The journey from video-phobe to video-phile

by Bertrand Teo

The Chips Quinn Scholars program revived my interest in visual storytelling.

In college, I pushed myself to learn about multimedia journalism. But writing for print is my first love, and the technical aspects of filming and editing video were stumbling blocks to my appreciation of the medium.

The multimedia training I received as part of the Chips Quinn Scholars program in summer 2011 helped to consolidate the years of training in visual communication I received in school. It also convinced me that video storytelling – through the interactivity of broadcast elements – can be a superior form of engaging news consumers.

During my internship at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., I made full use of the lessons I learned at the Diversity Institute in Nashville, Tenn. I was determined to keep my video-editing skills alive for future employment purposes.

My efforts were well worth it. I recently found full-time work with Singapore’s sole broadcaster, Mediacorp.

As I enter the broadcast journalism profession as a news producer, I can say that the CQS program helped give me an edge with my current employer over other applicants for the job.

Bertrand Teo is a news producer for MediaCorp in Singapore.



  1. Leona Y. Johnson

    Congrats Bertrand. You deserve it.

  2. Lisa Tan

    Congratulation Bertrand! ^_^

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