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Tech journalist Grace Chng moves on from Straits Times after 23 years

Grace ChngOne of Singapore’s most well respected specialist journalists, Grace Chng, has left the Straits Times after 23 years with the newspaper.

Chng covered the tech and telco industries and Singapore’s startup scene during her last five years with the paper as a senior correspondent, and before that was editor of the ST’s digital section, Digital Life, for some 19 years.

She has moved on from the newspaper to begin working on new ventures within the startup community, according to sources.

SPH did not provide a statement on Chng’s move, saying the company does not comment on staff matters.

Chng joined SPH as editor of Digital Life in 1993 from McGraw Hill-owned research firm DataPro, where she was editorial manager. She was also publishing director at SPH, leading Straits Times’ commercial unit which published Recruit, a special jobs section.

One of Chng’s last pieces for the ST, headlined Is the sweet deal for start-ups over? examined the impact of the government’s backing for startups in Singapore.

Chng, a canny operator who is known to give underprepared public relations professionals short thrift, was used as an example of how PRs should never approach journalists at an event on industry best practice last night.

“Don’t call her if you’re going to sound like an idiot,” said Meera Navaratnam, the organiser of women in business event series SheSays, and formerly a PR with agencies Weber Shandwick, Grayling and WE. “Make sure you have a counter pitch ready. Never say ‘I don’t know’ otherwise she’ll hang up on you.”

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