Santha Kumar K Gopala

  • Copy Editor
  • Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
  • Oct 02, 2020
Full time Marketing

Personal Summary

Have been a broadcaster and journalist for almost 50 years now. Performed a host of duties and functions.

Am still keen to contribute and earn a decent living.

Work Experience

Copy Editor
Jul 2016 - Oct 2017 The Malaysian Reserve
Content Officer
Sep 2015 - Apr 2016 Marketing Magazine
Managing Editor
Nov 2012 - Aug 2015 Kuala Lumpur Foundation

"Criminalise War" - the official organ of the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW)

Managing Editor
May 2012 - Nov 2012 SME Magazine

HR Asia

These two publications, one a monthly and the other a quarterly have been around for a number of years. Contributors help with the editorials, which have to be "subbed" and content looked into. With just 3 in house journalists, I have been very much the mentor to them.

Managing Editor
Jun 2009 - Jan 2012 The Globalist

This is a bimonthly magazine that has an international reach, in that it is distributed to all Malaysian missions overseas. As the Managing Editor I sourced articles, conducted interviews, edited and then helped with the lay out as well. It was in many ways a One-Man-Show, as I was also involved with Advertising and collection of payments.

Language Consultant
Jan 2005 - Dec 2007 Mexapixel Sdn Bhd

This was a company that was creating language services and programmes for adults and working non-English speaking public.

Consultant
Jun 1999 - Dec 2002 Chamber of Commerce

LP3I, KADIN INDONESIA (Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

I had served as a Consultant with LP3I, a compartment of KADIN Indonesia, as a resource person to the Chairman of LP3I, in his many tasks of promoting investments, tourism and business to foreign investors. This entailed speech writing, undertaking research on specific topics, and in preparing the Chairman with sufficient background on the subjects. The other task I undertook during this period was to produce and publish a book entitled, Investing In Indonesia on behalf of LP3I and Kadin.

Editor
Jun 1993 - Apr 1999 a subsidiary of SingTel

Technical Advisor, PT Media Dutaservisindo, Jakarta

Appointed Editor with responsibilities for publishing The Visitors' Guide To Malaysia, Business Visitors' Guide To Malaysia, Borneo Bulletin Year Book, Malaysia Motoring Guide, Kids: Health and Education Guide.

Helped establish the editorial and production depts. And lay out the standards to be followed. Responsible for free lance writers, photography and a team of support staff.

In April 1997, posted to Indonesia to work with a joint venture company as Technical Advisor. Helped to produce the Visitors' Guide to Bali and several other publications.

General Manager
Jan 1991 - Jan 1993 Skyrep Associates Malaysia, Sdn Bhd
Editor
Jan 1990 - Jan 1991 AR Format Pte Ltd

AR Format had been the official marketing agent to the initial LIMA exhibition. I was tasked with writing the concept paper for the aerospace element of LIMA, which was accepted with slight modifications by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence.

Legislative Assistant to Member of Parliament, Singapore (a position I held on a part-time basis)
The latter post allowed me to have a better understanding of Parliament in Singapore. I was a speech writer and researcher for an MP, looking into several social and economic issues of the day.

Journalist
Jan 1987 - Jan 1990 The Straits Times Press

While the broadcast media enabled me to develop to the highest levels and provided me the background to undertake local and international political subjects, interact with many senior Ministers and decision-makers, I moved on to the field of print journalism, where I felt that even greater challenges lay. It also enabled me to understand first-hand the newspaper/publishing business. The stint at the School of Journalism was most valuable for it put into perspective the need to be clear in thought and to express oneself in the written form. While in broadcasting one used voice and language to communicate, in the written form there is no substitute for clarity of thought.

This strict training, coupled with my earlier background in radio and television enabled me to be prepared for the very many challenges in life as my career developed and took different turns.

Executive Producer, (Current Affairs)
Jan 1980 - Jan 1987 Singapore Broadcasting Corporation

I had spent a total of 17 years in the field of broadcasting, rising to the position of Executive Producer with the Current Affairs Department of the then Singapore Broadcasting Corporation.

As the editor, it was my main task to lead a team of producers and presenters, to maintain quality both of the spoken word and to ensure the technical quality of the programmes broadcast. As a news-reader myself, I had to maintain and apply the highest qualities of presentation and clarity.

As a producer, it was my task to conduct interviews with heads of state, senior government officials, captains of industry, academics and even the ordinary man in the street.

Programme Assistant, Radio and Television Malaysia
Jan 1970 - Jan 1980

Education

BA - (History) UM
STRAITS TIMES SCHOOL OF JOURNLAISM

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