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Get published in The Straits Times Forum!
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Some handy tips to get your letter published within The Straits Times, compiled from my own letter-writing experience. This was presented at BarCamp Singapore 7.

Some handy tips to get your letter published within The Straits Times, compiled from my own letter-writing experience. This was presented at BarCamp Singapore 7.

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  • 1. Get Published in The Straits Times Forum!<br />Yuhui<br />@yuhui<br />
  • 2. About Me<br />Yuhui<br />@yuhui on most social networks<br />Likes to write<br />Concerned about social issues<br />2<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />
  • 3. Practice Makes Perfect?<br />Writing for more than 2 years<br />More than 5 published letters<br />Including one at Today<br />2 rejected letters<br />3<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />
  • 4. Before Writing…<br />Think about ST's concerns<br />Timeliness of issue<br />Government control<br />Costs – ink, paper<br />Your letter is not the only one they receive!<br />4<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />
  • 5. When Writing…<br />KISS – Keep it simple, stupid!<br />At most 2 sentences per paragraph<br />Make every word count<br />British English<br />5<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />
  • 6. Keep It Simple, Stupid!<br />"Adding a third line, the Circle Line, could potentially introduce confusion to visitors."<br />"Adding a third line, the Circle Line, could potentially introduce confusion toconfuse visitors."<br />6<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />
  • 7. Keep It Simple, Stupid!<br />"If delinquent fathers are unwilling to sponsor their spouses' passes, the immediate next-of-kin should be allowed to sponsor the mothers on behalf of the children."<br />"If delinquent fathers are unwilling to sponsor their spouses' passes, the immediate next-of-kin should be allowed to sponsor the mothers on behalf of the childrendo so."<br />7<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />
  • 8. 2 Sentences per Paragraph (1)<br />"Another example of how government intervention has led to improved market fairness is the Media Development Authority's (MDA) new stance on set-top boxes. MDA will soon require programming from providers to be available on any set-top box. This is regardless of whether the customer has subscribed to SingTel or Starhub. Customers thus benefit from more programming options and lower costs. They are also freed from being subject to their content provider's whims and fancies."<br />8<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />
  • 9. 2 Sentences per Paragraph (2)<br />"Another example of how government intervention has led to improved market fairness is the Media Development Authority's (MDA) new stance on set-top boxes. (new paragraph) MDA will soon require programming from providers to be available on any set-top box. This is regardless of whether the customer has subscribed to SingTel or Starhub.(new paragraph) Customers thus benefit from more programming options and lower costs. They are also freed from being subject to their content provider's whims and fancies."<br />9<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />
  • 10. Make Every Word Count<br />My method:<br />Write everything out<br />Change "fluffy" phrases to straightforward<br />Remove adjectives / adverbs<br />Keep sentences that make your point<br />This is not a GCE "O" Level essay!<br />10<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />
  • 11. Examples of What to Remove<br />Fluffy phrases<br />"strangers in a strange land"<br />"take a leaf from"<br />"I realise that…"<br />Adjectives / Adverbs<br />"<something> actually <does something>"<br />"even more important"<br />11<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />
  • 12. When writing…<br />KISS – Keep it simple, stupid!<br />At most 2 sentences per paragraph<br />Make every word count<br />British English<br />Censor yourself<br />12<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />
  • 13. Don't Disparage Government<br />"Such an attitude hinders true competition in the e-payment market, even though it reeks of government heavy-handedness."<br />"Such an attitude hinders true competition in the e-payment market, even though it reeks of government heavy-handedness."<br />13<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />
  • 14. Don't Disparage Government<br />"The ministry has failed to grasp the nature of the public outcry against its policy."<br />"The ministry has failed to graspnot grasped the nature of the public outcrycriticism against this move its policy."<br />14<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />
  • 15. Don't Disparage Singapore<br />"We should not forget that these children are Singapore citizens. As such, they deserve all of the rights and privileges accorded to them. This includes providing state protection and welfare from their abusive fathers."<br />"We should not forget that these children are Singapore citizens. As such, they deserve all of the rights and privileges accorded to them. This includes providing state protection and welfare from their abusive fathers.These children should be protected like any Singaporean."<br />15<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />
  • 16. Don't Disparage Singapore<br />"How many more of these children need to be street vagrants in foreign lands and suffering from psychological problems before our government brings them back into the safety of their homeland?"<br />"How many more of these children need to be street vagrants in foreign lands and suffering from psychological problems before our government brings them back into the safety of their homeland?"<br />16<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />
  • 17. Appear Conservative<br />Remember editors' concerns<br />If Chee Soon Juan will say it, don't write it<br />What will Low ThiaKhiang or Sylvia Lim say?<br />17<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />
  • 18. No Sarcasm<br />"As a modern, world-class subway system, the MRT provides a fast and efficient mode of transport for Singaporeans and visitors."<br />"As a modern, world-class subway system, the MRT provides a fast and efficient mode of transport for Singaporeans and visitors."<br />18<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />
  • 19. The Bottom-line<br />Editors have the final say!<br />19<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />
  • 20. The Other Bottom-line<br />You only get one shot!<br />After the authorities respond, there's usually no follow-up.<br />20<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />
  • 21. What about Today?<br />Seems more liberal<br />Smart enough to detect sarcasm<br />Source: https://coollylogical.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/please-please-please-let-my-letter-be-published/<br />21<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />
  • 22. Now Go Forth And Write!<br />Balasingam-Chow Yu Hui<br />@yuhui<br />22<br />Presented by Yuhui at BarCamp Singapore 7 on 10 September 2011<br />Share your edits on Twitter with #stforum<br />

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