2011 (Thursday)
Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm
Venue: Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information, Level 2 Executive Seminar Room
(The talk will be conducted in Chinese with powerpoint slides in English)

In this presentation, Dr. Zhang will discuss the development of new media in Mainland China addressing the following 4 aspects:

a) Overview: Contemporary China on its way to the world largest new media empire.

b) Structure: the prosperity of new media industry in China

c) Problems: challenges of new media for marginalized groups;

d) Effects: construct an internet community in public domain.

About the speaker Zhang Guoliang is professor, PhD supervisor, and dean of School of Media & Design, Shanghai JiaoTong University. Graduated from Fudan University, holding PhD in History; Visiting Researcher to Tokyo University & Waseda University of Japan; first Chairman of the Communication Association of China, Shepherd of National Pivot Disciplines.

Honorary Rewards: Conferred “The Over-Century Excellent” by Education Ministry, Expert with “Prominent Contribution Award” by the State Council, Shanghai Excellent Social Scientific Achievement Award, Excellent Thesis of China’s News Awards, “Gold Key”to China’s library, and etc.

Reprehensive Achievements: In charge of more than 50 research projects, including “Developmental Communication Studies of China”, “Mass Communication Studies” and etc; published over 100 papers, including “Analysis of the ‘Function of Agenda Setting’ of China’s Mass Media”, “Shanghai Citizens and Informationization” and etc; published over 30 books, including “Classics in 20th Communication Studies”, “Modern Mass Communication Studies”, “News Media and the Society” and etc. Recently, his academic article “Agenda-Setting Effects in China” got published in Communication Research (Oct. 2011), the international core journal. The paper has an in-depth discussion on the characteristics and orderliness of “agenda-setting” in China, which has made an innovative contribution to enrichment of communication effect theory.

To RSVP, please email to

SPC Golf Tournament 2011 @ Orchid Country Club

It just gets better each year!! No exception, at our fourth annual golf tournament held at the Orchid Country Club on the 25th Oct 2011.

We had the largest turn-out with 101 golfers tee-ing off. For the first time in 4 years we had enough golfers – both members and guests – to justify a shot-gun start. This ensured that everyone could all get to the pre-dinner cocktails within 30 minutes of finishing our last hole.

Gracing the event was former cabinet minister and MP for Tampines GRC, Mr Mah Bow Tan. Stirring up the high expectations of our participants was the Hole-in-One prize of a Mercedes C180 Coupe. Even the dark overhanging rain-clouds decided not to mar our event by quickly dispersing – leaving us a cool and cloudy day for our golfers to excel in their game.

The Club Champion this year is Timothy Lim from SPH who carded a gross score of 81 for a 37 Stableford-point win, based on the System 36 competition format. Our top five member-golfers scored 37 Stableford points. In second position is Tang Ngai Kin, also from SPH, with a gross score of 82. The next three positions were held by associate members. Our top lady golfer Grace Fung is third in the ranking with a gross score of 89. Amos Ng is fourth with a gross score of 88 and Hsu Chia Chi is fifth carding a gross score of 92.
We also had a separate tournament for all the guests. Guest Champion is Sng Eng Chua (husband of SPH’s Sng Ngoi May) who carded a gross score of 89 with 38 Stableford points. Soh Chye Guan came in second with a gross score of 84 and Sazali Bava came in third carding a gross score of 87. Both the runners-up came in with 37 Stableford points.

Thanks to our Event Sponsors Citigroup and Emirates and the main Prize Sponsors Cerebos Pacific & S Poolz, all the participants were already winners when they collected their Goodie Bags.

Lucky Draw prizes were the main attraction at dinner and to cap it all, Mohd Rafin of Park Hotels spontaneously offered 10 more complimentary Hotel Stays at any of their hotels in Singapore, Hong Kong and China.

The contagion also spread to Nick Reese of Emirates Airlines and he quickly took the stage to offer additional return tickets to Dubai.

What else can I say but Thank You, 3 times over. Thank you to all the Sponsors who readily contributed to the Event. Thank you to all the participants for making time to join us at OCC, and Thank You to the organising team for without their diligence and effort our event would not have been possible.

Dicky Goh
Vice President & Golf Convenor

Forum on Reporting the 2011 elections

What was it like reporting on 2011’s the two hotly-contested elections, and how was mainstream media reporting on them viewed? How did new and social media challenge and change the political landscape and political news coverage in Singapore? The Singapore Press Club Young Media Professionals Chapter put together a panel on 13 Sep 2011 comprising The Straits Times deputy political editor Lydia Lim, academic Cherian George and former NMP and media observer Viswa Sadasivan to discuss these issues.

Click here for a RazorTV report on the discussion

Click here to see Cherian’s presentation notes

Singapore Press Club Annual Golf Competition

Tues 25 October 2011 @ Orchid Country Club (PM Tee-off)

We thank our Event and Prize sponsors for supporting the Singapore Press Club with a wide array of prizes this year. Please see the attached update for the prize details, including a Hole-in-One prize of a Mercedes C180 Coupe CGI.

We look forward to seeing our golfing members at the Orchid Country Club. For non-golfing members, you are most welcome to join us at the event dinner too.

Annual Golf


Registration Form

An Intimate Affair @ Goodman Arts Centre, FREE for members & guests

Copyright: Nanyang Technological University

Date: Friday 30th September 2011

Time: 7pm

Tour: Engage the Soul of GAC by visiting its tenants. Experience their daily activities such as rehearsals and studio time

Experience: A figurine/ceramic making session

Feast: Tasty finger foods catered by our host—National Arts Council

Nestled within the culturally rich Mountbatten district, the newly opened Goodman Arts Centre houses the National Arts Council of Singapore and close to 50 arts and creative groups.

There are 35 shared facilities for rental to the arts community including a Black Box theatre, Multi-Purpose Hall, galleries, rehearsal studios, music and art studios, and seminar rooms.

The centre is managed by The Old Parliament House Limited and its vision is to be a youthful and energetic hub providing a wide range of arts offerings.

Located at the former Lasalle College of the Arts, the beautiful grounds with lush greenery provide the perfect setting for inspiration and creative work.

This event is free-of-charge.

To register, please send an email to by 8pm Wednesday 21 September 2011 giving your name, membership number, occupation and handphone number.

Your guests are welcome but you’ll need to submit their names and occupations in advance.

Queries? Contact Press Club MC member Carol Foo from MediaCorp @ 81137055.

Dialogue with Mr. Lee Kuan Yew on the LKY School 7th Anniversary

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to join us in an evening of dialogue with Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, Distinguished Fellow of the LKY School and Singapore’s Former Minister Mentor in celebration of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY School) 7th Anniversary on Wednesday, 14 September 2011 from 5.00 pm at the University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore. The session with Mr. Lee Kuan Yew will be moderated by Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. This will be followed by the unveiling of the two volumes of the French edition of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s memoirs titled L’Histoire de Singapour (The Singapore Story) and Du Tiers-Monde a la Prosperite (From Third World to First).

We would be very grateful if you will RSVP your attendance at the earliest as it will help us in making special arrangements that are needed at the School.

We look forward to welcoming you to this special event. Please email me on for any further information.

Singapore Press Club Annual Golf Competition

Our annual Press Club golf competition has been confirmed for the afternoon of 25th October at the Orchid Country Club.

This will be the fourth in the series since we started this annual event in 2008. Members and participants at previous events have good memories of the golfing camaraderie and very attractive prizes.

As usual we will end the event with a sumptuous dinner that non-golfing members and guests are also
invited to attend.

Our club secretary George Joseph and I are in the process of firming up the sponsors and arrangements for another memorable event.

Meanwhile we would like to give you an early heads-up so that you can block this date in your diary.

The registration form is attached. Members are again given an offer you will find difficult to refuse – a golfing competition plus lunch & dinner for only $100!

Golfers who are eligible to join the club are encouraged to do so to enjoy this special rate – we have time to consider applications before the event.

Each member can also invite one guest at $160. We also welcome Corporate Flights at $800 each that come with naming rights. (eg; SPH flight, Mediacorp flight, etc.).

Non-golfing members who would like to attend the event dinner will be charged $35 per head. As with past practice, all diners will also be eligible for our lucky draw prizes.

We look forward to your early registration – please declare your true handicaps. We will announce more details nearer the competition date, including the competition rules and our Guest-of-Honour for the event.

Dicky Goh
Vice-President and Golf Convenor
Singapore Press Club

An Invitation To An Evening With The Singapore Chinese Orchestra

Strings Delight

An evening with Singapore Chinese Orchestra

Dear members,

You are invited to join the SCO for two hours of fine musical entertainment.

You may pick one of the time slots below:

Date: Friday 16th September or Saturday 17th September 2011
Time: 8pm. The concert is expected to last for about 2 hours.
Place: SCO Concert Hall (Former Singapore Conference Hall), 7 Shenton Way

Acclaimed musicians SCO Leader Li Bao Shun and SCO’s Erhu Principal Zhao Jian Hua will perform two erhu masterpieces.

Fire Ritual by renowned composer Tan Dun combines traditional Chinese ritual music with palace music in a lyrical mourning of war and yearning for peace.

Night Thoughts by Liu Nian Qu was inspired by the famous story, “The Overlord Bidding Farewell to his Concubine”.

The orchestra will also present Suite for Chinese String Instruments, a composition that exhibits the mysterious momentum and charming tones of the huqin.

You can find out more about the SCO @

The concert is free-of-charge.

To register, pls send an email to by 2pm Wednesday 7 September 2011 giving your name, membership number, validity of membership, occupation, handphone number and preferred time slot.

Your guests are welcome but you’ll need to register them (giving their names) in advance. Children below 6 years of age will not be allowed into the concert hall.

If the number of interested participants exceeds the quota of tickets kindly provided by SCO, priority will be given to members, and the number of guests per member may be restricted.

Queries? Contact Press Club MC member Carol Foo @ 81137055.