‘Young people and communication technologies: Emerging challenges in generational analysis’

Assoc. Prof Lim Sun Sun presented her paper on ‘Young people and communication technologies: Emerging challenges in generational analysis’ at the opening plenary of the 65th ICA Annual Conference. Read more here

Assoc Prof Lim Sun Sun presenting her paper at the ICA Annual Conference 2015

Assoc Prof Lim Sun Sun presenting her paper at the ICA Annual Conference 2015

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Assoc Prof Lim Sun Sun with other delegates at the ICA Annual Conference 2015


Heart2Climb – Appeal for donations to raise funds for Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF)

1622129_1400487330226946_6487300517264641011_nCNM Student Ashik Ashokan and his friend who are behind Heart2Climb –  an effort to raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF), will be scaling Asia’s Highest Volcano, Mt Damavand in Iran. In doing so, they hope to “to create awareness and raise funds for these brave children who are battling cancer and conquering ‘their own mountains’.” Ashik would like to appeal to the CNM family to come forward and donate to make a difference to the lives of children battling cancer.

In Ashik’s own words: ” In 2014, together with a friend from SIM, I trekked 220km in the Himalayas without the aid of porters and guides to raise over $50 000 for Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD). We were humbled by receiving  the Silent Heroes Role Model Award from Minister Indranee Rajah and NUS Student Achievement Award after the campaign’s completion.

This year in 2015, together with the same friend, I aim to climb Asia’s Highest Volcano, Mt Damavand in Iran, without the aid of porters or guides , to raise funds for Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF).

I understand that everyone at CNM Department is proud of me and grace me with well wishes. However the ideal way to show support to me and motivate me as I undertake a highly risky expedition would be donate to children with cancer. No amount of donation is small; even $5 would be able to cover the transport cost of a child who needs chemo. I sincerely do hope and wish that all would donate generously. The children at CCF and I would be ever grateful for your contribution.

The easiest way to donate would be to go to www.heart2climb.com and click on “Donate Now”. You may also read more about us and the campaign there. You may keep your donations coming in till July 14th. Every dollar that you donate benefits a child with cancer and donations are also 300% tax deductible (kindly key in your NRIC and Full Name in the donation portal).”



CNM welcomes Dr. Taberez Ahmed Neyazi from Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI)

Taberez Ahmed NeyaziCNM welcomes Dr. Taberez Ahmed Neyazi from Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), New Delhi, India. Dr. Neyazi is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Culture, Media and Governance at JMI.

Before JMI, he held numerous fellowships including: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow at Kyoto University; Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Hawaii and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore; and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) fellow at Erfurt University.

His research focuses on political communication, journalism and comparative media, campaigns, digital media, political marketing, survey research and content analysis. He has contributed to several edited volumes and his articles have appeared in International Journal of Press/Politics, Media, Culture and Society, Asian Journal of Political Science, Economic and Political Weekly among others. He co-edited Democratic Transformation and the Vernacular Public Arena in India (Routledge, London, 2014). He also publishes in newspapers and magazines.

Dr. Neyazi is visiting until mid-July 2015

One more CNM student enters final round of the The Culture Trip Award

Anna Villarica_A0099990EAnna Villarica is a graduating student from CNM who is in the final round of The Culture Trip Award, an international competition run by the travel and culture website The Culture Trip. Anna’s submission to the competition is a short article on her hometown, Philippines.

Anna says that her article is “a love letter to a beautiful place – my hometown, The Philippines.” She hopes that it will inspire people to travel this summer. She adds that “ she would love to spend the rest of her life writing pieces like this, and hopes that readers will help her make that dream come true by viewing her entry. She also encourages readers to comment and share it and conveys her thanks in advance.

Anna’s article will be judged on the number of views received before 20 June 2015. So go ahead, read her article here and show her some support.

CNM is Asia’s best

CNM has been ranked the best in Asia for Communication and Media studies according to the latest QS University Rankings 2015 (by subject). The QS World University Rankings by Subject highlights the world’s leading institutions in individual subject areas, covering 36 academic disciplines and released its 5th edition earlier this morning. The rankings are based on global surveys of academics and graduate employers, as well as research citations data. In 2015, the opinions of 85,062 academics, 41,910 employers along with analysis of 17.3 million research papers and over 100 million citations formed the results of the rankings.

In total, NUS is best in Asia across 21 subjects, the university is also among the world’s 10 best universities for 11 subjects across disciplines in Architecture/Built Environment, Engineering, Science, and the Social Sciences.

To know more about NUS’s performance and to view the rankings click http://goo.gl/FTCXBF

Final Project Screening by students of Photographic and Video Storytelling module

34 students of NM3230 Photographic and Video Storytelling module presented their final films at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium on 21 Apr 2015. There were eight fiction films; Black & White, Chance Encounters, Linger, To Do list, Darkness, Cat-strophe, Cardboard and Escape, as well as eight non-fiction films; Non-Fiction Films, Oven of Dreams, Sinkers TVC, Threads of Gold, Becoming Steph, It’s a Catty World, Bangla Beatniks, Walking with Benjamin and Ties that Bind.

The Photographic and Video Storytelling module is a new addition to the undergraduate programme and teaches students how to communicate stories using both moving and still images. The films by the students are the fruits of their 13-week journey of learning visual story telling in still photography and the moving image. Below are some photos from the screening.

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Students’ Project – Group Reflection Project on ‘Introduction to Public Speaking’

Students’ Project – Group Reflection Project on ‘Introduction to Public Speaking’

How do you ace at Public Speaking? CNM students tell you how it is done through these creative video presentations. The video presentations were submitted as a group reflection project on the module Introduction to Public Speaking. The Introduction to Public Speaking module prepares students to be effective and efficient public speakers. It offers an overview of the theories of oral communication and public speaking, with particular emphasis on the practical aspects of researching, organizing and presenting speeches.

The video presentations required students to highlight the key points on the topic of ‘Delivery in Public Speaking’ and had to feature all members of the groups. The video Get our ‘A’ garnered most votes (55%) and was declared the winner based on popularity, while the videos Legend Bakers, Trans Iphone Mers and Disney Stars Team were runners-up.

You can view the videos by clicking on the respective links

Get Our A! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvLpXQGLuh8

Legend Bakers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpdal5Aq8H4&feature=youtu.be

Trans Iphone Mers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z47Rs5_F87s

Disney Stars Team https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTwNRHnTS-U

CNM Honours Students Esther Ng and Mabel Yeo have made it to the final round of The Culture Trip Award

CNM Honours Students, Esther Ng and Mabel Yeo have made it to the final round of The Culture Trip Award – an international writing competition. The Culture Trip Award is a competition for students in the final year of their studies, with an interest in a career in art, culture, food, travel sector. Esther and Mabel saw this as great opportunity to demonstrate their writing skills and dived right in. In her own words, Esther tells us why this is important for Mabel and herself;

Esther-and-Mabel---Culture-Trip“As very close friends who share the same major in Communications & New Media, Mabel and I were thrilled to find an opportunity to showcase our writing (honed from our time of study in CNM) on a global platform. This manifested in the form of The Culture Trip Award, a competition open to graduating students hosted by international travel and lifestyle website The Culture Trip. We will be graduating this semester and hope to enter the communications industry – winning this Award would be a massive boost in that arena, and a huge affirmation to us. We appreciate all the support we can get, and are looking forward to representing NUS, FASS, CNM and –on a broader scale– our country Singapore on this worldwide stage. Thank you so much!”

The first three prizes for the competition are based on readership and both of them hope that the CNM community can help them by reading their articles. Esther’s article  ‘Sweet Amsterdam: Top 10 Dessert spots’ can be read here and Mabel’s article ‘4 Must-See German Cities for Understanding WW II’ can be read here .


CNM joins the NUS and Singapore community to mourn the loss of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew

CNM joins the NUS and Singapore community to mourn the loss of Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of modern-day Singapore. Through his life and in his leadership, Lee Kuan Yew demonstrated the idea that communication is a powerful resource in bringing about change, inaugurating on the world stage an “Asian values” conversation that would serve as a harbinger for the change to come. He seriously introduced the conversation on culture in the global arena, seeding the spaces for other imaginations. We are grateful for his leadership that inspires us to imagine creative possibilities. We express our sincere condolences to PM Lee, Mrs. Lee, and the Lee family.

Prof. Mohan J. Dutta, Head, Communications and New Media, NUS




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