Going the distance

Journalism graduates of the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information return for a bash to mark the 10th anniversary of the GO-FAR (Going Overseas for Advanced Reporting) programme. Aloysius Boh looks at how far the GO-FAR alum have come...

Neo Xiaobin, 31
Photojournalist with The Straits Times
GO-FAR 2006 in Nepal

Won Singapore's most coveted photography award, the ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu, in August; Singapore Press Holdings’ Young Journalist of the Year nominee in 2012; Society of Publishers in Asia honours for excellence in feature photography in 2011 and 2012; Silver award (Best in Photojournalism – Feature Photography category) at the WAN-IFRA Asian Media Awards; Best in Online Video award at the 2013 Asian Digital Media Awards
“Things that I learnt during GO-FAR still help when I’m overseas on assignment and even on a day-to-day basis. You learn how to be flexible and to adapt on the ground.”
– Neo Xiaobin
Jeanette Tan, 25
Online reporter for Yahoo Singapore
GO-FAR 2010 in Timor-Leste

2012 Society of Publishers in Asia award for excellence in multimedia news presentation for a feature on the Tanjong Pagar railway station

Zakaria Zainal, 29
Independent photographer
GO-FAR 2009 in Bangladesh

Published two books on Gurkhas (publishers: Epigram Books and Ethos Books); exhibited in numerous exhibitions like CUT 2012: New Photography From Southeast Asia

Basil Edward Teo, 25
Freelance photographer
GO-FAR 2013 in Japan

Won the Asian Television Award for producing the best video final-year project; has shot portraits of American rapper Azealia Banks and singer-actress Rahimah Rahim

Liza Lin, 31
China correspondent for Bloomberg
GO-FAR 2005 in Sri Lanka

One of three finalists for the 2014 Society of Publishers in Asia award for excellence in business reporting; co‑authored the book We are Family: Stories of People with Disabilities