Anna Kwa En HuiAnna Kwa
Diploma in Creative Writing for Television and New Media (DTVM)

Tan Kay Yong Gold Medal

Empowering others through impactful storytelling 

As a child, Anna loved watching television shows that were filled with tales of exciting quests and adventures. Fascinated by how the onscreen characters could move viewers with their struggles and triumphs, she fell in love with writing and new media platforms. She also realised that her two interests could be used as impactful tools for storytelling to connect with and empower audiences in many innovative ways.

Eager to pursue her interests, the exuberant and confident Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School alumna subsequently enrolled into the
Diploma in Creative Writing for Television and New Media (DTVM) at Singapore Polytechnic (SP), which is the only institution to offer such a course.

The Tan Kay Yong Gold Medal recipient had a fruitful and enriching experience during her time at SP. Under her lecturers’ tutelage and encouragement, Anna was able to hone her craft in storytelling via various media platforms and gain essential knowledge in the process.

A memorable documentary project taught Anna the importance of being compassionate and selfless. She had the privilege of shadowing the Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES) and documenting their efforts to save and rehabilitate wild animals in need. Anna was awed by the staff’s dedication and enthusiasm, and realised the joy and satisfaction that come from serving and helping others.

The highlight of her course was an enriching and rewarding six-month internship experience at the Ministry of Education (MOE), where she worked as a content producer at the Design Office of the Communications and Engagement Group.  Anna was heavily involved in communicating MOE’s messages to key stakeholders and developing strategies for campaigns across multiple media. She also played a key role in supporting the Ministry and Minister Chan Chun Sing’s social media platforms.

One key takeaway for her was the importance that effective messaging from the government on society and how clear and concise communication is vital to maintaining public trust.

Outside of her studies, Anna is also an active member and president of the SP Comperes. She took the initiative to organise and assign emcees for a Mid-Autumn Festival celebration at the Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre. Drawing on her skills in digital media, Anna showcased her creativity by making use of technology to enhance the experience for the elderly beneficiaries through videography and editing.

She has set her sights on joining the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) as a communications specialist, contributing to the development of the nation’s digital infrastructure which has a significant impact on its economic growth, innovation, and social development. Beyond her work at MCI, Anna also has plans to be actively involved in community development initiatives that support digital literacy and technology adoption to bridge the digital divide in the community.




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