SPC invite to join our April Fool’s Media vs PR Trivia Quiz Night! Thursday, April 1st from 7pm – sign up as Player or Spectator by Friday, March 26

(1 April 2021)

Wise men say only fools rush in, but if you can’t help falling in love with trivia, it’s now or never.

Singapore Press Club’s MEDIA VS PR TRIVIA QUIZ NIGHT is back with a special April Fool’s edition, hosted by resident trivia maestro Ranajit Dam.

If you’re a newshound (dog) who’s up to speed with the latest headlines and current affairs, or a PR pro who enjoys your random factoids as much as them random tabloids, gather your fellow suspicious minds and good luck charm for an unforgettable evening.

Date: 1 April 2021, Thursday
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Zoom (virtual event)

Prizes up for grabs!
The top 3 winning teams will walk away with a big hunk o’ love and prizes courtesy of the Singapore Press Club.



1st prize worth $250
Margarita’s @ Dempsey Hill Lunch invite for 2 
 + 1 bottle of Auchentoshan
 12 years whiskey  

2nd prize worth $150
Margarita’s @Dempsey Hill lunch invite for 1 
 + 1 bottle of 
Auchentoshan 12 years whiskey  

3rd prize worth $100
1 bottle of 
Auchentoshan 12 years whiskey  

All winners (and team members) will receive a Travel adaptor plug with USB port worth $20.

How to register?
Form a team of up to 8 persons and sign up via the Google Form.

Upon confirmation, we will send each player/team a link for the event.
If you’re lonesome tonight, that’s all right: You have the option of being assigned to a team of fellow solo players.

Deadline for registration is 26 March 2021, Friday.

Spectators are welcome: Come cheer your favourite team on or just soak up  the fun! 

Quiz rules
  • Team members (max 8 per team) may choose to either communicate with each other remotely and privately, or gather at someone’s house while observing safe distancing and visiting rules.
  • Please don’t be cruel by Googling your answers. This quiz will operate on the journalistic principles of integrity and honesty. May the best team win fair and square.
  • Cameras on please. As this is an interactive game and networking opportunity, it would be a heartbreak (hotel) not to see everyone’s faces.
  • Any dispute over points and answers will be resolved at the quiz master’s discretion.
  • Don’t go hungry. To ensure that you are well fed during the quiz, we have arranged for special bento menu that you can order to be delivered (*Check out the menu and payment methods below). 
  • Last but certainly not least, fun is mandatory. Come ready to be all shook up.

See you on April Fool’s! 

Your quiz organisers:

Yeo Sam Jo, SPC Management Committee Member
Lau Joon-Nie, SPC Vice President
Ranajit Dam, SPC Member & Quiz Master
Janet Wee-Ng, SPC General Manager & Management Committee Member 

All players and spectators may join for FREE.

To stay fuelled during the game, you may also order special dinner bento boxes* that will be delivered.

Simply fill in the Google Form to reguster and place your food orders.

Each bento box is priced at $26 (inclusive of GST. Excluding delivery charges)
–  Delivery charges range from $5 to $10 per location drop. 
–  Orders and payments must be made before 26 March 2021 to ensure timely delivery.

Dinner Bento Menu:

Thai Cuisine (Bento A)
Thai Papaya Salad with Dried Shrimp and Peanut
Baked Barramundi with Tom Yum Tomato Sauce, Tomato and Onion
Red Curry Thai Fish Cake with Thai Sweet Chili
Shanghai Greens with Straw Mushroom and Oyster Sauce
Thai Olive Rice with Lime, Shallot, Chili and Omelette
Mango Sticky Rice with Sesame Seed

Italian Cuisine (Bento B)
Tomato Caprese Salad with Feta Cheese
Pollack Fish Fillet Parmigiana with Tomato Fondue and Mozzarella Cheese
Chicken Meatball with Onion Gravy
Roasted Provencal Vegetable with Herbs
Mushroom Alfredo Pasta with Green Pea
Vanilla Panna Cotta with Berries Compote

SPC Knowledge Webinar: learn creative flower photography with DSLR & Smartphone – by The Photographic Society of Singapore – Wed, 17 March, 8pm

Free Webinar on Photography 

“Creative Flower Photography with DSLR & Smartphone”
Wednesday, 17 March 2021, 8pm to 9pm

Singapore Press Club is pleased to invite you to sign up for this Singapore Photographic Society’s free webinar

Click this link to find out more about the event and to join

SPC Knowledge Webinar Invite: Discover+: News Media, Virtual Panel Discussion, 6 April 2021, Tuesday | Time: 7.30pm to 9:00pm

Discover+: News Media, an online panel put together by Advisory for students and young professionals interested in finding out more about the News Media field in Singapore. You can look forward to hearing from professionals including Yeo Sam Jo (Multimedia Correspondent, The Straits Times), Daniel Ho Sheng (Director, Business & Operations Excellence, Mothership), Eugene Wong (Executive Director, Forbes), Bryan Huang (Lead Producer, Yahoo) and more about their experiences and the advice they have for youths interested in entering the industry.

Event Details
Date: 6 April 2021, Tuesday | Time: 7.30pm to 9:00pm
Registration Deadline: 6 April 2021, Tuesday (12pm)
Sign-up and secure your spot at this link!
As a brief background, Advisory (www.advisory.sg) is a fully youth-led nonprofit that aims to empower young Singaporeans from all walks of life to make informed career and further education choices. By breaking down the barriers that young people face in finding out about occupations and industry, Advisory endeavours to level the playing field and support students aged 16-25 to pursue their aspirations. Founded in 2016, they’ve done this through an online repository of interviews (viewed more than 186,000 times by more than 84,000 users), their online and offline industry engagement events and learning journeys (which have engaged over 7,000 students), and support for schools. Their work has been featured by Prime Minister Lee Hsien LoongMinister Grace Fu; and Senior Parliamentary Secretary Baey Yam Keng; covered by media outlets like Channel NewsAsia, The Straits Times, Berita Harian, Vasantham, Rice Media, The Smart Local, Shin Min Daily, Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao; and been endorsed by such institutions as the National University of Singapore, the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, and the Rhodes Trust.

For more of who they are and what they do, check out their website and 2020 Impact Report
If you have any questions at all, you can contact Advisory at contact@advisory.sg
We look forward to seeing you at Discover+: News Media!

Best Regards
Janet Wee
General Manager
Singapore Press Club

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 gm@pressclub.org.sg or secretariat@pressclub.org.sg 

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: https://sopawards.com.

SOPA would also be offering a subsidy for first-time entrants (USD$25). You will find more details here https://sopawards.com/the-sopa-awards/2021-entry-fees/ and in their FAQ section here: https://sopawards.com/the-sopa-awards/rules-faq/

The press releases in English and Chinese versions are posted on https://sopawards.com/news-room/.  

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 mail@sopasia.com

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

Janet Wee
General Manager
Singapore Press Club

SPC Invite: Join this free webinar presented by ST and WEF – Geopolitical Reset 2021: Implications for Asia live on Jan 29 at 7pm SGT (12pm CET).

A follow up on post US Elections webinars, Singapore Press Club is pleased to invite you to join this upcoming webinar titled Geopolitical Reset 2021: Implications for Asia to be held this Friday, 29 January and presented by The Straits Times and the World Economic Forum (WEF)

What can countries in Asia expect from a new US President and administration? And how will continuing competition for influence between America and China play out in the region? Will Sino-US tensions on trade and technology ease with a new administration, and if Mr. Biden’s proposed Summit for Democracy will be well received or pose more challenges for Asia. These questions and more will be addressed in this webinar 

The webinar will feature these panelists:

Professor Chan Heng Chee, Ambassador-at-Large and Chair of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities and she was the former Singapore ambassador to the United States

Professor Wang Gungwu is a University Professor at NUS Arts and Social Sciences and a leading scholar on Sino-Southeast Asian historical relations.

Mr. George Yeo, Senior Adviser to Kuok Group and former Singapore Foreign Minister. Mr. Yeo has taken on advisory roles in various organisations including Peking University, Nalanda University, Mitsubishi Corporation, AIA, and Pinduoduo.

Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished fellow at the Asia Research Institute. He was the first Singapore Ambassador to serve on the UN Security Council and was also previously appointed the Founding Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

The webinar will be moderated by ST Associate Editor Vikram Khanna. The ST’s US Bureau Chief, Mr Nirmal Ghosh, and China Bureau Chief Tan Dawn Wei will also join in the conversation.

The webinar is being held in conjunction with the Davos Agenda 2021 week, which runs from Monday to Friday, where more than 1,500 business, government and civil society leaders from over 70 countries will attend a series of virtual sessions to discuss global issues under the theme, “A crucial year to rebuild trust”.

Geopolitical Reset 2021: Implications for Asia

Date: 29 January 2021 at 7pm SGT (12pm CET)
The webinar will also be streamed on
ST’s Facebook and YouTube pages

SPC Knowledge Webinar Invite: EAI Distinguished Public Lecture on “China’s Domestic and External Economic Challenges” on Zoom, Fri Jan 29, 10am (SGT)

EAI Distinguished Public Lecture on Zoom

TopicChina’s Domestic and External Economic Challenges

Dr David Dollar

Senior Fellow, China Center, Brookings Institution, USA

DateFriday, 29 January 2021
Time10:00 am – 11:30 am (Singapore Time)
Join us on Zoom

The EAI Distinguished Public Lecture series will be hosted on Zoom until further notice.

Please click on https://nus-sg.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WqiHNv6nRSeL4VJSmI7xew

to register for the seminar using your device with internet connection (computer, phone or tablet).

If you are unable to register using Internet Explorer, please use an alternative browser such as Google Chrome.

AbstractIn 2021, the Chinese Communist Party celebrates its hundredth anniversary and entering the New Year in enviable shape. China managed to regain control of COVID-19 early on and is poised to bounce back strongly with a projected 8% growth in 2021. Meanwhile, exports are roaring ahead as other countries are still recovering from COVID-19. Despite this short-term success, the country faces daunting domestic and external challenges in the medium term. On the domestic side, demographic shifts will result in a declining labour force and put a premium on geographic mobility. Overreliance on investment as a driver for demand growth has led to inefficiency and waste, and a steep rise in the debt to GDP ratio, which is risking a financial crisis. To maintain growth at reasonably high levels while managing these issues of labour and investment will require innovation to become a major driver of growth. On the external side, even under the new Biden administration, the trade war with the United States is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon, with tariffs and restrictions on technology imports likely to stay. China recent signed the RCEP trade agreement with 14 other Asian countries, and the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) with the European Union offers new opportunities for growth that complements the domestic reform agenda.
About the SpeakerDavid Dollar is a senior fellow in the China Center at the Brookings Institution and host of the Dollar & Sense podcast on international trade. He is a leading expert on Asian economies and US relations with Asia. His most recent book is China 2049, co-authored with economists from Peking University. From 2009 to 2013 he was the US Treasury’s economic and financial emissary to China, based in Beijing. Before his time at Treasury, Dollar worked at the World Bank for 20 years. He was the country economist for Vietnam from 1989 to 1995, a period of intense reform and adjustment. From 1995 to 2004, Dollar worked in the World Bank’s research department and published articles on trade and growth, economic reform in the developing world, and aid effectiveness. From 2004 to 2009 he was country director for China and Mongolia. Prior to his World Bank career, Dollar was an assistant professor of economics at the University of California, Los Angeles and spent a semester in Beijing teaching at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He has a PhD in economics from New York University and a BA in Asian studies from Dartmouth College.

Photography and videography may be carried out during the event by EAI for its print publications, digital platforms and/or marketing channels.

For enquiries, please contact the Institute at 6516 3708 / 6516 8333 or

email: eaiwym@nus.edu.sg / james_tan@nus.edu.sg

East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore
469A Bukit Timah Road, Tower Block #06-01, Singapore 259770

Through The Lens Exhibition by The Straits Times and World Press Photo (16 Jan – 7 Feb) and Photojournalism Webinar (Jan 27, Wed, 12.30pm)

Dear Friends,

Singapore Press Club is pleased to invite you to view Through The Lens photo exhibitions by The Straits Times and World Press Photo held at the National Museum of Singapore (The Concourse level 1 and The Canyon at basement) from Saturday, January 16 to Sunday February 7, 2021. It is open to the public daily, admission is free. 

Through The Lens comprises an exhibition by The Straits Times (this year, the ST exhibition will focus on coverage of Covid-19 in Singapore) and an exhibition by the World Press Photo (which celebrates most powerful, provocative and poignant images from around the world).

Join us as well for this Webinar on Photojournalism

Covering Covid-19 – Documenting a new normal amid the pandemic Featuring ST photojournalists As social distancing becomes part of the new landscape, many of us have had to rethink our lifestyles and get creative in the ways we connect, gather, eat and work.

Through visual features that captured how coronavirus impacted lives in 2020, The Straits Times photojournalists discuss the role that photojournalism plays during a public health crisis, as well as the challenges and importance of showing the human face – and cost – of the pandemic.

Date: Wed, Jan 27
Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Register by Jan 24, 6pm    

Successful registrants will be sent a unique link prior to the webinar

(1) Webinar on Trauma Literacy for Newsroom Leaders (27 Jan, 12noon SGT on Zoom) and (2) free Newsroom Guide on reporting of health crises

Dear members,

SPC is pleased to offer you two great resources related to handling crises reporting.

  • Webinar on Trauma Literacy for Newsroom Leaders on 27 January 2021 at 12noon SGT on Zoom
  • Newsroom Guide on pandemic reporting – free download

Starting 2021,  WAN-IFRA is working with Dart Centre APAC in Australia to offer this special training series on how to protect against and prevent trauma and help newsrooms build resiliency and put in place workplace processes which safeguard employees’ mental health and well-being.

This free webinar will come with live translation in Bahasa Indonesia, Cantonese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin.

SPC members are invited to register for a free introductory webinar on 27 January 2021 held at 12noon SGT on Zoom.

You can also share with your friends and colleagues who may benefit from this valuable training.

For more details and to register, visit tiny.cc/traumalit

A free download of a Newsroom Guide with expert views and advice for media professionals and newsrooms to navigate reporting of health crises
It’s a great Covid19 reporting resource. This newsroom guide is a distillation of expert views and advice, drawn from the World Editors Forum Science in the Newsroom project. It covers newsgathering, storytelling and innovative techniques to help journalists, editors and newsrooms navigate COVID-19 and future health crises.

Register here to get your free copy


The handbook is produced by the World Editors Forum, the network for editors within WAN-IFRA.