As we enter 2013, Raffles Press is searching for a team of talented and committed individuals to continue RI’s tradition of student journalism. Read on to find out more!
Who We Are
Walk into a Raffles Press meeting, and you’ll find that there’ll be 11 opinions on any issue if there are 10 members attending. We are a diverse bunch of individuals with a passion for writing and journalism. No prior experience is required to join the CCA – some of us were newspaper editors in our previous schools, while others have never heard of terms like “by-line” or “copy-editing”. Just as many of us are in the Science stream as in the Arts stream. Between us, you’ll find debaters, athletes, musicians, artists and scouts. In fact, 83% of our members juggle Raffles Press with another CCA. Commitments may clash sometimes, but we work around it – because we believe the eclectic mix adds to our vibrancy as a CCA.
We are also a happy bunch – in our 2012 CCA Climate Survey, 100% of our members said that they were proud to be part of Raffles Press! Above all, we pride ourselves on being creative, flexible and open to new ideas – no matter who or where they may come from.
What You’ll Do
As a member of Raffles Press, you’ll do far more than just writing. You’ll have the opportunity to:
- attend school concerts with complimentary tickets
- cover exhilarating sports finals (and be excused from class, while you’re at it!)
- gain exclusive access to behind-the-scenes events
- conduct research, surveys and social experiments
- interview school leaders and other members of the community
The content you produce will be published on a range of platforms, including:
- online student newspaper, Word of Mouth, with over 150 000 views as of December 2012
- the official school magazine, Eagle Eye, which has a circulation of 12 000 copies per issue
- seasonal publications, like the Year 5 Survival Guide, Marauder’s Map (distributed to every freshman) and Word of Mouth: Print Edition, which includes investigative journalism
In short, your work will have unparalleled reach and influence on the views of the school community. There will also be opportunities for editorial and planning positions, as well as specialist roles like graphic design and photography.
How You’ll Grow
As a journalist in Raffles Press, you will learn the ropes of journalism on-the-job. We conduct a variety of workshops for our members every year. In 2012, our training regimen including a sports journalism workshop, closed-door panel discussion with top Straits Times journalists like Sumiko Tan and Robin Cheng, as well as a writing clinic with Yu-Mei Balasingamchow, the author of Singapore: A Biography. Some of our members also went for an excursion to the Trimedia media conglomerate, which runs The Urban Wire, as well as to the Singapore Writers’ Festival.
Apart from formal training, Raffles Press also sustains a range of partnerships and alliances which will expose you to the wide world beyond the school gates. For example, we have a tie-up with MediaCorp Interactive, in which our members get to review books from the e-bookstore, ilovebooks.com. Similarly, some of our writers are assisting the Boon Lay Youth Club with an oral history project for disabled residents. We also have close links with our Raffles Media Network (RAMEN) partners, such as the Writers’ Guild and Photography Club, as well as the Students’ Council.
Above all, our weekly meetings (held on Wednesdays from 2.00-3.30 pm) provide an opportunity for you to learn from one another. These sessions are usually taken up by peer editing or planning discussions which provide an insight into the “big-picture” facing the CCA.
At the end of your stint at Raffles Press, you will emerge with a portfolio of work you can show to prospective universities, employers or scholarship boards, as well as accreditation under the Cognitive Domain of the Raffles Diploma.
“The thing I love most about Press is the awesome sense of fulfillment whenever you see one of your pieces finally get published, whether it’s online or in hard copy (you’ll get to do both). After all the hard work and research and rewriting, seeing peers talking because of something you wrote is just really cool. The process itself is also exciting – for example, you get to interview all sorts of people, from your friends to high-ranking RI staff to alumnus in big-shot positions, etc. You learn a lot first-hand and out of your comfort zone, and you get to write about things you truly feel for. The editorial guidance and peer editing is great, too – despite having to churn out innumerable drafts, it’s worth it because you really see your work grow and it also helps you develop as a writer and thinker. Overall, it’s pretty flexible (for those with demanding CCAs like Council, sports, performance arts, etc) yet challenging and rewarding. If you want to write stuff that’s definitely real and relevant to Rafflesians, Press is for you!”
-Jeremy Yew (13A01B), Raffles Press Member & Student Councillor
“If you’re looking for a way to receive constructive criticism and hone your writing skills, Press is where the party’s at. I think Press has helped me to practice and improve as a writer and overall, it’s been a great experience. We also enjoy quite a lot of freedom about what kind of articles to write, as long as you think people will want to read it. Oh, and we usually get free tickets to review CCA concerts too.”
-Lye Han Jun (13A01A), Raffles Press Member
Find Out More!
Think Raffles Press could be the CCA for you? Like any journalist worth his or her salt, don’t take our word for it! To cross-reference your sources, come down and visit us at any of the following events:
- Inter-House Competition Remix, end-Feb to Mar – a competition you can sign up for through your houses
- CCA Feste (details to be confirmed)
- Raffles Press Recruitment Tea Sessions (details to be confirmed)
- Open House, 15 Jan 2013, 10 am – 3 pm, Multi-Purpose Hall (Yr 5-6) – please locate us using the map below
Alternatively, if you have any burning questions, feel free to fill in the query form below. We will get back to you as soon we can. If you wish, we could arrange a face-to-face chat or an attachment to give you a sense of what it’s like to be a journalist on the ground.
More details about CCA recruitment and selection will be released in due course.