Fiddling with computers back when he was in primary school was what got Aaron Tan (CS ’04) interested in technology. His childhood fascination would later inspire the 38-year-old to take up a career in technology journalism.
Currently a senior editor at TechTarget, a media company that has won over 200 awards for editorial excellence, Tan has been covering the technology industry since graduation.
Specialising in journalism back in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Tan’s first job was at Singapore Press Holdings, where he wrote for the weekly technology supplement called Computer Times, the predecessor of Digital Life. However, his journalistic journey was not smooth-sailing: when Tan was starting out, he struggled to get the attention of newsmakers. It took him many attempts before his stories were picked up by international news wires.
Tan feels that the basics of news reporting, editorial integrity and accuracy that he learned in WKWSCI set the foundations for his career. He said, “All of which are more relevant and important than ever with the noise and fake news that we’re getting on the internet today.”