SPH senior journalists grilled by 400 students (ST)

BackJun 04, 2010

STUDENTS at the Global Indian International School turned the tables on senior journalists when they questioned them about the ins and outs of journalism during a session organised by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH).

Nearly 400 students at the Queenstown campus covered topics such as censorship, distribution and even new media during the 90-minute session on Wednesday.

Second-year International Baccalaureate student Srishti Bangar, 17, was fascinated by the speed at which news is generated. She said: 'It makes you want to read even if you don't usually do so.'

Their questions reflected their interests and aspirations, said English teacher Geetanjali Kannan, 41.

'They were especially amazed at how much effort goes into producing a newspaper,' she said.

The panel - comprising SPH senior vice-president for English and Malay Newspapers Peter Khoo, tabla! deputy editor Patrick Jonas, and IN and Little Red Dot editor Serene Goh - spoke candidly about how stories come together daily, dealing with deadline pressures and working with young writers.

The panel invited students to participate in The Straits Times' National Schools Newspaper Competition and this year's inaugural The Straits Times Paper Chase run, as well as to contribute to The Straits Times' YouthInk section and to tabla!

The effort to engage international students is part of the broadsheet's ongoing outreach to schools.

Mr Khoo said it is 'a great learning experience for youth involved in The Straits Times Media Club activities'.

Chairman of Global India Foundation Atul Temurnikar agreed, saying the platform can help foster better ties and understanding between international and local students. The Global Indian International School was set up in Singapore in 2002 and has 21 campuses in nine countries, including the United States and Thailand.