Industry leaders urged media educators and students to "be open to change in the 21st century and stay true to the golden standards of media ethics set in the 20th century". That was one of the key messages from the Singapore Media Forum 2016 (SMF 2016) on 15 July 2016.
The SMF 2016 was jointly convened by School of Arts and Social Sciences, SIM University (UniSIM), Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and School of Arts, Murdoch University. Media educators from local polytechnics, universities and key overseas institutions attended the forum alongside well-regarded communication industry leaders from Media Development Authority, SMRT, Google, and Mothership.sg. Attendees debated a range of topics concerning the industry, including ways to narrow the gap between media education and industry needs as well as the importance of digital media learning. The forum finished with presentations by student groups from NTU, UniSIM and Murdoch University about various issues pertaining to cyberwellness and critical media literacies.
Last held in 2013, the forum continues to serve as a national platform for all to discuss the future and relevance of media education in Singapore and globally.
Mr Asri Sunawan (extreme left), a UniSIM Communication alumnus and Head of the Strategic Communication Department
at the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), chairing the SMF 2016 opening panel session.