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Alan Soon – The Splice Newsroom

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Alan Soon,  ‎Newsroom transformation specialist, Founder, The Splice Newsroom, ONA Singapore Co-Founder.

 

WHAT LED YOU TO START WORKING IN DIGITAL/MEDIA PUBLISHING?

I’ve grown up in newsrooms. I started in radio and later moved to TV, newswires, a magazine and an international news portal. It’s been a long journey across two decades, but I love it!

 

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

There’s always a coffee somewhere at the start of the day. But that’s where the consistency ends. Much of the day is scheduled around meetings (either in person or on Skype/Hangouts/Messenger/WhatsApp). There’s a lot of catching up to see what’s happening in the media space and I also set aside time to figure out how to make sense of it.

 

WHAT’S YOUR WORK SETUP LOOK LIKE?

My entire business is in Google Suite. Front-end apps include Astro (emails), Fantastical (calendar), Todoist (tasks), Simplenote (notes), Whatsapp and Telegram (chat) and Twist (collaboration).  

 

WHAT DO YOU DO OR GO TO GET INSPIRED?

I read a lot and I try to make sure I set aside time to do that. Podcasts also go a long way in helping me learn. I also travel a lot, which opens up new thoughts and ideas. Another important thing: I make sure I’m around people who are inspiring. That’s key.

 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF WRITING OR QUOTE?

“You will never get any more out of life than you expect.” — Bruce Lee

 

WHAT IS THE PASSIONATE PROBLEM YOU ARE TACKLING AT THE MOMENT?

The transformation of the news industry as it battles changing consumer habits, business models and monetization.

 

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IS THERE A PRODUCT, SOLUTION OR TOOL THAT MAKES YOU THINK IT IS A GOOD DESIGN FOR YOUR DIGITAL PUBLISHING EFFORTS?

Google Suite. It integrates with pretty much everything.

 

ANY ADVICE FOR AMBITIOUS DIGITAL PUBLISHING AND MEDIA PROFESSIONALS JUST STARTING OUT?

Always ask: What’s the problem that needs to be solved? At the end of the day, that’s all that matters.

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