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Taylor’s and Newswav Inks a MOU to Strengthen Academia-Industry Collaboration in Digital Journalism

Taylor's University has partnered with Newswav, Malaysia's leading content aggregator, to provide Taylor's students with the opportunity to learn, earn and build a digital portfolio through the Newswav platform. This collaboration aims to enhance students' work experience and improve their employability in media-related industries.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Taylor's University's Head of the School of Media and Communication (SOMAC), Ms. Prema Ponnudurai, and Newswav's Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Swee Wai Hoow, during a ceremony at Taylor's Lakeside Campus in conjunction with SOMAC's inaugural Journofest. It was an event conceptualized to spark interest among journalism and media practice students.

Journofest is also intended to bridge the gap between academia and industry. It will continue to serve as a signature event for the school to share the latest trends and insights on journalism and media industry with students. The MOU further outlines academia-industry collaboration through initiatives like certification courses and Masterclass workshops in video filming, podcast and content creation for students.

As part of the partnership, Taylor's University and Newswav have launched the Creator Incubation Programme, which allows students to be paid for producing online content and stories using Newswav's digital monetization system. The programme is supported by industry professionals, experienced Journalists and Content Creators who mentor the students.

To mark this special occasion, SOMAC together with Newswav had also held a special forum after the signing ceremony featuring veteran Creators, most of whom have accumulated more than a 1 million views on Newswav, who shared their experiences, tips and advice on becoming a Content Creator on the Newswav platform. The lively forum was moderated by prominent Business Coach Dr. Rahim Said, and featured Independent Writer Mr. P. Gunasegaram, Retired News Editor and Journalist Mr. R. Nadeswaran and Entrepreneur Mr. Kamarul Azwan.


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