A Peek into the World of Journalism

Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay Blog | Blog Post of Cheryl Tay

I’ve given talks on motorsports to large audiences of youths before, but today was the first time I gave a sharing session on journalism as a career.


532381_446018248765751_627999996_n560932_446018312099078_2463689_nIt was a cosy session of just 12 students from Bedok Green Secondary School who signed up to learn more about journalism. 

426785_446018342099075_1474658512_nKeeping it casual, I touched briefly on what journalism is and how I got into this line. Rounding off the one-hour session was the Q&A segment where some of the questions connected with my heart and reminded me of how much I really love my work.


I thought I would share some of my slides from today’s presentation and also some of their questions…


A Peek into the World of Journalism

> What is Journalism?

> Why be a Journalist?

> Qualities of a Journalist

> Types of Journalism

> Journalism Scene in Singapore

> Related Academic Courses in Singapore






My Story

> The “Accidental Discovery”

> The Lucky One

> Pursuing My Passion

> Challenges




Tips to Get Started





Q: How has journalism changed your life?

A: Journalism has definitely changed my life in many ways. Firstly, it wasn’t something that I considered as a career when I was younger. “Accidentally” discovering my passion in writing was a great blessing for me as I am now able to pursue my passion and make a living out of it. On a personal development level, journalism has helped to widen the horizons of my mind and it has taught me to be more responsible for my words. Accountability and credibility, as well as the weight of my words being able to influence and make a difference in others’ lives taught me to grow up beyond my age.


Q: What is your goal in journalism?

A: To create a multimedia platform in a specialised field (in my case it would be cars and motorsports) and be like Oprah Winfrey.


Q: Parents want us to be doctors and lawyers, how plausible is a career in journalism?

A: My parents wanted me to be a doctor or lawyer too, but as I grew up they realised those areas weren’t where strengths and interests are. When I discovered how much I liked writing and reporting on events/news to the greater audience, they were very supportive and in fact, are very proud of me. When they see my byline in the newspapers, they get excited and keep it aside for me, sometimes even getting more copies for me.


Q: What’s the best thing about journalism for you?

A: Seeing my byline. Till this day, I still feel excited when I see “BY CHERYL TAY” in the papers, magazines, websites and various avenues that I write for. I check the shelves to see if the magazines are out, I flip the papers to find my article; and it gives me great self-satisfaction when I see the articles that I wrote.


Q: What’s the worst thing about journalism for you?

A: When others don’t agree with what you wrote. That’s perfectly normal as you cannot please everyone and each individual has his/her own opinion. Learn to take criticism, take the constructive comments and improve yourself, learn to be persistent but polite, be objective, be alert and keep having that curiosity and interest in the world around you.


Q: Advice?

A: Don’t take up journalism because you want to be “famous”. 



Thank you Bedok Green Secondary School, the pleasure was mine too!

Cheryl Tay

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Singapore’s only female full-time motoring and motorsports photojournalist. Independent automotive consultant and prominent local motorsports personality Cheryl Tay is uniquely passionate about all things cars and motorsports. She also has a strong passion to share her interest and knowledge, hence having a dream to become the ‘Oprah Winfrey of cars and motorsports’ and create a multimedia platform for her sharing. - A female in a male-dominated world, Cheryl Tay is Singapore’s only female full-time motoring journalist and motorsports blogger and she regularly writes for prominent titles in Singapore, Asia and internationally. (See full list of titles that Cheryl Tay writes for here.)

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