A 'continuous journey' towards newsroom of the future

Participants taking a tour of The Straits Times newsroom during the MCCY-ST Idea Jam, on Oct 1, 2014.
Participants taking a tour of The Straits Times newsroom during the MCCY-ST Idea Jam, on Oct 1, 2014.PHOTO: ST FILE

Even while newsrooms in Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) have made major inroads into the digital and mobile spheres, the journey towards being a newsroom of the future is still in progress.

This was the message from Mr Patrick Daniel, editor-in-chief of the English/Malay/Tamil Media (EMTM) Group yesterday.

Describing the journey as a continuous one, he said the company is watching worldwide developments in the industry closely - for instance the upcoming challenge thrown up by news platforms put up by the likes of Facebook, Apple and Google.

"Last year, change in the media business really hit a relentless new pace," he said. "Not a week went by without some new global development, everything from ad blockers to Facebook and instant articles."

But SPH has made good progress, he highlighted.

"Aside from our print strength, in news reporting, art, photo, page layout and design, we've also built deep new capabilities across a wide spectrum - online, mobile, interactive graphics, videos, social media and also e-books," he said.

The EMTM group scored a bumper crop of international awards last year, including the Society for News Design accolades in newspaper design, infographics and photojournalism, said Mr Daniel.

He added: "We are no longer just news on paper, we have award-winning digital products as well as radio, books, data businesses and more to come."

Amelia Teng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2016, with the headline 'A 'continuous journey' towards newsroom of the future'. Print Edition | Subscribe