Notice is hereby given that the 50th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the SINGAPORE PRESS CLUB will be held online (via Zoom platform) on Monday, 31st May 2021, at 6.30pm
Members with a valid membership please click this link to view the full Notice and the meeting’s agenda. The Notice of 50th Annual General Meeting has already been emailed to members. If you did not receive the notice, please email before 25th May 2021.

Free registration for Narrative journalism conference open [Worldwide] | International Journalists’ Network (March 19, 2021)

Media professionals interested in storytelling and journalism are invited to attend this free online event.

Boston University is organizing its annual narrative journalism conference “The power of narrative” on March 19.

The daylong event will feature virtual keynotes and breakout sessions on in-depth storytelling, helping journalists strengthen their craft.

Speakers include Jelani Cobb, Ibram Kendi, Jacqui BanaszynskiFernanda SantosDavid Fahrenthold and Angel Jennings.

Registration is ongoing.

You can find more details from this link 

Singapore Press Club wishes you all the best in your training and personal development in 2021. Watch out for more training programmes recommended to you as we source them from our partners for your participation. We also welcome sharing with us if you come across a good programme we can tap on. Email me at or 

Janet Wee
General Manager
Singapore Press Club

The Society of Publishers in Asia, SOPA 2021 Journalism Awards is open for Entries; Deadline Feb 25

SOPA, the Society of Publishers in Asia, established the annual SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence in 1999 to recognize and reward great journalism in the region. The awards span 18 categories and seek to honor outstanding reporting, innovative story telling and, above all, elevate and recognize the region’s many strong local voices.

SOPA is keen to see that number rise, given Asia’s diverse media industry and would like to invite media members of Singapore Press Club to submit entries to the SOPA 2021 Awards.

You can find more details on the awards here:

SOPA would also be offering a subsidy for first-time entrants (USD$25). You will find more details here and in their FAQ section here:

The press releases in English and Chinese versions are posted on  

The strict deadline for entries submission is Thursday 3pm Feb 25 HKT. 

For further enquiries on the Awards and submissions, you can also contact SOPA at

Singapore Press Club wishes you all the best in your entries. 

Janet Wee
General Manager
Singapore Press Club

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.


SPC News on 1) MediaTrends & 2)Funding available for media companies and professionals during Covid-19

These are uncertain times. We have curated some reading materials from reliable news sources available for you to sign up for free newsletters or just click and read. We have also compiled a number of funding schemes available for freelancers, journalists and organisations looking to create innovative community news making projects, or just to help fact-checking.  Hope the links below are helpful.
You can sign up for free to read newsletter published by Wan-Ifra with information on news publishing around the world:

Here’s the fortnightly World Editors Forum newsletter:


New Trends in Newsrooms report: Amplifying Women’s Voices

Apr 8 Cherilyn Ireton, Executive Director, World Editors Forum, WAN-IFRA:

A resource curated by women is an interesting map tracking women journalists covering Covid-19. Women journalists here can add themselves to that map too:


Racism, misinformation, inclusion: How to ethically cover COVID-19

Three editors on the frontline of covering the COVID-19 pandemic joined Fergus Bell, CEO of fathm, in a WAN-IFRA webinar share insights into how to improve the quality of coverage and distance journalism from the sea of misinformation:

Apr 6    WAN-IFRA


FUNDING Journalism Emergency Funds Around the World Apr 16 Written By Vincent Peyrègne

Google launched a global journalism emergency relief fund to help small- and mid-sized newsrooms around the world. There’s no mention of fund size or grant size. There’s an emphasis on speed – Google will process applications on a rolling basis ahead of the April 29th deadline.

The Institute for War & Peace Reporting has financial support available for Southeast Asia organisations and journos to quickly design, test, and launch covid-related projects. Programs could include Fact-checking, Participatory virtual projects (i.e. virtual COVID-19 hackathons and community- driven documentations); Reporting on COVID-19 to promote accurate information and the identification of misinformation and disinformation; Radio programs;Virtual newsroom mentoring to improve reportage of COVID-19 from different perspectives (community or specific sector; country; region); Knowledge-sharing sessions around COVID-19 and its aftermath; Other projects that support the key goals of fighting disinformation, misinformation and rumor around COVID-19 in local communities. Award ceiling up to $10,000. Applications should be submitted via e-mail by Noon EST April 30, 2020 to: IWPR will confirm receipt of all proposals and their eligibility. More details of eligibility check out this link.\Singapore put together measures to help media production professionals and freelancers.
Some of that support will go into video and film production. Grants are provided to help media practitioners affected by cancelled and postponed projects.

We will continue to comb the media news world and provide curated information of importance to professionals in the media and corporate world. Till the next one, have a safe and good week ahead. 
Janet Wee General Manager

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Singapore Press Club recommends: The Phantom of the Opera will be streaming free online from UK 7pm

Dear members

The Phantom of the Opera will be the next Andrew Lloyd Webber musical to be streamed online for free as part of The Shows Must Go On Series.

It is the latest production announced as part of the initiative to make shows from Lloyd Webber’s back catalogue available to home audiences while London’s theatres are closed.

The broadcast will be of a special version of the show recorded for its 25th anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011, starring Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine. The unique staging of the show featured a cast and orchestra of over 200, and a number of special guest appearances.

It will be available to watch on The Shows Must Go On  YouTube channel from 7pm on Friday 17 April and UK audiences will have 24 hours to watch the production (Singapore time is from 2am 18 April 2020).

Youtube channel link :
If you love Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, don’t miss this opportunity to catch it from the comfort of your home.

Check out this link for more details.

Enjoy and stay safe. Have a good weekend.


Janet Wee
General Manager

The Press Club recommends: A selection of top shows, musicals & museum tours you can view online

Dear Friends of Singapore Press Club

If you love theatrical productions and art, you can feast on a selection of the top shows and collections free without leaving your home.

Arts Groups around the world are opening up their archives while theatres and museums are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Andrew Lloyd Webber is making available his full-length, smash-hit musicals once a week. You’ll have access to a new musical every Friday at 7pm BST (Singapore is currently 7 hours ahead), and each production can be viewed for 48 hours.

The line-up can be found on the Youtube channel of The Shows Must Go On

UK National Theatre:

From comedies to classics, the National Theatre is screening one show live every week. Streaming starts on Thursdays at 7pm BST (Singapore is currently 7 hours ahead) and remains available on demand for seven days.

Visit the website of National Theatre At Home for the line-up:

Louvre Museum:

During France’s coronavirus lockdown, The Louvre is offering free viewing of concerts filmed in its Auditorium. Go to the museum’s Youtube channel:

For art collections, check out its website:

Singapore National Gallery:

The National Gallery is offering its #GalleryAnywhere experience which you can enjoy right where you are. Besides digital artworks, you can have access to behind-the-scenes stories, podcasts and virtual tours. Here’s the link:

Nine Years Theatre 九年剧场:

While Singapore’s “Circuit Breaker” is on, local Mandarin theatre company Nine Years Theatre is offering free viewing of its past productions. Every Thursday, you will find a new show (Mandarin with English subtitles) on its Youtube Channel: Each recording is available for a week.

Stay connected to the Arts while you stay safe at home!

Warm regards,

Carol Foo
Asst Hon Secretary

Singapore Press Club appoints its first GM, seeks your feedback

Dear members,

Last year, ahead of the start of a new decade and the Press Club’s 50th anniversary in 2021, your Management Committee (MC) held a retreat to plan for the future and take the Club to the next level.

We were unanimous about one thing: The time had come to professionalise the Club’s secretariat and appoint a general manager. An all-volunteer MC would no longer be able to keep up our level of activities, much less take the Club higher.

I’m pleased to announce that we have appointed Janet Wee, as the Club’s GM.

Janet, who has served on the MC for nearly 6 years, retired recently from Singapore Press Holdings where she was with the Media Solutions Division. We are glad she agreed to take up the job.

So please welcome Janet on board as GM of the Singapore Press Club. For those who may not know her, do see her photo and bio below. Her email is

Janet would like to take this opportunity to get your feedback on the type of activities that both you and your friends and guests would like her to do more of. Please click this link to give us your feedback:

The MC and I would like to thank you for your continued support of the Press Club. We remain fully committed to serve you and our valued members and grow the Club further.

Unfortunately, given the Code Orange Covid-19 situation, we’ve had to put on hold most activities we had planned for February and March. We hope to resume our events as soon as we can.

In the meantime, we have negotiated some F&B offers for our members to enjoy with your family and friends. Just show your membership card (or a screenshot of your valid card) to enjoy privileges at the following places:

Winestone Restaurant, Bar & Retail @ Novotel Singapore on Stevens, 30 Stevens Road : 25% discount
Orchard Cafe @ Orchard Hotel : 20% discount
Cornerstone Wines & Spirits distributor : selected wines and spirits at special low prices
(Scroll below for details and offer terms & conditions)

Lastly, our Annual General Meeting is around the corner. Do mark the AGM date in your calendar: Thurs, April 23, 2020. Dinner will be served from 6pm. We’ll let you know the venue nearer the date. We will also send out a formal notice, together with the AGM documents.

Take care and stay safe,

Best wishes,

Patrick Daniel
Singapore Press Club

Meet the Singapore Press Club’s new GM!