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Which ten schools will meet for the showdown for The Straits Times National Schools Newspaper Competition?

Singapore, 16 October 2006 - The ten short listed schools for The Straits Times National Schools Newspaper Competition are out!

Short listed from 25 entries by a panel of Straits Times judges, these ten schools will be taking part in a 24-hour Newspaper Challenge. This dynamic hands-on challenge will take place on December 4th, where each editorial team of 5 students will be given one day to produce a four-page newspaper - with assignments given on the day itself, and working in an environment that simulates the newsroom.

The 10 secondary schools and their student publications are:

? Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) Acsday
? Ang Mo Kio Secondary School AmkFusion
? Bukit View Secondary School Higher Ground
? Cedar Girls Secondary School Ink
? CHIJ Katong Convent Et Cetera
? CHIJ St Nicholas Girls´ School Connexions
? Greenview Secondary School V3
? Raffles Institution Rafflesian Times
? Raffles Girls School (Secondary) Tribune
? Victoria School Victoriana

Serene Goh, Editor for IN, the secondary student publication of The Straits Times, said, “This year, the quality is generally higher, with more thought from student editors and shown in the way that stories are written. The publications each also have their own identities, which show quite clearly what is happening in schools.”

In November, the student editorial teams of the ten schools will be sent on a one-day training session on Microsoft Publisher, courtesy of sponsor Microsoft.

Attractive prizes, including a Lenovo Thinkpad and desktops, await this year´s winners of The Straits Times National Schools Newspaper Competition. They are:

Gold award – $3000 cash & ThinkPad X41 worth $2949
Silver award – $2000 cash & Lenovo 3000 J105 desktop worth $1499
Bronze award – $1000 cash & Lenovo 3000 J105 desktop worth $1499
Three Merit awards - $500 cash each
Four Consolation prizes - $200 cash each

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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For more information, please contact:

Shahrena Hassan
Assistant Manager
The Straits Times Editorial Projects Unit
Tel: 6319 5097

About Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Main board listed Singapore Press Holdings Limited is the leading media company in Singapore, in the print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. It publishes 14 newspapers in the four official languages, including Singapore’s first free Chinese newspaper, My Paper, and over 80 magazine titles. Everyday, 2.7 million individuals, or 83 per cent of the people above 15 years old, read one of the SPH publications. Its Internet Business Unit manages the online editions of SPH’s major newspapers, which enjoy over 100 million pageviews from 6 million unique visitors every month. More recent online additions are the classified website, ST701, and STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Internet and via mobile messaging.

SPH owns and operates Paragon, the prime shopping and office building in the heart of Orchard Road. Paragon features international brands and luxury goods, restaurants serving wide-ranging cuisines and lifestyle facilities such as spas and a fitness club.

SPH also owns a 20% stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40% stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes free sheet Today. SPH has a 70% stake in SPH UnionWorks, which operates two entertainment radio channels, Radio 100.3 in Chinese and Radio 91.3 in English. In addition, SPH holds an 80% stake in SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest LED network media company, and a 35% stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.