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.

CNM 2013 Random Blends: Showcasing Art and Creativity

This week the Random Blends exhibit wrapped up at the Arts Science  Museum. The event was a major success, with student exhibits wowing the viewers and engaging them in conversation and play. I am personally delighted to witness the creativity and artistic expression of our Media Design students. I am sure that those of you who attended the events will agree with me.


The event was opened by Janadas Devan, Chief of Government Communications for the Ministry of Communication and Information. The theme of this year’s Random Blends is “process,” depicting the creative processes through which theory finds expression in practice. What you will experience today are the creative expressions of the abstract concepts, critical questions, and analytical frames that are conceptualized by our students.

In addressing the role of process in communication, I noted: “Communication for us is not only about the meanings we co-create, but also the values we come to imagine together as a community of scholars and practitioners. Our excellence is embodied in our theoretical treatment of communication as a creative process that actively works toward making social impact and toward imagining a better world.”

The exhibits, showcasing the creative work of our media design students, depict the ways in which the creative process works toward the formation of socially relevant art.

Thanks to our media design teachers, Jing, Anne-Marie, Chris, Joshua, and colleagues. Thanks also to our amazing and brilliant students who created and curated the work. The quality of the work speaks greatly to your  creativity and learning here in CNM.

Here are the links to the extensive media coverage of Random Blends, thanks to the work of Satveer, Daniel, Mary, Chris and Josh:

Random Blends article on Poached online magazine is out!

Random Blends coverage in My Paper

Random Blends coverage in Suria News:

Thanks to Daniel, Satveer, and the Communication Management team for the superb promotion.

And most importantly, thank you to Gaya for her amazing work in supporting the Random Blends team. 

Have a creative week ahead!

Faculty Achievements: Iccha Basnyat and colleagues

Congratulations to Sun Sun Lim, Leanne Chang, and Iccha Basnyat for the following publications:

Lim, S.S., Basnyat, I., Vadrevu, S., & Chan, Y.H. (2013). Critical literacy, self-protection and delinquency: the challenges of participatory media for youths at-risk. Learning Media Technology .

Chang, L., Basnyat, I., Teo, D. (Accepted). Seeking and Processing Information for Health Decisions among Elderly Chinese Singaporean Women. Journal of Women & Aging.

Lee, S.T. & Basnyat, I. (2012). From Press Release to News: Mapping the Framing of the 2009 H1N1 A Influenza Pandemic. Health Communication.

Lim, S. S., Chan, Y. H., Vadrevu, S. & Basnyat, I. (2013). Online and offline networks: Investigating the relationship between peer interaction and juvenile delinquency. Computers in Human Behaviour, 29, 8-15.

2012 Sem 1 Achievements: Associate Professor Hichang Cho

Congratulations to Associate Professor Hichang Cho for such stellar productivity!

Hoot, C. Y., & Cho, H. (2013). Deception in Avatar-mediated virtual environment. Computers in Human Behavior, 29(1), 276-284.

Cho, H., Lee, J. S., & Lee, S (2012). Optimistic bias about H1N1 flu: Testing the links between risk communication, optimistic bias, and self-protection behavior. Health Communication (April 10, 2012: online first)

Ee, A., & Cho. H. (2012). What makes an MMORPG leader? A social cognitive theory-based approach to understanding the formation of leadership capabilities in Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games. Eludamos: Journal for Computer Game Culture, 6(1), 25-37.

Cho, H. (2012). Responses to online privacy risks. In Z. Yan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Cyber behavior. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Hooi, C. Y., & Cho, H. (2013, January). The virtual “me” is the real me: Self-disclosure in virtual environment. In Proceedings of 46th HICSS, Hawaii, USA.

Hooi, C. Y., & Cho, H. (2012, November). Being immersed: Avatar similarity and self-awareness. In Proceedings of the OzCHI 2012 Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

CNM Achievements: Alex Mitchell joins CNM as Assistant Professor


 1. Mitchell, A. and McGee, K., “Reading Again for the First Time: A Model of Rereading in Interactive Stories”, in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2012, volume 7648/2012, Interactive Storytelling, p. 202-213, presented at the International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS) 2012, San Sebastián, Spain, November 12-15, 2012.

 2. Mitchell, A. and McGee, K., “The HypeDyn Hypertext Fiction Authoring Tool”, in Proceedings of Narrative and Hypertext 2012, Milwaukee, WI. USA. June 25, 2012.

 3. Mitchell, A. and McGee, K., “The Paradox of Rereading in Hypertext Fiction”, in Proceedings of Hypertext 2012, Milwaukee, WI. USA. June 25-28, 2012.

 Thesis defended:

 Mitchell, A. Reading Again for the First Time: Rereading for Closure in Interactive Stories, Unpublished Doctoral Thesis, NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering, National University of Singapore, 2012.

 Grant funding received:

 Keio-NUS CUTE Center research grant, “Travel Teller: a mobile application for automatically co-creating traveler stories.” $22,600, Sept 1, 2012-Feb 28, 2013.


 Assistant Professor, Department of Communications and New Media, NUS (effective Jan. 1, 2013)

Achievements Sem 1, 2012: Sun Sun Lim

Associate Professor Sun Sun Lim was appointed to editorial boards of Journal of Children and Media and Mobile Media and Communication

She was also appointed as a Visiting Fellow at Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney.

In the realm of publishing, she co-edited a special issue of Feminist Media Studies on “Mobile intimacy in an age of affective mobile media”

She also published the following manuscripts with graduate students and colleagues:

Pitch It 2013!

CNM Society Presents Pitch It 2013!

Pitch It 2013, with the support of established media and marketing companies like Mindshare, is specially crafted to simulate the real working environment of a marketing professional for tertiary students.

Participants are expected to create a viable marketing campaign that achieves the aims of a client (for example, increasing market presence or promoting a new product line), by applying different sets of knowledge and skills learned. Through private mentoring sessions provided by marketing and media professionals, participants get to refine their ideas and concepts before presenting them to the client in the final round.

Pitch It 2013, is jointly organized by the NUS Communications & New Media Society and the NUS Bizad Club.

 The competition is expecting approximately 120 students from tertiary institutions such as NUS, NTU, SMU, Singapore Polytechnic, Nanyang Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic.

Guest of Honor: Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education

Search for Full Professor in Communication Management

Full Professor in Communication Management
Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore

The Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore (NUS) seeks to hire a tenured Full Professor with research and teaching specialization in Communication Management. In particular, research and teaching interests in health communication, science communication, public policy, social change communication, strategic communication, corporate social responsibility, public communication campaigns, and/or globalization are desired. We are interested in internationally recognized scholars who value diverse research methods and approach communication through new and emergent media perspectives.

For this position, candidates must have a Ph.D., extensive teaching experience, globally recognized research achievements, proven administrative experience, and leadership qualities. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a range of courses and play active roles in developing the Department’s graduate program, supervising graduate students, and mentoring junior faculty.  Minimum qualifications will include demonstrated excellence in teaching and research. Our Remuneration is internationally competitive. 

The Department, a part of the globally ranked Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at NUS, offers degree programs at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels, and is ranked number 3 in the global QS rankings of Communication and Media Studies. There are currently 15 tenure-track faculty members in this multi-disciplinary Department with international faculty whose areas of expertise cover communication management, media studies, and interactive design. The Department values its culture of collegiality and collaboration, and is a cross-disciplinary institution for multi-dimensional scholarship that encompasses engineering, arts, humanities, and the social sciences.

Application Procedure: Please submit the following: (1) a letter of interest; (2) an updated curriculum vitae (including education, employment history, public and professional service, honors and awards, and a complete list of publications); (3) a list of six referees (with affiliations and particulars); and (4) a statement of research. Application Deadline: To ensure consideration, applications must arrive by 31 March 2013. We uphold the principle of non-discrimination and encourage every qualified individual to apply.

Enquiries and applications should be sent to Ms. Gayathri Dorairaju, Department of Communications and New Media, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, Blk AS6, #03-41, 11 Computing Drive, Singapore 117416. Tel: (65) 6516-4670, Fax: (65) 6779-4911, Email: For general information about NUS, please visit Visit also the Department of Communications and New Media at

Celebrating our many achievements!

Dear colleagues,

As a way to get my blog started again for this semester, I am looking for your stories on successes for semester one, 2012. Please share with me your list of awards, publications, grants, speeches and other achievements that you have accomplished in the last semester!

I look forward to having a blog post that is dedicated to narrating stories of the amazing work that you are all doing.

Here’s wishing you a productive semester,


Congratulations to our amazing Faculty and Staff!

At CNM, we take great pride in our amazing teachers, who go through a lot of hard work and dedication to prepare their students. Almost every year, CNM faculty win Faculty and University-wide teaching awards.

This year, we have two winners of Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards: Seow Ting Lee and Gui Kai Chong. Congratulations to both Seow Ting and Kai Chong!

Of course, as we often say, our strong teaching and research are supported by our amazing staff members. One of them, Kanaga Muthuveloo, our very own Retna, is the winner of the NUS Quality Service Award. Also, Jennifer Lau won the Faculty Service Award. Congrats Retna and Jen! This is well deserved.

Thank you all for your dedication and hard work for CNM and for keeping it going strong. I am appreciative to each one of you for the strength with which you have supported our Department.