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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If you would like to send your condolence messages to the family of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, you can post your message on the dedicated NUS Facebook Page below:

https://www.facebook.com/nus.singapore

Industry Visits by CNM Society

Industry trips expose students to real work atmospheres and provide them with the opportunity to relate their theoretical knowledge to applied aspect of the modules they have studied. Through these visits, students receive an insight on daily routines and work cultures of various companies, get a chance to connect with industry professionals and have an idea about what life after university is like. In this respect, CNM Industry Visits give students a glimpse of the work life that they may experience after graduation. This semester’s trip will be from February 23 to February 25 to the following companies:

Waggener Edstrom is one of the world’s largest PR and marketing agency that prides itself as stewards of bold ideas. Its previous clients include Microsoft Windows, Qatar Airways and Skype. Visit http://waggeneredstrom.com for more information.

Fixx is a local design company that seeks to combine enhanced user experience and creative design together in its visually polished yet functional works. Previous clients include Singtel, DBS Bank Ltd, and Esplanade. Visit http://fixx.sg for more information.

Gushcloud specialises in the up-and-coming solution to digital marketing: influencer marketing. With more than 10,000 influencers under its brand, Gushcloud has worked for well-known clients such as Coca-Cola, Citibank, and Zalora. Visit http://gushcloud.com for more information.

Minitheory is a digital design studio that excels in delivering intuitively designed web-based products as well as mobile softwares to make life easier with technology. Former clients include Creative Technology, SkinnyMint and Bellabox. Visit http://minitheory for more information.industryvisitsbanner

Further information on CNM 2015, Semester II Industry visit and the schedule can be received from the following link: www.bit.ly/cnmvisits2015 

Meet our 2015 Class Champions and Ambassadors

NUS has a long history of giving. This long history has been created with successful giving initiatives ranging from funding of the opening of a medical school in 1905 to student and alumni funded scholarships, and financial, expertise related, and/or personal support based aids to NUS students, community and Institutions.

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Undoubtedly, Class Champions and Ambassadors are indispensible components of the giving culture. CNM’s Class Champion and Ambassadors for the Class of 2015 are Lee Kai Shun, Grace Leong, Loh Sze Ming and Louis Puah. Sze Ming, Louis and Kai Shun shared their motivation for being Class Champions and Ambassadors, and importance of their appointment with the CNM Blog:

Can you introduce yourselves?

Kai Shun: I’m Kai Shun, Year 4 FASS CNM major

Sze Ming: Louis and I are on our 4th year as well. I am planning to do further studies in Humanieties, hopefully overseas. My fascination with the power of the words was what got me to major in CNM. After taking Dr. Ingrid’s class, NM4204 Ethical Issues of Emergent Tehcnology, I developed a special interest in humanities.

Louis: Initially, I joined CNM to learn game design. I felt that games had a way of introducing fun into peoples’ daily lives. Along the way, I did human centric design, which made me change my perspective. User centric design serves the same purpose of making peoples lives more delightful and less tedious. I am now working on starting a company, which uses user centric design to rethink education.

What made you decide to become a Class Champion and Ambassador?

Kai Sun: Firstly, I was nominated. Not sure by which lecturer/professor but yeah, I’m still thankful for this great opportunity to showcase CNM and myself despite the added responsibility.

Sze Ming: After being nominated by the department, we decided to accept the title to be able to give back to the CNM department, which supported us through our journey here at NUS. I was more interested in the Class Champions side of the appointment as I believe education should be accessible to all and not limited by financial constraints. I was struck by how many of my peers were held back by financial burden.

Louis: Personally, I like the Class Ambassador aspect of the responsibility. I enjoy connecting with people in the major and/or industry. This also allows me to learn how the industry works. As we are fundraising with the graduating batch, the people we meet and work with as fellow Class Champions will eventually become contacts that are useful when we become Class Ambassadors upon graduation. Also, our contact with past Class Ambassadors will help us build a stronger network. Through our responsibility as Class Ambassadors, we would be able to keep in contact with our graduating batch, know their positions in the industry and see how they can be of help to CNM and NUS.

What is the importance of being a Class Champion and Ambassador?

Kai Shun: First and foremost, I think bringing people together is of utmost essence, especially after graduation. Everybody may be talking to each other now but as time goes by, we know that each of us will be busy with our own commitment and will thus have lesser time for each other. This might even mean that most of us won’t be talking to one another. Being a class champion cum ambassador, I believe that if you don’t get the conversation going continuously, it will die off and I, for sure, will try my best to not let that happen. Be it in bringing people together after graduation or getting them to pledge in unity towards a greater cause, we know that as long as we come together and bond, we’ll always be there for each other. I want this to be a class of remembrance of 2015 and not the lost souls of class 2015. That said, I’m pretty certain that the legacy of CNM Class of 2015 will live on even after we graduate.

Sze Ming: By taking this responsibility we are helping CNM build towards a stronger identity. As Class Champions and Ambassadors we are just catalysts. Indeed, all graduating students are Class Champions and Ambassadors in their own right. They have a share in the responsibility of keeping in touch, and giving back to their Alma-mater.

Louis: It is never enough. Regarding the Ambassador part, I am hoping that we can bring the theoretical experience we received at CNM to the real life of the industry. Likewise, I am hoping that after we graduate and receive industry experience, we can share our industry experience with junior students at CNM so that they are more prepared for the working world. Also, a lot of our students find it hard to get internships. By being ambassadors, we can connect our graduating batch with the industry and create more opportunities with them, for them. Although we were tasked with fund raising, the main idea is to give back to the school and help future students. The more important part we hope to achieve is to encourage graduating students to give back. Not only financially, but to lead them to think about how they can give back to new students through other ways as they go on in their careers.

 

Who Will Control Your Internet? A Discussion with Fadi Chehadé, CEO of ICANN

Wednesday, 11 February, 2015, 16:00-17:30

Lecture Theatre 52, University Town

The next generation of Internet users plays a critical role in deciding the future of online communication. It’s extremely important that we all understand how to get involved, voice opinions, and play a role in the future of the Internet.

That’s why we’re very excited to announce a special event featuring Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). This is your chance to ask a tough question, learn about how the Internet is changing, and identify how you can get more involved.

In addition to the special event, you are invited to attend the free ICANN meeting taking place in Singapore on 8-12 February 2015. More information is at http://singapore52.icann.org/en/.

 

Situating Digital Interactivity: Explorations on Place and Embodiment in Interaction Design

Tuesday, 17 February, 2015, 3:00 PM

CNM Meeting room, AS6, #03-33

Marshall McLuhan once theorised technologies of electronic mediation as extensions of human beings’ corporeal reach, expanding the anthropologically defined limits of perception, control and interaction into greater distances and novel modalities. In contemporary environments, digital interaction acts more and more as the central form of conduit, the main interface of mediation, between two sensory spheres: the human and the spatial. Given these developments it becomes critical to understand new media through a phenomenologically-grounded framework that considers sensory-motor interaction, embodiment and sense of place. Within this broader philosophical agenda, Dr. Gokce Kinayoglu’s talk will focus on two specific research projects. The first is an Audio-Augmented Reality experiment that was done at the UC Berkeley Campus with the aim of analysing the influences of soundscape on environmental evaluations. The second one is the user-experience research carried out at the Hybridlab, which led to the creation of the embodied design interface and virtual environment Hyve-3D.

Gokce Kinayoglu is an architect, educator and interaction designer studying the influence of immersive and mobile interfaces, embodiment and multisensory perception pertaining to the experience and design of urban and architectural environments. He is the co-founder and creative director of the Montreal based Design Media Research Lab. He holds a PhD in Architecture from University of California at Berkeley with a Designated Emphasis in New Media (2009). His doctoral research has focused on soundscapes and the study of embodied multi-sensory environmental perception in real virtual and augmented environments. He has taught as an adjunct professor in Interior Architecture and Digital+Media departments at Rhode Island School of Design. In 2012 he joined Hybridlab, a research group at the School of Design at the University of Montreal where he contributed to the conception and development of Hyve-3D (Hybrid Virtual Environment 3D), a room-size collaborative 3D Virtual Environment for architectural and industrial design.

Dr Zhang Weiyu is now Associate Professor Zhang Weiyu

Dr Weiyu ZhangCNM’s faculty and Graduate Studies Advisor , Dr Zhang Weiyu has been promoted to Associate Professor.

Dr Zhang graduated from Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She received a Master of Philosophy from the School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her Bachelor of Arts degree came from the Journalism major, Nanjing University, P. R. China.  Her research interests cover online deliberation; and youth, ICTs and civic engagement in Asia.  Details of her research and teaching accomplishments can be found at http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/cnmzw/stf_cnmzw.htm
Congratulations, A/P Zhang!

 

 

In Conversation with Prof Barry Wellman, Lim Chong Yah Professor: Only Connect

This Semester 2 of FY 2014/15, CNM hosts Lim Chong Yah Professor Barry Wellman, FRSC (Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada).  During his one and a half months with us, Professor Wellman will teach NM5771, Networked Society as well as give two talks – one on Wednesday 4 February, 3pm, CNM; the second one on Friday, 13 February 2015, 5pm – 6pm, LT 12, FASS.

Well-known for his scholarship on social networks precipitated by the Internet and social media technologies, Professor Wellman is the co-director of NetLab Network at the Faculty of Information of the University of Toronto. His areas of research are community sociology, the Internet, human-computer interaction and social structure, as manifested in social networks in communities and organizations, all of which are driven by an overarching interest in the paradigm shift from group-centered relations to networked individualism. In 2012, he co-authored with Lee Rainie, the prize-winning Networked: The New Social Operating System (MIT Press). To date, he has written or co-authored more than 300 articles, chapters, reports and books. Among the concepts Prof Wellman has published are: “network of networks” and “the network city” (both with Paul Craven), “the community question”, “computer networks as social networks”, “connected lives” and the “immanent Internet” (both with Bernie Hogan), “media-multiplexity” (with Caroline Haythornthwaite), “networked individualism” and “networked society”, “personal community” and “personal network”; and three with Anabel Quan-Haase: “hyperconnectivity”, “local virtuality” and “virtual locality”.

Prof Wellman shares with CNM his thoughts about research and why the self-sufficient individual is a specious entity.

I entered into researching about social networks because I was inspired by my professors when I went to grad school at Harvard. Harrison White was the best network analyst there was and taught us about looking at people beyond categories. He urged us to look for connections instead. Other mentors included Charles Tilly.  Tilly was an urban historian who had taught that the relational ties people had, went beyond the group and the neighbourhood, into networks. I realized how true this was when I joined a “Save our Neighbourhood” meeting, held to stop the Spadina Expressway from cutting through downtown Toronto.  At first sight, the group appeared just like groups from other cities fighting to preserve neighbourhoods against cars. But as I looked harder, I realized that many of those activists in that room did not even live in downtown Toronto. They were not a little neighbourhood group at all. They were a network of community activists who had come from all over Toronto.

My approach to research is a dance between theory and evidence collection. I usually start with basic questions; refine these through interviews before getting out more precise questions through quantitative research like in-person surveys.

A utopian networked society would be people having multiple, partial and dynamic connections that change formations according to the needs of the individuals and their groups; so that the whole networks move forwards as people support one another in large, diverse, dense and ever-morphing patterns of interactions.

I am worried about surveillance by governments and large companies, and people not being connected to one another in person. That said, in practice, everyone is connected in flexible and multiple ways, and not captured by any one group. Instead, they just build computer assistance into their networked selves.

The best relationships combine face-to-face and online and grow the important social capital fostered in these interpersonal ways.

The best way(s) to keep a relationship is mutual exchange and not make too many demands on the other person. This axiom is borne out in American anthropologist Elliot Liebow’s study of the street corner culture of poor black men in Washington DC in the 1960s. Liebow found that sustainable relationships among the urban poor were those that featured a give-and-take reciprocity.

A personal pursuit I have not tried but would be keen to do is to be point guard for basketball, NBA.  

A person I would never want to part with is my wife, Beverly.

My favourite social media platform is Twitter.

Being self-sufficient is a myth. In Chapter 2 of Networked Society, we observed that even a ‘rugged individualist’ like golf superstar Tiger Woods admitted that he was “connected and constructed by his membership in multiple social networks” (p. 39). A neuropsychologist has even argued that the brain craves social interaction. In other words, we are wired to interact and move in networks. Even amongst those who think they are free agents; they should realize that their decisions are situated in the environment that shapes them.

A visitor to Toronto got to realize that it is even more multicultural than Singapore. Fifty per cent of people in Toronto are born outside Canada. First-time visitors should also know that Toronto is below freezing point five months of the year.

Singapore is a new adventure for Bev and I. Everything is the same and yet different. We appreciate how the opportunity to do the same things in different ways.

We have come here to learn!