The inevitability of pandemics: is Asia Pacific prepared? Take-aways from the virtual event held on 12 November 2020

This webinar hosted by Singapore Press Club and supported by Roche Diagnostics addressed the question about pandemics. COVID-19 is not the first pandemic the world has seen, and it certainly won’t be the last. But it has once again laid bare inherent weaknesses in the world’s infectious disease surveillance and response capabilities. Correcting these weaknesses will be no small task. Significant efforts have been made to navigate the current crisis, but without a long-term view on the management of infectious diseases, the strategies of today may not do much to prevent future epidemics and pandemics.  Renowned academics, clinicians and health economic experts from around the region participated in a 90 minutes discussion about the way forward, and what it will take for Asia Pacific to be prepared for when, not if, the next pandemic strikes. Being a virtual forum, we were able to get over 50 sign ups, mainly journalists from around the region’s 27 media titles. Attendees were from Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Hong Kong. 

Zakir Hussain, Vice President Singapore Press Club & Singapore Editor, The Straits Times made a welcome address to the attendees with a simple message that “the pandemic has highlighted the need for collaboration and partnership across society, including media organisations and this event is testament to that.”

A big thanks to our SPC member Ms Shefali Rekhi, Asian Insider Editor, The Straits Times & Asia News Network Editor, for doing a great job in moderating the 3 sessions with the 10 panellists experts from the region in the healthcare sector, including a doctor who had the Covid19 and recovered.  After the session, Shefali commented that “the topic of infectious diseases is very timely, and as media we need to build and continue on such discussions to raise better awareness and provide accurate information”.

Click below image to watch a round up and recordings of the event

Read more information from the speakers from the Dia:gram magazine. Click image to download

11.11 Webinar: Catch the panel discussion on the “Job Opportunities in the new media and digital marketing sector”.

What are the current issues, job opportunities and training available for the media and marketing  industry? 
A webinar discussion on Tuesday 11 November 2020  was held to address burning questions for the panellists from Singapore Press Club (SPC), National Trades Union Congress (NTUC)/UPME and the Market Research Society Singapore (MRSS).


Many thanks to the panel of speakers – Lau Joon Nie, Vice President of Singapore Press Club, Manisha from Republic Polytechnic and MRSS and Melvin Yong, Assistant Secretary General, NTUC for sharing their insights about how #PMETs can successfully transition into this industry and opportunities in the new trend of digital media, marketing and PR. Thanks to Selena Oh from Write Sel Communications & member of Singapore Press Club for Moderating the session and keeping the session engaging with lots of questions from webinar attendees.

If you’ve missed it, you can view the session recording from this link.


Sign up for Free by Nov 23 / Special F&B Deals Available

Calling all trivia buffs and aficionados! Are you a journalist who’s up to speed with the latest headlines and current affairs? Or a PR professional who loves your random factoids as much as them random tabloids?

If so, gather your fellow trivia-loving friends and come take part in our inaugural MEDIA VS PR TRIVIA QUIZ NIGHT – organised by the Singapore Press Club and hosted by trivia maestro Ranajit Dam.

Date: 25 November 2020, Wednesday
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: Google Meet (virtual event)

Prizes up for grabs!
The top 3 winning teams will walk away with awesome F&B prizes, courtesy of the Singapore Press Club and our generous sponsors.

1st prize:
$200 worth of Dempsey Hill dining & shopping vouchers courtesy of Country City Investment + 2 bottles of wine

2nd prize:
$150 worth of Lazy Lizard dining vouchers + 2 bottles of wine

3rd prize:
2 bottles of wine

How to register?
Form a team of up to 8 persons and sign up via Google Form via this link

Solo players who would like us to assign them to a team of fellow solo players have the option of doing so. 

We will send each team a Google Meet link for the event upon confirmation.

Deadline for registration is 23 November 2020, Monday.

Quiz rules

– Team members (max 8 per team) may choose to either communicate with each other remotely via private chat, or gather at someone’s home for dinner while observing safe distancing and visiting rules.

– Please do NOT Google your answers. This quiz will operate on the journalistic principles of integrity and honesty – may the best team win fair and square!

– Any dispute over points and answers will be resolved at the quiz master’s discretion.

– Don’t play on an empty stomach. To ensure that you are well fed to survive the quiz, we have arranged for special food & drink discounts (check out the offerings from this link
and order menu and guide:             ).

– Fun is mandatory. As a bonus, the wackiest answers in each round will be read out for your amusement.
Food & Drinks Discount 
To keep your team fueled during the competition, take advantage of great discounts of 10-20% when you order from any of the four Lazy Lizard outlets or their sister eatery, Kim Eng Chicken Rice!*

SPC members and invited friends participating in quiz night (25 Nov) can all enjoy these discounts, simply flash or cite the discount promo

Pay by PayNow for delivery or self-collection; and by cash/credit card/PayNow for dine-in and takeout. Place delivery orders by 23 Nov or at least two hours before the event to ensure timely arrival.

*Terms and Conditions:
– Valid for orders placed directly at the outlet for dine-in/take-out, or via phone calls for self-collection/delivery.
– Discount also applies to drinks menu except promotional offerings such as the Beer Buffet.

– Orders made on food delivery apps or websites are not eligible for quiz night discounts.
– For deliveries, Grab charges typically range from $8-$20, depending on the distance, so pick the closest outlet. The manager will inform you of the delivery charge to be paid to the driver upon arrival. You will also receive a live location link to track your order.

See you online on the 25th!

Your quiz organisers:

Yeo Sam Jo, SPC Management Committee Member
Lau Joon-Nie, SPC Vice President
Ranajit Dam, SPC Member & Quiz Master

Singapore Press Club participates in World Press Clubs Alliance for Climate conference – video on Singapore’s Climate Change actions and initiatives

The Press Club Brussels Europe, which currently holds the presidency of the International Association of Press Clubs (IAPC), organised on 23 Oct 2020 a unique event in partnership with press clubs around the world – the longest ever online conference (24 hours in 24 time zones) focusing on positive climate action and innovations.

The Singapore Press Club accepted an invitation to participate in the initiative, called the World Press Clubs Alliance for Climate. We presented a 15-minute video on what Singapore is doing to tackle the challenges posed by climate change, and the role the media can play.

We are pleased that the video was commissioned through the Press Club’s recently launched Freelancer Network, in partnership with the National Youth Achievement Award Council.

The video was broadcast on 23 Oct 2020 and can be viewed at

You can also view it on the Singapore Press Club’s YouTube channel

Have a look at our video and check out the Climate Change scenes, actions and initiatives in Singapore and around the world.

Video Presented by:  Singapore Press Club

In partnership with: National Youth Achievement Awards Council

Video Produced by: Mr. Manimaran Govindasamy, a member of Singapore Press Club Freelancer Network

Copyrighted SPH pictures in video and here, used with permission thanks to The Straits Times.