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Straits Times' editors face tough questions from advertisers at dialogue session

Published on Feb 27, 2013 5:11 PM
The Straits Times' news editor Ignatius Low speaks at The Straits Times' Engaging The Press event held at the News Centre auditorium on Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013. Organised by the Singapore Press Holdings' marketing team, the session was attended by some 200 advertisers, mostly made up of public relations and corporate communications practitioners. --ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN

How much does the advertising dollar affect editorial coverage in The Straits Times? Do reporters really protect their sources? Can newsmakers trust reporters when something was said "off the record"?

These were some of the questions posed to editors of The Straits Times, at the first dialogue session of the year set up for the paper's advertisers.

Responding to how advertisers shape news coverage, deputy editor of The Straits Times, Mr Alan John said: "It does not...It is okay to be aware and bear in mind our advertisers. But we cannot have advertisements drive our news coverage."

Editor of The Straits Times, Mr Warren Fernandez said: "You have to ask yourself, as a reader, will you still want to read the papers if it was advertising dollar that drives the news coverage?"

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