The power of imagination: Remembering 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 different 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

Congratulations to our amazing staff and teachers!

I am delighted to share the CNM teachers Dr. Iccha Basnyat and A/P Seow Ting Lee won this year’s Faculty Teaching Award. A/P Sun Sun Lim was awarded a teaching innovations award for her experiments with communication technologies in the classroom.



We are blessed to have so many great teachers in the department who continue to push the boundaries of communication and new media.

Our staff Mdm. Norizan Binti Abdul Majid and Ms. Gayathri Dorairaju won the Faculty Service Award for their amazing service to the Department and to the Faculty. Thanks Norizan and Gaya!

Random Blends 2014! Calibr8

What a success CNM had with the official launch of Random Blends 2014 at the ArtScience Museum! This year, like the years in the past, CNM students showcased their amazing work, sharing their creativity, brilliance, and talent!

CNM was blessed with the presence of Minister of State Ms. Sim Ann, and Guests of Honor Ms. Georgette Tan and Mr. Pang Lim!


Random Blends 2014 will be held from 1 March to 6 March at the ArtScience Galleries, ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands.

Entry to the ArtScience Galleries (Level 4) is Free of Charge for Random Blends 2014. Enquire at ArtScience Museum’s admission counter. Opening hours: 10am to 7pm daily

The continued global presence of CNM is catalysed by the multi-disciplinary conversations, the convergences across areas, and the continued emphasis on creative expression!

Innovation, Creativity and Communication: Workshop with Prof. Howard Sypher

Prof. Howard Sypher is with us this week offering a workshop on “Innovation, New Media, and Creativity.”


This is an excellent opportunity to talk with Audrey Tan, NUS alumnus and Co-Founder of Playmoolah, Jim Giles, Co-Founder of MATTER, and others from media startup companies this week (Wed, Thursday and Friday) from 9-noon in the CNM Playroom.  These guests are participating in Professor Howard Sypher’s workshop.  They will be telling their stories (in person or via Skype) as well as answering questions regarding the challenges and opportunities in the media space today.

 The first guest is Audrey Tan on Wednesday. An NUS alum, Audrey is co-Founder of Playmoolah and was recently was recently honoured with a Young Women Innovators Award at the 2013 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and the Economy Forum (WEF) held on 6-8 September 2013 in Bali, Indonesia.

 Other workshop guests this week (via Skype) include:

 Jim Giles is co-founder of MATTER, a long form technology journalism startup out San Francisco that was just acquired by Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams.

Jay Fehnel is VP for Development for RedBox, a US based entertainment delivery media company that competes with NetFlix.

Frank Gruber is co-founder of TechCocktail, a media startup company that partners and hosts large technology networking events primarily in the US.  Frank formerly held the title of “Tech Evangelist” for AOL.

Congratulations Dr. Iccha Basnyat!

Dr. Iccha Basnyat wins the Faculty Excellent Teacher Award for 2012/2013.


Congratulations Dr. Basnyat for your amazing teaching and for your stellar contribution to learning at NUS. The letter issued to Dr. Basnyat from the Dean stated: “Your winning is a testimony to the work you have done and the intellectual growth you have helped foster in our students.”

CNM continues to lead in excellence in pedagogy in the Faculty!

Welcome Professor Barbara Sharf!

Dear colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to welcome Prof. Barbara Sharf and Associate Prof.  Marlynn May to the Department of Communications and New Media.

Prof. Sharf joins CNM as a Distinguished Visiting Professor.

During her stay in CNM, Professor Sharf will be offering University-wide lectures on narrative theory and health, will be offering guidance on research projects, and will be conducting an intense two-week workshop.


We are very much looking forward to your visit Barbara!

Students from the University of the Free State

What a great semester has this been for meeting students and faculty in Communication and Media from various parts of the globe. This is a great way in which Singapore continues to thrive as a crossroad for different cultures, values, and worldviews.

This last week, we had students from the University of the Free State who visited us. This was their 3rd visit to the department, the group comprising of 18 students, mainly 3rd  years, with three honors students, and the team was led by Rentia Engelbrecht.

They sat in for the following classes last week.

NM4207 Managing communication campaigns – Dr Ganga Sasidharan
NM3207 Philosophy in communications and New Media – Dr Ingrid Hoofd
NM3224 Culture Industries – Dr Terence Heng
NM4211 Online Journalism – Aaron Ng
NM2220 Introduction to Media writing – Fran Nathan
NM2203 Social Media in Communication – Dr Tracy Loh

I had a great time learning about culture, community and participation through my conversations with our visitors from the Free State.

Our classrooms were enriched by the depth and diversity of their contributions. Thanks to all CNM colleagues and students, to CNM society, and to Gaya for organizing the event.



Ganga Dhanesh: Top Journal Article Award

The publication of Dr. Ganga Dhanesh titled “The view from within: internal publics and CSR” published in the Journal of Communication Management has received an Outstanding paper award for articles published in JCM.

Every year Emerald invites each journal’s Editorial Team to nominate what they believe has been that title’s Outstanding Paper and up to three Highly Commended Papers from the previous year (2012). Her paper entitled “The view from within: internal publics and CSR” published in Journal of Communication Management has been chosen as an Outstanding Paper Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013.

The award winning papers are chosen following consultation amongst the journal’s Editorial Team, many of whom are eminent academics or practitioners. Her paper has been selected as it was one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2012.

Further information regarding the Awards for Excellence can be found at the following site:<>

 Congratulations Ganga!

Congratulations Associate Professor (A/P) Seow Ting Lee

This last week, we received news that our colleague Dr. Seow Ting Lee was promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor with tenure. We are very proud of Seow Ting’s achievements. She is a stellar teacher and an excellent researcher, having been recognized with Faculty and University-wide teaching awards, and with many stellar publications in the areas of ethics, social media, health communication and strategic communication management.

We surprised Seow Ting with a gypsy dress although I guess she already had a sense that this was coming, given my poor acting skills:)

We have to plan more extreme surprises for the P&T parties as these are now getting pretty much the norm!

Welcome all your ideas and thoughts for the ones to come.

For now, let’s all celebrate the success of Seow Ting. We are so proud of you!

Introducing our new curriculum!

Thanks to the creativity and engagement of my colleagues, our new curriculum has now been approved!

I am very excited about this curriculum as it is the confluence of faculty insights, the voices of our students through multiple dialogue sessions, the inputs of our industry advisory council (IAC), and the directives offered by the Economic Development Board. The curriculum is a direct product of the extensive brainstorming we had done in our retreat and the hard work of each of the units in CNM.  

I am confident that our revised curriculum is solidly integrated with the dynamic industry needs in the region.

To share our new curriculum with our students, we will be holding dialogue sessions with students – 17 & 24 April 2013. Please do stop by these dialogue sessions! 

Year 1 Students: 17 April 2013, 2.30pm to 4.00pm, LT51 (Stephen Riady Centre, UTown)

Year 2 Students: 17 April 2013, 4.30pm to 6.00pm, LT51 (Stephen Riady Centre, UTown)

Year 3 Students: 24 April 2013, 2.30pm to 4.00pm, LT51 (Stephen Riady Centre, UTown)

Year 4 Students: 24 April 2013, 4.30pm to 6.00pm, LT51 (Stephen Riady Centre, UTown)

 In addition, we have CNM T-shirts for all staff & students.