Compilations

Cross Island Impressions: Issue #4

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By Mei Feifei (22A13A), on behalf of Raffles Press

The theme for this year’s Cross Island Impressions is ‘Through the Journalist’s Lens’. This theme provides two areas for exploration: first, where does the journalist look for newsworthy stories? There are many things that the average student takes for granted — think something as commonplace and mundane as online lectures — that deserve behind-the-scenes stories. Second, where does the future of journalism lie? The world’s largest newspaper publications have gone multimedia in response to their audiences’ changing needs: a three minute video with suitable graphics and engaging animations is much preferred to a traditional three thousand word article.

The 2022 edition of Cross Island Impressions thus aims to look at where we can find our stories now, and how we can harness the power of photo, audio and video to supplement our craft.

On behalf of Raffles Press, I hope you enjoy reading Cross Island Impressions Issue 4: Through the Journalist’s Lens.

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International Women’s Day Edition: The ’00s—Ms. Lai Shan Ru

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This is 1 of the 11 interview features as part of our International Women’s Day Special Edition.

By Sara Chia (21S03G)  

In 2018, 24 from Singapore made it into the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list. Out of the 24, one was Ms. Lai Shanru—co-founder of the widely successful cashback platform ShopBack. Having started as a relatively small platform with a limited number of merchants, ShopBack now boasts over 5 million users across the Asia-Pacific.

Despite her young age and the risks involved, Ms. Lai took the leap and is now a prominent figure in Singapore’s entrepreneurial scene. As one of ShopBack’s co-founders, she more than perfectly fits the bill of the International Women’s Day 2021 theme, which focuses on “women in leadership”.

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International Women’s Day Edition: The ’00s—Ms. He Ting Ru

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This is 1 of the 11 interview features as part of our International Women’s Day Special Edition.

By Thet Hninn Zin (21A13A) 
Photo courtesy of Mothership

As someone who was a candidate through two whole rounds of General Elections—with the 2015 bearing disheartening results vis-à-vis the recent 2020 elections that bore great fruit for the Workers’ Party, MP He Ting Ru has truly gone through a myriad of experiences. In this interview, we transport her back to her school days in Raffles Junior College, as she reminisces about the day-to-day experiences with her classmates, whilst also giving her keen insight about the future that lies ahead for Singaporean youths and female empowerment in Singapore. 

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International Women’s Day Edition: The ’00s—Dr. Elaine Kim

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This is 1 of the 11 interview features as part of our International Women’s Day Special Edition.

By Soh Jing Yee (21S03Q) 

In celebration of successful female entrepreneurs this International Women’s Day, we have caught up with Dr. Elaine Kim. Dr. Elaine Kim is a Singapore-based female entrepreneur and palliative care doctor. Outside of her hectic work life, she is also a mother to 3 little boys. As a working mum herself, she was inspired to establish Trehaus—a modern preschool and childcare centre with a focus on raising changemakers for the future—in response to the woes of working parents in Singapore who are looking to maintain a healthy work-life balance. 

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International Women’s Day Edition: The ’90s—Ms. Rahayu Mahzam

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This is 1 of the 11 interview features as part of our International Women’s Day Special Edition.

By Noelle Leow (21A01B) 

Ms Rahayu Mahzam, from the class of 1998, is probably best known as an MP of Jurong GRC. Apart from representing minority interests in Parliament as a female Malay-Muslim MP, Ms Rahayu is also a lawyer and mother. Read on to find out more about her experiences in the fields of politics, law and motherhood, and her favourite memories from Raffles. 

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