Mexican Film Festival 2019

Dear Member,

The Embassy of Mexico, along with NUS Office of Alumni Relations and The Projector, is organising the 5th edition of the Mexican Film Festival from June 6 to 12, 2019.

Members of the Singapore Press Club can watch the movies being screened at the NUS Shaw Foundation Alumni House from June 10 to 12 free of charge.

Address: 11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244.

Just go to and make your booking. Tick the box which says “Guest of the Embassy of Mexico”.

Best regards

The Secretariat
Singapore Press Club

Online Falsehoods Law – What Now For Corporates & Media Professionals? (May 28)

Dear Member

The Bill designed to tackle deliberate online falsehoods was passed in Parliament on May 8 after a lengthy debate.

The Singapore Press Club and the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association are organising a talk, Online Falsehoods Laws – What Now For Corporates and Media Professionals?, about this legislation on May 28.

The event is free for members of the Singapore Press Club.

For more details or to register, please visit

Best regards

The Secretariat
Singapore Press Club

2019 Senior Journalists Seminar – East-West Center ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Dear Member

Forwarding this circular from the United Embassy’s Public Affairs Department.
You can apply directly via the link provided:

>Dear News Editors/Journalists:

The East-West Center is pleased to announce that they are currently accepting applications for the 2019 Senior Journalists Seminar! They invite journalists, particularly those covering such beats as foreign and diplomatic relations, security, military affairs, domestic politics or religion to apply.

2019 Senior Journalists Seminar


September 4 – 27, 2019

Washington, DC; Chicago, Illinois;

Dhaka/Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh; Istanbul, Turkey

**Political and security conditions may necessitate replacing Turkey so please be flexible**

Application Deadline: Thursday, May 23, 2019

The 2019 Senior Journalists Seminar will bring together 10-14 multinational journalists for an immersive three week dialogue, study, and travel program to Washington, DC; Chicago, Illinois; Dhaka/Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh; and Istanbul, Turkey. The 2019SJS will begin in Washington, DC with an overview of the American political system, including the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, federalism, the separation of powers, and congressional influencers on foreign policymaking. Other foundational sessions will examine the religious make-up, diversity of religious identity, and the prayer and attendance practices of the American public. The Washington, DC study tour will also feature participant presentations summarizing religion’s role in their home countries. In Chicago, journalists will experientially explore America’s multicultural and multi-religious society, the experiences of minority religious communities, initiatives bridging faith divides, and how cultural and religious identity, experience, and diversity is expressed in the literary, visual, performing, and media arts. Throughout the U.S. study tour, journalists will consider the political, military, and cultural engagement of the U.S. with Muslim majority regions. Travel to Dhaka, Bangladesh and Istanbul, Turkey will contextualize and compare religion’s role in the public sphere across democratic nations; provide first-hand exposure to and more nuanced understanding of the diversity of Muslim societies; and build the professional networks of participating journalists. A day trip to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh will also enable journalists to visit the world’s largest refugee settlement. Meetings with government officials and academics in all three countries will explore domestic and international counter-terrorism efforts and opportunities for cooperation. Interactive experiences will also be included to deepen journalists’ understanding of Muslim cultures through the arts, culture, and new media. Finally, the media’s role in choosing, framing, and disseminating stories with a religious element and its effective shaping of public perception and U.S. relations with Muslim majority regions will be explored.

As the Senior Journalists Seminar requires participating journalists to attend various religious services as respectful observers and includes both high level government meetings and tours of impoverished areas, it is important to note that the seminar is both mentally and physically very challenging.

Who Can Apply: Media professionals from print, broadcast, online, and multi-media news organizations, including editors, reporters, columnists, editorial writers, producers, bloggers, videographers, and photo journalists with a minimum of ten years of experience are eligible to apply. The Senior Journalists Seminars will include a total of 10-14 journalists from the United States and countries with substantial Muslim populations. Journalists who cover foreign and diplomatic relations, security, military affairs, domestic politics and government, religion, human rights issues, culture, and the arts are eligible. For more information regarding eligibility, please visit the Senior Journalists Seminar webpage.

The EWC requires journalists to file at least one story or a series of blogs and/or tweets resulting from their participation in the seminar. Journalists must offer specific story ideas and how you will fulfill this requirement in your application.

Funding: The 2019 Senior Journalists Seminar is funded by the East-West Center, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute. All participants are responsible for the Senior Journalists Seminar fee of USD$800.00, visa fees, health insurance and airline baggage charges. EWC encourages additional participant cost-sharing of programmatic costs and considers cost-sharing in the selection of applicants. For more information about the 2019 Senior Journalists Seminar and for instructions on how to apply, please visit

Application Deadline is Thursday, May 23, 2019

Apply Now!

Two events for journalists, editors, writers, content creators, & designers in Spore (May 10 & 11)

Dear member

Please mark your calendars: Two events next Friday 10 May and Saturday 11 May for journalists, editors, writers, content creators, and designers in Singapore.

Exclusive tour of the Singapore Botanic Gardens – Singapore’s UNESCO World Heritage Site
Friday 10 May, 9 – 11 AM
National Orchid Garden and Learning Forest

Meet participants of WAN-IFRA’s Publish Asia and Newsroom Summit conferences at this specially-curated tour of the Singapore Botanic Gardens! (and use promo codePA19_15%Offer#SPC if you wish to get 15% off your 8-9 May conference ticket!)

Established in 1859 by the Agri-Horticultural Society, the Singapore Botanic Gardens was designed by Lawrence Niven, whose work reflected the English Garden style that influenced the emergence of numerous English landscape gardens and public parks from the 18th century until this period. Today, this layout, as well as its historic 19th and 20th century buildings, remains almost entirely intact. Learn about the Gardens’ rich history and its role as an internationally-recognised institution of tropical botany and horticulture with a collection of over 650,000 specimens.

This special tour for conference participants and their guests includes a visit to theNational Orchid Garden with more than 700 species and 3,000 hybrids. Its VIP Garden displays hybrids named after famous personalities such as Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher and many world leaders. Also included is a walk through the Gardens’ latest 10-hectare attraction called the Learning Forest, part of its Tyersall-Gallop extension (Tyersall Park was the site of a fictional mansion estate in Kevin Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians” trilogy). Walk through lowland rainforest and restored freshwater wetland habitats, marvel at huge palms, epiphytes and climbers from an elevated 8-metre high boardwalk on the SPH Walk of Giants and peer down at the crowns of trees forming the forest’s Canopy Web.

In the event of bad weather, participants will visit the Botany Centre which houses the Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Museum, Singapore Herbarium and an orchid breeding laboratory.

Participants are to make their own way to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Alight at the Tyersall Gate Carpark on Tyersall Ave by 8:45am to meet your WAN-IFRA representative. DO NOT BE LATE. At 9am, one group will proceed to the Learning Forest Visitor Counter, while the other will set off for the National Orchid Garden Clock Tower. Both are close to Tyersall Gate. If you miss the start of the tour, meet at the National Orchid Garden Clock Tower at 10am to join one of the groups for the rest of the tour.

IF IT RAINS HEAVILY: proceed to the Tanglin Gate at the junction of Holland/Cluny Roads and meet at the Visitor Information area of the Botany Centre, which is next to Tanglin Gate.

See map at

Register HERE for the tour. Limited places available!

Google Tools for Journalists
The Asian American Journalists Association’s Training Network’s Open Workshop is a FREE program for journalists, freelancers, media professionals, students, educators and any others who want to learn the latest Google News Initiative tools to enhance digital journalism and content creation skills.

The next round of training will be held in TWO locations: Singapore and Hong Kong. They will be held concurrently and we will connect both locations via videoconferencing during the coffee break so you can network with media professionals in both markets. If you’re attending AAJA-Asia’s 2019 N3CON this year in Hong Kong, it will be a great chance to get to know your fellow conference attendees and find out more about the workshops and events. To sign up, please fill out the form below. BREAKFAST is included!


Date: Sat 11 May, 9:30am – 1:00pm

9:30  –  Breakfast
10:00  –  Workshop Part 1
11:15  –  Coffee Break / Networking between HK & SINGAPORE
11:45  –  Workshop Part 2
1:00  –   Networking / AAJA N3CON Pre-mixer
1:30  –   Leave Google Complex

Best Regards

Management Committee
Singapore Press Club