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S’poreans react to The Straits Times winning 15 out of 18 awards at SPH awards ceremony

S’poreans react to The Straits Times winning 15 out of 18 awards at SPH awards ceremony

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Three thoughts you must have had.


The Straits Times won 15 out of 18 awards at the Singapore Press Holdings’ annual awards ceremony for its English, Malay and Tamil Media Group on March 22, including a Journalist of the Year award.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:


sian-half-auntie “Only 15? Why not 1,000?”
Gey Xiao, 43-year-old entrepreneur


sian-half-uncle “Must have been hard keeping a straight face when receiving the awards.”
Yin Tou Jiang, 64-year-old home remedy salesperson


happy-bird-girl Channel News Asia better win 16 awards to show them who is king of mainstream media in Singapore.”
Hao Seow, 19-year-old magician assistant
S’poreans react to The Straits Times winning 12 awards at SPH awards ceremony

S’poreans react to The Straits Times winning 12 awards at SPH awards ceremony

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Three thoughts that must have went past your mind at some point.


The Straits Times won 12 awards at the Singapore Press Holdings’ annual English/Malay/Tamil Media group awards ceremony on Thursday, March 3, including in the best journalist and story categories.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:


sian-half-auntie “Only 12? Why not 500?”
Pian Jiak, 42-year-old entrepreneur


sian-half-uncle “Must have been hard keeping a straight face when giving out the awards.”
Yin Guan Jun, 64-year-old professional hustler


happy-bird-girl “This is the same as liking your own Facebook status.”
Hao Seow, 19-year-old magician assistant


Give Singapore Press Holdings 12 Majulahs.

Posted by We Are Kanina on Thursday, March 3, 2016










S’poreans completely clueless as to who is the unnamed ST reporter charged with underage sex

S’poreans completely clueless as to who is the unnamed ST reporter charged with underage sex

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The accused’s lawyer requested court to withhold name, prosecution rolls their eyes had no objections.

A 29-year-old former reporter with The Straits Times was charged in court yesterday with three counts of having consensual sex with a minor.

However, he was not named at the request of his lawyer, who reasoned that withholding the accused’s name is for the sake of the girl, as the court had issued a gag order to not name the girl as she is young.

The SPH local scholar is accused of repeatedly porking the 15-year-old girl in 2011 and 2012.

He joined ST in 2009 but his employment was terminated on Jan. 18 this year.

Singaporeans interviewed said they have no idea who this ST reporter is, as a result of his lawyer’s request to withhold his name.

Bu Zhi Dao, a local, said: “No, no, I don’t know who because I never read his name all over Yahoo! News and numerous online forums earlier this year already.”

“I wonder if the prosecution did not object the lawyer’s request to withhold the name that time they got ahm chio anot?”







S’poreans’ brains hurting from conflicting truths

S’poreans’ brains hurting from conflicting truths

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TURDS and DICKS from official sources causing pain and suffering to people.


Singaporeans from all walks of life are having a hard time as their brains are hurting from conflicting truths.

This after the Land Transport Authority is bitch-slapping SPH for posting an article alleging that the MRT network makes use of sub-standard wooden planks.

LTA has labelled the SPH article “inaccurate” and “irresponsible”.

This occurred a few days after The Singapore Army condemned the publicity stunt featuring fake NS men getting shouted at in the CBD on its Facebook page on Friday. It said it was ‘disappointed’ as it was not informed about it beforehand.

However, this statement is in conflict with the fact that SAFRA Radio and Cyberpioneer, both official media news channels for the Singapore Armed Forces, had been promoting the event on their Facebook pages on Friday.

Tao Jin Tia, a Singaporean Son, said: “Help my brain very pain! SAF say they weren’t informed but they clearly knew about it!”

“Now LTA scold SPH for writing false information!”

“Ng Eng Hen help me, I’m getting hit by TURDS (Threats Untruths Rumours Distortions and Smears) and DICKS (Disturbing Incriminations Crippling Knowledge Systems).”

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen had said on Saturday that DRUMS (Distortions, Rumours, Untruths, Misinformation and Smears) could spread far and wide from the Internet and even cause confusion and chaos in Singapore.

Singaporeans then pointed out that FARTS, TURDS, DICKS were also threats to national defence.

SPH’s new extortion business “a stroke of genius”

SPH’s new extortion business “a stroke of genius”

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Struck by lacklustre newspaper sales and a series of unfortunate incidents which has dealt a severe blow to its credibility, Singapore Press Holdings, the country’s most reliable source of news, has unveiled an extortion business unit in an attempt to recover lost profits.

The new department, called STEAL, adopts the best practices from loansharks — by asking small businesses to pay exorbitant hidden fees after they are featured in any of SPH’s publications.

This is in line with SPH’s mission to engage minds and enrich lives — their own.

STEAL’s most recent client is celebrity couple Daniel Ong and Jaime Teo, who run a successful business called Twelve Cupcakes. They were recently interviewed by The Straits Times, The New Paper, plus a couple of magazines, all owned by SPH. The couple shared the stories on their Facebook Page, as anyone would. Read the full story

Singapore Press Holdings draws first blood

Singapore Press Holdings draws first blood

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Evidence of plagiarism claims gets airing in court of public opinion to swing tide against Yahoo!.

With the law suit yet to be fought in the court of law, guess what Singapore Press Holdings did?

They have taken the initiative by presenting its case against Yahoo! for copyright infringement to the court of public opinion.

Previously, a month ago, SPH had claimed that 23 articles from its newspapers were allegedly reproduced substantially on Yahoo! Southeast Asia’s websites over a 12-month period.

But no details regarding the exact articles were revealed, except that they included political and crime stories that were first published in the print editions of the Straits Times, The New Paper and My Paper.

However, on Wednesday, SPH up the ante by providing a side-by-side comparison of one such article it deemed Yahoo! had plagiarised.

Not only that, SPH also issued a statement saying Yahoo! had obtained a ‘free ride’ by reproducing its news content on its website without the company’s permission.

SPH also refuted counter-claims by Yahoo! that its full-of-shit, monkey-assed website Stomp had breached any copyright for reposting two Yahoo! articles between Oct. 26 and 28 this year.

SPH’s supposedly clever defence? They are claiming ignorance as they had no knowledge that Yahoo!’s articles were being posted in Stomp by third parties.

Stomp, you see, is primarily operated by faceless impotent voyeurs and relies on nincompoop-generated content.

Below is the side-by-side comparison of the report published in The Straits Times on Feb 1 this year, under the headline ‘Drink driving ‘obituary’ gets run down’, as well as the version published by Yahoo! Singapore the same day, with the headline ‘Drink driving ad receives flak for being ‘too obvious”.

Perhaps with Yahoo!’s counter-claims threatening to derail SPH’s case, the traditional media company is going on the offensive by getting the public to see things from their point-of-view – like how they got the public to gain a perspective of T.T. Durai and the National Kidney Foundation in July 2005 through their reporting.

Straits Times’ reach dropping

Straits Times’ reach dropping

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But print newspapers still dominant despite high Internet penetration rate.

ByTerence Lee

News speak

Circulation: A newspaper’s circulation refers to the number of newspapers that are distributed each day.

Readership/reach: Readership figures, which are usually higher than circulation, measures how many individuals read a newspaper, either on a daily or weekly basis.


“I prefer print newspapers because all the news is already presented there already, I don’t need to look for them elsewhere. Anyway, looking at the computer screen for too long is a bit tiring also. But since the hall I stay in has no newspaper, so I’ll read online.” — Mr Martin Koh, 24, engineering student at NTU

“Reading news online is more convenient for me because I’m online everyday, so I can open a new tab on my browser and visit the Channel NewsAsia website to read. With the actual hard copy, I actually have to spend time to find out which page to flip to.” — Ms Tan Xiangwei, 20, marketing assistant

HERE’S a story you won’t see on the pages of The Straits Times: Singapore’s flagship paper has been on slow decline in reach and circulation over the past decade.

While the paper engages in an annual exercise of using the Nielsen Media Index to boast about its fantastic readership figures (typical marketing spiel, no doubt), a deeper analysis gives a more nuanced picture.

From 2002 to 2010, Straits Times’ daily reach among Singaporeans over 15 has dropped from 43 percent to 36 percent, according to the Index conducted through the years.

Circulation figures, revealed in the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH is Straits Times’ parent company) annual reports, also showed a decline from 390,363 at the turn of the millennium to 365,800 this year – hardly flattering.

But no doomsday scenario is forthcoming. Journalists in the mainstream papers more or less have secure jobs, unless they mess up big time or piss off some big shots in government. Nice bonuses seem to be on the cards for them too, judging by the healthy economy.

While a smaller proportion of Singaporeans are reading the printed copy of the Straits Times, raw readership figures have held steady. The Index reported that daily readership has ballooned from 1.32 million five years ago to about 1.4 million in 2009.

“…it tells you about their priorities. Condo – important. Information? Well, if it defaces my condo marble, I’ll say no.” – Ang Peng Hwa

This phenomena of falling circulation and reach versus rising raw readership can be explained by population growth. The daily paper might have seen more readers, but the growth is not bigger than the change in population.

Despite the apparent stagnation in print readership, the latest Index revealed that only 27 percent of Singaporeans read online news daily. This is a paradox considering how wired, or wi-fied, Singaporeans are.

Some observers have noted a lack of online publications that does thorough news coverage as a reason why readers are not flocking online. But this does not account for the fact that even mainstream media websites are struggling to capture eyeballs on the Internet.

The Straits Times website, for example, only received visits from 4.3 percent of Singaporeans last year.

Comparing apples with apples, general Internet use in Singapore pales in comparison to other wealthy countries like South Korea and Japan, said Professor Ang Peng Hwa of the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University.

He cited the statistic that nine out of ten condominiums were more concerned about the appearance of the residences than getting the Next Generation National Broadband Network.

“So it tells you about their priorities. Condo – important. Information? Well, if it defaces my condo marble, I’ll say no. So I’m a little bit puzzled by the high percentage of people rejecting that,” he added.

Ang noted, however, that no study has been done on this phenomena locally. But he highlighted some general trends.

“Broadly speaking, high Internet use in a society is linked with strong civil liberties or how much people trust one another,” he said.

Culture also has a major influence. South Koreans, for example, have a tendency to help one another on the Internet. That trait probably contributed to the success of OhMyNews, a citizen journalism website where readers double as reporters, often without monetary reward.

For now, it seems that the newspaper industry in Singapore is still healthy. Today newspaper, a daily tabloid run my MediaCorp, has seen rising readership and reach over the past few years, although it is still nowhere near the level of The Straits Times.

And while other SPH papers like The New Paper and Lianhe Zaobao are losing ground, new bilingual publication Mypaper is picking up the slack, registering strong growth.

Overall, daily English newspaper readership has held steady at about 50 percent over the past decade, although daily newspaper readership as a whole has declined 15 percent, from 87 percent in 2002 to 73 percent now.

Could all this change with the introduction of tablets like the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab? Each of them have sold over one million units globally within the first month of their respective launches, signalling the arrival of the next computing revolution.

If Singaporeans pick up the habit of reading news on these devices, then perhaps we can finally witness a shakeup in the newspaper industry over the next few years.