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.

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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