Singapore, 27 July 2011 – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and SPH Foundation today presented a total of 30 scholarships at the annual scholarship awards presentation ceremony held at the SPH News Centre.
Dr Cham Tao Soon, Acting Chairman of SPH, gave out six SPH Journalism scholarships and 10 SPH Foundation Lim Kim San Memorial scholarships.
In addition, 14 scholarships were presented to the children of SPH employees and newspaper vendors by Mr Alan Chan, Chief Executive Officer of SPH.
In his opening address, Dr Cham spoke about the changes in the media industry and how SPH views the changes as opportunities for the media company. He said: “SPH has been in the forefront of all the latest media trends. Some of our journalists are working at AsiaOne, The Straits Times Razor TV, STOMP and omy.sg. The Straits Times will be launching its new ST iPad and enhanced iPhone editions this year. We also have plans to re-launch our online products in months to come. Technology is changing the way journalists tell stories. All these changes present new learning opportunities for our staff.”
“While we adapt to the rapid changes around us, the good, old adage that “Content is King” remains relevant. The newsrooms need talented people who can produce inspiring work to survive in both the print and digital world. We also need visionaries who can effect positive changes as the media world evolves," he added.
Dr Cham also said that as journalists, it is important to be grounded in social responsibility and public accountability, and that the recent phone hacking scandal of the News of the World was a reminder that integrity and media ethics should not be forgotten in the pursuit of news scoops and success.
Mr Heng Kang Wei, an SPH Journalism scholarship award recipient who will be pursuing a degree in International Politics at Peking University in China, said: "The role of a journalist has always been three prong: to inform, to educate and to entertain. He stands on the frontline of news and current affairs, and his writing should provide relevant information and insights to readers. The excitement of being able to be part of this sacred process makes me look forward to be a journalist."
Another SPH Journalism scholar recipient, Ms Kelly Tay, is currently a full-time journalist with The Business Times. Ms Tay will be pursuing her Master's degree in Journalism at Columbia University. She said:"My experience in the Business Times newsroom has been full of learning and surprises -- who knew an English Literature major would one day be poring over annual reports and IPO prospectuses! I feel extremely privileged to be mentored by some of the most knowledgeable, generous, and patient editors around. I am specifically interested in pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism at Columbia University, as their programme offers me the chance to zero in on a subject-specific concentration-- Arts and Culture. I look forward to the opportunity, and thank SPH for making this possible."
SPH Foundation Lim Kim San Memorial Scholarship
The SPH Foundation has awarded the Lim Kim San Memorial Scholarships to outstanding students pursuing languages at local tertiary institutions annually since 2006. These bond-free scholarships are targeted at helping deserving students from low-income families fund their language studies degree programmes at local universities.
One of the 10 Lim Kim San Memorial Scholarship recipients is Ms Lim Suet Ting Benita. Benita is in her third year of studies at the National University of Singapore, pursuing double majors in English Language and Chinese Studies.
She said: "I am honoured to be one of the 10 Lim Kim San Memorial Scholarship recipients this year. This scholarship will enable me to continue pursuing my studies in both English and Chinese and help me to maximise my ability to contribute to our bilingual society. I am confident I will be able to play a greater part in promoting and encouraging the usage of our mother tongue, Mandarin, by acquiring a better understanding of both languages."
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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.
Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing
In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 3 million individuals or 77 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.
Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 263 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; Stomp, omy.sg, and The Straits Times RazorTV.
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 in Chinese and 91.3FM in English.
Events and Outdoor Advertising
SPH’s events subsidiary Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s leading Digital Out-of-Home advertising company.
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its latest retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.
About Singapore Press Holdings Foundation
The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was set up in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. The seed contribution of $20 million to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.