In 2015, Annabelle Liang joined The Associated Press as its only freelance reporter in Singapore.
Among all the stories she’s worked on, she’s most proud of her profile on Workers’ Party Chairman Sylvia Lim during the 2015 general election.
What made it an unforgettable assignment for her was the “tremendous effort” it took to “get the whole picture,” said Annabelle. She had to conduct multiple interviews and make two to three trips to Lim’s rallies.
Besides working for AP, Annabelle also takes on corporate writing projects for organisations such as Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and Infocomm Investments, the investment arm of the Infocomm Media Development Authority.
Her two stints as sports and opinions editor of The Nanyang Chronicle had set the foundation for a career in journalism. It was an “irreplaceable experience” as she had also found a group of friends in her time there, she said.
As part of the SOJOURN team that went to North Korea in 2011, she recalled: “It was difficult as we had to find stories amidst many restrictions. We had to be alert and try to spot stories while toeing the line.”
Annabelle advises WKWSCI journalism students to be unafraid in seizing the opportunities around them. “Be open to criticism, especially from people who are experienced. Don't be afraid to laugh at yourself.”