40th AGM of the Singapore Press Club

Dear Member,

This is to remind you of the forthcoming 40th Annual General Meeting of the Club, which will be held on Thursday, 31st March 2011 at 6pm at SPH News Centre Meeting Room T2.2 (Tower Block).

The Club’s Financial Statement, Annual Report and Minutes of the 39th Annual General Meeting are attached for your information. Please print them and bring them along for the meeting.

A buffet dinner will be served. For catering purposes, please RSVP your attendance to the secretariat by sending an email to: secretariat@pressclub.org.sg

With best wishes

George Joseph
Hon Secretary

Press Club lunchtime talk: Dan Gillmor “From Oracle to Guide, Lecture to Conversation”

Dear members,

NTU’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information and the Singapore Press Club’s Young Media Professionals Chapter are pleased to present this lunchtime talk by well-known technology columnist and pioneering mainstream media blogger Dan Gillmor. Dan will speak on why news organisations should incorporate more interactivity and social media into their operations.

Admission is free to Press Club members and their guests and includes a buffet lunch.

Email your details and those of your guests (if any) to secretariat@pressclub.org.sg by Tuesday 29 March 2011.

More information about the talk and Dan Gillmor is attached.

Best regards,
Lau Joon-Nie
VP, Singapore Press Club

Media Familiarisation Trip to Timor-Leste: 17-22 March 2011

Dear Members,

Air Timor, together with several tourism partners, is organising a media familiarisation trip next week and has offered limited places to our journalist members. The draft itinerary is attached and is subject to changes depending on the availability of newsmakers, including President Jose Ramos-Horta, for interviews. You will be joining print reporters and TV crews from the US, China and Thailand.

All accommodation, meals, airfares and ground transport will be hosted. You will however need to bring with you:

US$30 for visa on arrival
US$10 departure tax.

* Bring US dollars in small denominations and notes that are relatively new, i.e. those showing smaller portraits of US presidents are not accepted in Timor-Leste, nor are US coins.

Timor-Leste is Asia’s youngest country and is currently lobbying hard to become Asean’s 11th member. In recent days, it has secured Indonesia’s (as Asean chair) support to do so. While UNMIT’s mandate has been extended for another year, the country also wants to cut its reliance on the UN and handle its own affairs entirely. Policing and defence responsibilities have been handed over to Timor’s own police and military forces in phases over the past year. This fledgling country is starting to stand on its own feet and has many fascinating stories waiting to be told. Tourism is beginning to take off and air links to the country have improved considerably in recent months.

I had the opportunity to make several trips to Timor-Leste last year with a group of journalism students from NTU. Some of their published work can be viewed here: http://gofar.journalism.sg/in-the-press-2/.

If you are keen to be part of the Air Timor media familiarisation trip, email secretariat@pressclub.org.sg by Wed 9 March 12 noon indicating the following:

Title/Media Organisation
(Attach your past clippings if you wish)

Please note that this trip is NOT organised by the Singapore Press Club and is only open to working journalists, photographers and camera persons at the request of the hosts. Places are not guaranteed and are allotted at the hosts’ discretion.

If you have any questions about reporting in the country (not the trip), you can email me at jnlau@ntu.edu.sg.

Best regards,

Lau Joon-Nie
VP, Singapore Press Club

View Itinerary