Primary 4 pupils learn about journalism on Learning Journey visit to SPH News Centre

CHIJ Our Lady of the Nativity Primary 4 pupils taking a group photo outside the News Centre.
CHIJ Our Lady of the Nativity Primary 4 pupils taking a group photo outside the News Centre.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - What are the pros and cons of being a journalist? How do you overcome a writer's block?

These were some of the questions that 200 Primary 4 pupils from CHIJ Our Lady of Nativity asked on a visit to the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) News Centre as part of their Learning Journey programme, on Wednesday afternoon (May 24). It was organised by The Straits Times (ST) and the school.

Said Philena Wu, 10, who now wants to be a journalist when she grows up: "We learnt that there are struggles journalists face, but it does seem like a fun and interesting job."


The Straits Times correspondent Yeo Sam Jo using Pokemon to illustrate the traits of a good reporter. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

The three-hour session featured presentations by ST's executive editor Sumiko Tan, managing editor Fiona Chan, and social media editor Daryl Chin, as well as a virtual tour of the SPH Printing Press.

The editors also talked about the role that ST plays in Singapore, how the broadsheet stays on top of the news by engaging readers on social media platforms, and some of the favourite articles they had written throughout their careers.

Schools interested in the ST Learning Journey programme can write to stprojects@sph.com.sg with their enquiries, with the subject "ST Learning Journey".


CHIJ Our Lady of the Nativity Primary 4 pupils Philena Wu (left) and Meliane Tan (right), both 10, gesturing during the Learning Journey visit to ST. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM