After 20 years with The New Paper, Eugene Wee will be taking over as editor of a new TNP - a merger between TNP and My Paper - in December. He will be stepping up from his current role as TNP’s news editor, in which he oversees the coverage of local news.
As a student, Eugene majored in broadcast studies to broaden his scope of learning.
“I knew I would get journalism training at SPH, so it was better to learn something that I won’t get to learn on the job,” said the Singapore Press Holdings scholar.
He fondly remembers his professional internship at MTV, where he wrote scripts and took on floor management duties. A highlight of his internship was when he became gaming buddies with television presenter Mike Kasem.
“We played Starcraft and would discuss strategies in between the ad segments. Once, he totally forgot his lines because he was so engrossed in a strategy talk we had,” said Eugene.
Fun aside, he advises aspiring journalists to take their internships seriously, as they can “make or break” one’s future.
“There’s only one question you need to answer after your internship – ‘Is journalism the career for me?’ If yes, great. If no, that’s even better. You can channel your efforts into something else in school and explore other options.”