JEREMY BOO, 22
MASS COMMUNICATION GRADUATE
AN ADVENTUROUS JOURNALIST
Jeremy spent 10 days in the slums of Manila, Philippines, on a journalism study trip. The eye-opening expedition led to a 9-page spread in The Straits Times, winning him a prestigious award at the International Committee of the Red Cross Young Reporter Competition. The 22-year-old was then invited to travel to war-torn Georgia. These two expeditions gave him the opportunity to hone his journalistic skills.
YOU ENCOUNTERED A NERVE-WRECKING EXPERIENCE IN MANILA! TELL US MORE.
I was the student leader of that journalism trip, and I was prepared to write an article highlighting the situation of the slums in the city. I was carrying out an interview when I thought I heard a rifle being cocked. It was quite unexpected and I didn’t know what to do.
DID YOU ENCOUNTER ANY SIMILARLY DANGEROUS SITUATIONS IN GEORGIA, A COUNTRY THAT’S SUFFERING FROM THE AFTERMATH OF WAR?
The country is still mired in diplomatic and political conflict, but I didn’t feel that my life was in danger at any point. Despite being war-torn, you see art pieces dotting the city streets and it was very nice. When I was there, I went close to the Administrative Border Lines. The people on the other side of the border identified themselves as Georgians, but taking a single step across the border would classify them as illegals. The border is just a narrow river, but crossing it would make them criminals. You could defi nitely feel the emotional tension.
HOW DID YOUR EDUCATION IN NGEE ANN PREPARE YOU FOR SUCH AN EXCITING START IN JOURNALISM?
I have always been interested in journalism and humanitarian issues. Ngee Ann gave me a foundation where I built my interests and skills in journalism by reading, practising, and editing publications. I was given a lot of freedom to explore my interests and strengths in journalism, photography and new media.
ANY PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
I’m working on an independent documentary and social media campaign about dementia, with the support of the Lien Foundation. I’ve also set up a company called Hachisu together with a friend from Mass Communication. We provide design and editorial services that give businesses a personalised touch. We intend to use our earnings from the company to continue making documentaries and stories.