Singapore, 17 July 2008 – Leading media group Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and the SPH Foundation today awarded scholarships to 27 bright and talented young recipients at a joint scholarship awards presentation ceremony held at the SPH News Centre auditorium this afternoon.
Among the scholars were seven who received the prestigious SPH Journalism Scholarship and four who clinched the SPH Foundation´s Lim Kim San Memorial Scholarship for language studies. The awards were presented by Dr Tony Tan, Chairman of SPH and the SPH Foundation.
In his speech, he highlighted quality journalism as being vital to SPH´s continual success as a media organisation. He also lauded the merits of journalism as a career of choice.
Said Dr Tan: “The life of a journalist in today´s fast-changing media landscape is exciting, challenging and rewarding. A career in journalism is like no other.”
Citing the experience of reporters on the scene at the recent earthquake at Sichuan, Dr Tan added that “our journalists who covered the Sichuan earthquake tragedy were commended for their good work. They trekked from one quake-hit area to another, filing touching human interest stories of love and determination. It was a life-changing assignment for them, as they were personally inspired by the victims´ resilience and courage in the face of adversity”.
Dr Tan also announced the opening of SPH´s journalism scholarships to undergraduates who are already into their studies. He said that these would be awarded in the later part of the year to deserving candidates.
In addition, scholarships would also be offered to graduating university students who wish to pursue their Masters degree. The first of such an award was presented this afternoon to Derrick Ho Zhi Wen to pursue a Master of Arts in Journalism at the University of Missouri, which developed the world´s first journalism course in 1908.
"I intend to specialise in online journalism as I believe that is where there is great potential as SPH actively develops its business in new media platforms. I am pleased to be awarded this scholarship and when I return upon completion of my studies, I hope to be able to contribute significantly towards SPH’s new media initiatives," said Derrick.
Continuing with SPH´s long-standing practice of recognising the contributions of staff and newspaper vendors to the success of the company, 16 scholarships were also awarded to their children. Of these, six were for undergraduate degrees, four for courses at polytechnics, and six for pre-university studies at junior colleges.
Four students pursuing language studies also received the Lim Kim San Memorial Scholarship awards from Dr Tony Tan. These awards, set up in August 2006 by the SPH Foundation, are given to outstanding needy students pursuing undergraduate studies in English language or the mother tongue at our local universities.
Targeted at students from low-income families, these bond-free scholarship awards are aimed at helping deserving students from families with challenging financial circumstances fulfill their dreams of pursuing higher education. The SPH Foundation hopes that these scholars would eventually establish successful careers and contribute to society.
The full text of Dr Tan´s speech are in Annex A and the list of the 27 scholarship recipients are in Annex B.
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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Newspapers and Magazines
Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is the leading media company in Singapore, delivering news and information through print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. In Singapore, it publishes 14 newspapers in four languages. Every day, 2.9 million individuals or 81 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.
Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 110 million pageviews with 7 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include a revolutionary mobile advertising and information service, ZapCode; online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine, Rednano; and STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging.
SPH has a 20 percent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 percent stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has a 80 percent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM in English.
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company, and a 35 percent stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.
About Singapore Press Holdings Foundation
The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was set up in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. The seed contribution of $20 million to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. For more information, please visit the Foundation´s website at www.sphfoundation.org.sg.