CQS 25th Anniversary Tribute: Bertrand Teo

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Bertrand Teo (Summer 2011)
Corporate Communications Manager
Housing & Development Board (Singapore)

The Chips Quinn Scholars program gave me a head start in my television news career in Singapore, where I worked as a news producer for the country’s main news broadcaster, Channel NewsAsia (CNA).

The weeklong training course in Nashville, Tenn., was one of the best learning experiences of my life. I remember how the trainers sent us into the city to search for stories, armed only with our mobile devices. We had to create news narratives by filming all that Nashville offered, and by tweeting and blogging about it.

The experience laid a foundation for producing visual news. It gave me confidence in the use of “picture grammar,” the law of sequencing in visual storytelling. It spurred me to go the extra mile to produce digital videos during my CQS reporting internship at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky.

Five years on, after learning a great deal at the C-J and CNA, I have moved into corporate communications. But the early experience in producing digital video is what gave me an edge in being selected for my current job. I am grateful for the CQS program and proud to say that I am a Chipster.

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