By Ai Arakawa, Media Relations Specialist, Business Wire/Tokyo
I recently had the opportunity to take a business trip to Singapore. In the course of my meetings, I was able to speak with some very influential members of the Singapore media. What I took away was a new knowledge of the country’s media and some tips for those sending them news.
The Business Times
Since 1976, The Business Times is Singapore’s only financial daily covering local, regional and international business news. The publisher, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), is one of the most influential publishers owning more than 100 media outlets in Asia. The editorial team at Business Times focuses on grasping the latest economic trends in Singapore as well as around the globe and analyzes this information with deep and original insight. Here are some tips that The Business Times shared during my visit:
- They are not really a “big fan” of receiving a product news release from each company by email.
- However, they enjoy checking AP, Bloomberg and other major information providers for global economy information and also check the releases provided by Business Wire.
Berita Harian & Berita Minggu
SPH publishes the daily newspaper in Malay language, Berita Harian, launched in 1957 and now boasts a circulation of 59,300. Its Sunday version, Berita Minggu, claims 57,800 copies as circulation. BH, says:
- Despite the language in the newspaper, most of the releases they receive every day are in English and this doesn’t bother the editorial team.
- 75% of the paper covers Malay community related topics, so if the releases are related to Malay community, there might be more opportunities to get the coverage. However, they do cover international news as well and he’s personally interested in politics, travels and trends.
- They enjoy and use social media as well. In addition to Facebook and Twitter, they also use Instagram for topical research.
I found it very interesting to see their use of Instagram, because CNET recently published an article mentioning that Instagram now has a bigger average monthly smartphone audience compared to Twitter based on the data recently disclosed by Nielsen.
The New Paper
Also published by SPH, this is the daily tabloid newspaper in English founded in 1988 with a circulation of 90,800. The paper’s motto is “People”. Link your pitch and tips towards people if you expect the coverage in this paper. They enjoy social media such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as other Singapore journalists do.
This is the English daily newspaper from Monday to Saturday published by another leading publisher in Singapore, Media Corp Press. The subscription is free of charge and we can get the paper from the ladies in “TODAY” jackets who hand out the papers in the major MRT (railway system) stations. According to Richard Valladares and Rosalind Png, Assistant Vice Presidents, there are many original articles thanks to their correspondents from around the world. This global content allows them to sell their news in other countries and helps supplement their ad revenue stream.
Like many media outlets around the world, Singapore journalists look for news of interest to their readers, by subject or geography and utilize social channels to round out their articles. To increase media coverage by these reporters, we recommend a compelling relevant headline, interesting multimedia and including links to social channel content useful to the story.
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