Tell us about yourself.
My name is Kim Wong, I worked as a digital journalist with Channel NewsAsia. I’m Malaysian.
How did you get into the field you are in now?
A friend of mine told me there was an opening and they were looking for someone who was interested in telling stories. I came from a business degree background so I had absolutely no knowledge of production or journalism. But I was interested in photography and videography having done some on the side in university. So i basically showed them my instagram photos and a travel video I did up, they thought i had an eye visually and thats how I got the job.
What motivates you to keep doing what you do?
That I was able to tell stories of ordinary Singaporeans and issues to a wider audience, and helping people be more aware of what is around us. It was accomplishing knowing how some stories were life changing and to be able to share that was motivating enough.
Could you imagine yourself doing any other job than the one you’re doing now?
Yes, the job scope was not just being a digital journalist but also at the same time we had to manage our social platforms and run a facebook page. Which means a business/marketing mindset in knowing what works and what does not too. So with that knowledge and background, I could go into social media marketing work and telling stories but from a business point of view.
If you could go back in time and do something differently what would it be?
I would have pushed myself more, in terms of getting out of my comfort zone, and honing better interview skills in getting out the best stories that I could. I could have challenged myself more as well in terms of the visual elements (shooting, camera angles etc) to tell a better story visually.
One piece of advice you would give someone starting out in the creative field?
Take in constructive criticism and learn from it. Don’t think that just because you have a great idea, it is a great idea and will work. No. You’re gonna have great ideas, and you’re gonna have stupid ideas that you feel the need to execute, but take a moment to look at things from a different perspective, talk to other people, and find out how those comments from others can help make your work better.
Kim can be found on Instagram @iamkimwong