Catch NDP action live on all ST platforms

Among the ST journalists bringing readers live coverage of events are (back row, from far left) Priscilla Goy, Melissa Lin, Linette Lai, Jermyn Chow and Lim Yi Han; and (front row, from far left) Lee Jian Xuan, Yeo Sam Jo and Amelia Teng. Reporters w
Among the ST journalists bringing readers live coverage of events are (back row, from far left) Priscilla Goy, Melissa Lin, Linette Lai, Jermyn Chow and Lim Yi Han; and (front row, from far left) Lee Jian Xuan, Yeo Sam Jo and Amelia Teng. Reporters will send in real-time updates from across the island.ST PHOTO: YEO SAM JO

If you don't have tickets to the National Day Parade (NDP) and do not want to squeeze with the crowds at SG50 celebrations, fret not.

You just need to click online or tap your smartphone to ensure that you do not miss out on the goings- on at the Padang and Marina Bay.

The Straits Times will be on the ground to bring netizens all the action from tomorrow's party, which will feature the largest ever fireworks display and a heart-stopping display by the Red Lions.

About 30 ST reporters and photojournalists will cover the festivities from the Padang to the heartland.

Starting from midnight, updates will go up on ST's live-blog of the events. In the morning, reporters will be at many of the 82 National Day observance ceremonies islandwide as a recording of the country's Proclamation of Independence read by founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew is broadcast.

Pictures, videos and updates will be filed by the team on the ground and also posted on all of ST's social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This is the first time that ST is covering an event live on all social media platforms.

"We are going to harness the power of social media to give our readers unique vantage points and snapshots of the various events taking place across the island on National Day," said ST digital editor Eugene Leow. "It's the party of the year and we are going to cover it like never before," he added.

Reporters will send in real-time updates across the island - tune in to catch a behind-the-scenes look at the Padang and The Float @ Marina Bay, for example. Also, watch out for a special video produced by the ST video team on Singapore's 50th. The ST team will visit various locations islandwide each hour from midnight. The video, posted on the ST website on Monday, will capture the SG50 celebrations by the hour.

Other Singaporeans have also come forward to cover the event in their own way. Mr Kenneth Liang, chief executive of production house Happy TV, will provide the "people's perspective of NDP". He will be deploying 16 teams, who will stream footage from about 20 locations. The videos can be viewed at http://happy-tv.com/

He said: "This is our jubilee year, we just wanted to do something to show our enthusiasm for 50 years of independence."

 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 08, 2015, with the headline 'Catch NDP action live on all ST platforms '. Print Edition | Subscribe