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Movers, shakers and go-getters

Everyone’s a winner in NTU’s Class of 2017. HEY! salutes the many talents in our midst here

Queen of drama award

Holly Matthews

Communication studies

Holly Matthews PHOTO: MARK BENEDICT CHEONG

Holly likes to learn – but you won’t find her nose buried in textbooks. The Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information graduand says she would much rather be in the thick of action. “You have to go out there and tell the story. You have to find your own leads; you’re not just learning about the theory of journalism. I had to go out to find sources, film them or just talk to people. The school gives you a lot of practice,” says Holly.

That practice came in handy during the 2015 Kota Kinabalu landslide. While interning at TODAY, Holly was given the unenviable task of attending numerous wakes of the primary school-going victims. “It was the most difficult thing I had to do – talk to grieving parents who had lost their children – but it was an amazing learning experience too. I’m immensely grateful to the families for letting me into their lives at such a difficult time,” Holly recounts.

Knowing the intimate workings of a newsroom also helped Holly during her attachment at Channel NewsAsia, where she chased stories, worked with a cameraman to get the required video footage, wrote scripts, locked down voice talents and packaged stories in time for the news hour.

While Holly tells us she had harboured ambitions of being a TV newscaster since primary school, her passion lies in entertainment. As far as she can remember, Holly has been into drama – starting from kindergarten. Joining the oratorical and debate societies in school also played a big part in her eloquence and honed her language skills.

The 23-year-old, who is currently working in “entertainment publicity”, tells us she’s also written some episodes of MediaCorp’s Lion Moms with her sister, also an NTU communication studies alumna. The Matthews siblings’ love for drama stemmed from childhood, when their father dramatised bedtime stories instead of just reading them. Holly says she would like to continue telling stories in her career, wherever that takes her. One thing’s for certain, drama runs in her veins.