Independent professional journalist with 15 years experience in various
co-founder/managing editor of a successful freelance writing enterprise;
assistant editor for the leading English daily in Malaysia;
public relations practitioner and organiser of conferences, computer
fairs and other events;
advertising liaison between editorial and industry; and
national correspondent for regional publications.
During early newsroom experience reported on various beats including
politics, disasters, crime, court, food, fashion and lifestyle, before
becoming the first woman reporter in Malaysia to specialize in technology.
Over the last 12 years have focused exclusively on development and
trends in the information technology, telecommunication and Internet
industries filing news, profiles, features, product reviews, country
reports, commentaries and analyses.
Consistently met tight deadline schedules with high regard for accuracy
and readership value. Effective as a team player in newsroom in communicating
with editorial, management, human resources, advertising and marketing
departments as well as editing, leading and motivating reporters.
Trinetizen Media & CES Management Services : Jan 2000 to present
Co-founder of two independent companies specializing in freelance
writing for regional markets, and organising events for healthcare,
medical and technology industries.
Contributed exclusive news, features and analyses to top regional
publications including Unlimited (Auckland), CNET Asia, ZDNET Asia,
Newsbytes, Intelligent Enterprise Asia, Nikkei Electronics & Reader's
In events management, organised a successful regional medical
conference for over 350 doctors and launched products for clients
such as Alcatel (mobile phones) and Sophos (anti-virus software).
Star Publications (M) Bhd : Sept 1993 to Jan 2000
Position: Assistant Editor
Joined Malaysia's leading English newspaper (current circulation:
280,000, readership 1,170,000) as a senior reporter and advertising
coordinator of technology section. In addition to writing duties,
was tasked with promoting publication to vendors and advertisers for
advertising and marketing programs. In my first year, I assisted in
raising almost one million ringgit (NZ$560,000) worth of advertising
for the weekly pull-out, In.Tech, and was promoted to Assistant Editor with
additional responsibilities editing and managing a team of 12 reporters.
Pagination increased from 16 pages to 64 pages, while advertising
consistently grew by 10-15 percent annually during the seven years
Assisted the technology team with conception, development and launch
of Star Online at thestar.com.my, currently the most popular website
in Malaysia with an average of 18 million to 20 million pageviews
Assisted with organizing MICROFEST in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, the
most popular and biggest PC trade show in the country with combined
160,000 visitors annually.
Assisted in production of CD-ROMs, advertising and promotional materials
and liaising with vendors for products reviews, advertorials, seminars,
talks and workshops.
Organised training and motivational workshops for staff as well
as reorganised work processes, planned editorial calendars and procured
and deployed new and effective network system for editorial team.
Asian Business Press : Dec 1989 to Apr 1993
Position: Correspondent, Malaysia
Worked as solo Malaysian correspondent for Asia Computer Weekly,
a leading regional technology publication now owned by CMP Media.
Job responsibilities included covering daily technology news, features
and profiles and organising roundtable sessions and media workshops
for the publication. During four years at ACW, also travelled to US,
Mexico, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore on various
news assignments and filed country reports on their IT growth trends,
policies and development.
Publications (M) Bhd : Aug 1988 to Oct 1989
Position: Cadet reporter
Covered day-to-day breaking news including fires, floods, blackouts,
bus strikes, bomb scares, plane crashes, collapsing buildings and
bridges as well as various human interest stories.
News Straits Times & Berita Harian (local Malay daily) : Aug to
Position: Freelance reporter (stringer)
Covered various political, social and economic events.
Ridder Financial News : March to May 1988
Position: Freelance reporter
Filed timely commodity and market reports and liased with Hong Kong
and Tokyo correspondents on daily market movements.
B.A. (Honours), Mass Com. Major, National University of Malaysia (1988).
Skills: Working experience on ATEX, Windows and Mac platforms
including QuarkXpress, ClarisWorks, Microsoft Office suite,
and all web communication, design and publishing software including
browsers, email, HTML, FTP, Instant Messaging and Adobe Photoshop.
Fluent in written and spoken English and Malay (national language
of Malaysia), and conversational ability in Chinese dialects Cantonese,
Hakka and Mandarin.
Reading, travelling, scuba diving, cooking
to see Portfolio of work
(email provided on request):
Chris Barton, IT Editor, NZ Herald
Cnr of Wyndham and Albert Str,
Auckland, New Zealand
Davin Arul, Vice President, iStar
Menara Star, 15 Jalan 16/11, Section 16, 46350 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel: +603 7967-1388
Hellen Tan, Editor, ComputerTimes Singapore
Singapore Press Holdings, No 1000, Tao Payoh North,
Tel: +65 9431-8797
Fran Foo, Features Editor, ZDNet Australia
Level 4, 45 Murray St
Pyrmont, 2009, NSW, Australia
Tel: +61 2 8514-9999
Fax: +61 2 9660-2953
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