A multimedia journalist based in Singapore with a passion for storytelling.
Editorial Intern, CNBC International, Singapore June 2015 – present
Pitching and writing breaking news stories on a range of business and finance topics for CNBC.com, including startups and digital disruptors. Also curating/uploading wire stories and scheduling TV interviews onto the site. Previously wrote and filed video stories for Asia Squawk Box.
Editorial Intern, Singapore Press Holdings Magazines, Singapore, May – August 2011
Wrote about a range of lifestyle topics for six publications owned by Singapore Press Holdings Magazines. Coordinated big projects for three major magazines by compiling information, writing copy, doing fact checking, and organizing photoshoots on tight deadlines.
Beat editor and Staff Writer, The Ridge, NUS, Singapore August 2008 – July 2012
Pitched and wrote over 30 articles for the National University of Singapore’s campus magazine, The Ridge, which published eight times a year. Wrote about local talents on and off-campus, entertainment news, holiday guides, and big music festivals. Managed a team of eight regular writers and many guest contributors.
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
Account Executive, Ogilvy Public Relations, Singapore, September 2012 – July 2014
Researched and wrote about technology trends, solutions, and case studies for C-level executives; generated original story ideas about clients and successfully pitched them to local and international media. Created Facebook strategies for brands like Canon and Western Digital, growing both page likes and engagement rate.
Intern, Brands and Communication, IBM, Singapore May – August 2010
Drafted press releases and created eDMs that were distributed weekly to Singapore-based employees. Helped with the planning and execution of important events including an office visit by now Chairperson and CEO Virginia Rometty.
Research Intern, AMI-Partners, Singapore March – August 2008
Conducted market research on technology companies like IBM, HP, and SAP by looking at their financial statements and analyst reports to put together internal reports for senior managers.
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, N.Y., May 2015
Master of Science, with focus on business and finance news and data journalism. Reported for The Bronx Ink from Hunts Point, Bronx, covering enterprise stories on healthcare startups and the circus, and breaking news on crime and court hearings. Master’s Project: a 5,000-word long form story on the role of men’s groups in raising awareness against sexual violence towards women.
National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore, July 2012
Bachelor of Arts with Merit in English Literature and Economics. Wrote for and edited the entertainment beat for the monthly student publication, The Ridge.
SKILLS & OTHER INTERESTS
Languages: Native English, native Bengali, fluent Hindi, basic French, and basic Spanish.
Multimedia: Proficient in working with DSLRs and Canon C100s (for documentary filmmaking)
Software: Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite; has basic knowledge of CSS, Python, MySQL, and R.
Interests: Stamp collecting, playing multi-player strategy games, and creative writing