About

Summary

Nicholas Yeo is a final-year undergraduate at the Wee Kim Wee School of Information at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

He undertakes freelance photography, multimedia journalism and copywriting assignments.

Education

Nicholas is a fourth-year Communication Studies undergraduate at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information (WKWSCI) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

While at WKWSCI, he was part of the Go-Far programme, an advanced journalism module where students travelled to Estonia to report as foreign correspondents. He also photographed for campus newspaper The Nanyang Chronicle, where he was awarded “Best Photo” in two semesters.

Nicholas was also a stringer for the Agence France-Presse (AFP) newswire, where he produced multimedia features and covered the historic Trump-Kim summit in Singapore. His work for AFP has taken him to the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit, Shangri-la Dialogue and Singapore Air Show, among other events.

He was also a sub-committee member at the Communication and Information (CI) club and Publicity Director at the NTU Current Affairs Society, which runs ministerial forums and promotes public-policy awareness amongst students.

Nicholas graduated from the Diploma in Communications & Media Management at Temasek Polytechnic School of Business. He was awarded a Diploma Plus certificate in Cross Cultural Studies with distinctions in Global Citizenship and Cross-Cultural Psychology.

He was Managing Editor at campus newspaper Stop Press, where he authored numerous articles was awarded the cohort’s “Best Scoop” and “Best Photo”. He also won the GardenAsia Prize for “Best Magazine Publication and produced corporate videos for the polytechnic.

Areas of Expertise

Nicholas specialises in photography, documentary videography, journalism and copywriting.

Mediacorp Press Ltd

In 2012, he was an intern at TODAY, a local daily in Singapore published by Mediacorp Press Ltd. While at the Digital Desk, he produced a slew of news reports, photos, documentary videos and technology reviews. The experience profoundly shaped his work ethic in a media landscape amidst digital convergence.

For his work, he was awarded the TODAY Photo of the Year 2013, as well as the TODAY Photo of the Month Award twice – once for his photo of a firefighter at East Village hotel being treated for burns (that put the work of the SCDF DART team in the spotlight) and for his photo of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, whose apparent demise sparked an outpouring of emotion.

While at TODAY, Nicholas covered major stories such as the Circle Line train disruption, East Village hotel fire, opening of Gardens by the Bay, collapse of UIC building, NUS fire, murder at The Arcade Collyer Quay, Hougang By-election, City Harvest Church case, visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as the arrival of giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia, among others.

Nicholas has also undertaken freelance assignments for Mediacorp Press Ltd (Punggol East By Election), Tatsuya Japanese Restaurant (Corporate Video), Sentosa Leisure Management Group (Spooktacular), Fook Hing Trading Co, Singapore Swimming Club (New Year Countdowns), Eyewise Vision Clinic and Ogilvy Public Relations (TEDx The Future of Local).

Agence France-Presse

In 2018, Nicholas was a stringer at Agence France-Press (AFP), the third largest international news wire agency. Founded in 1835, AFP was established by the French Resistance following the liberation of Paris. It has bureaus in 150 countries.

While at AFP, Nicholas produced news report, features, photos and videos for wire syndication. He covered events such as the ASEAN Summit, City Harvest Church Appeal, Billie Jean King’s WTA Finals Launch, The Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods, IBO Bantamweight Finals and visit of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. He also assisted during the visit of AFP chairman Emmanuel Hoog to Singapore.

Personal Life

Fountain Pens

A collector and experienced reviewer with more than a decade of experience, Nicholas runs Inky Passion, a fountain pen news and reviews site. He also ran Inky Passion, a fountain pen news and reviews site. He was one of the earliest members of the 2000-strong Singapore Fountain Pen Lovers group.

Nicholas set up an online site for Fook Hing Trading Co, a leading retailer of fine writing instruments. He was also commissioned to photograph exclusive Omas Limited Edition fountain pens and provided product photography services to Staedtler Singapore for their Initium SG50 Flora & Fauna Limited Edition fountain pen.

Nicholas volunteered his services to photograph and design promotional materials for a set of Limited Edition fountain pens by ONLINE Germany and Fook Hing Trading Co. All proceeds from the sale were donated to the Community Chest as part of commemorative efforts during SG50.

Nicholas also provided event photography and news coverage to leading retailer Aesthetic Bay and A.W. Faber Castell Singapore during the launch of the Faber Castell boutique at ION Orchard and the Faber-Castell Karl Box launches at ION Orchard, TANGS and Marina Square.

Nicholas is regularly commissioned to photograph limited edition Japanese maki-e and Russian lacquer art fountain pens by AP Limited Editions, many of which are published in Pen World magazine.

He was interviewed by the Moving Visuals Company for a Mediacorp Okto documentary titled “Bespoke” and a Channel 8 “Morning Express” feature – both were about fine writing instruments.

Others

Nicholas also volunteered as a media producer at The Intan, a Peranakan Private Museum in Katong. His photos of rare Peranakan cultural artefacts were exhibited at Hawaii’s East West Centre from May to September 2013.

He served two years of mandatory military service as a Military Policeman in the Singapore Armed Forces. During his stint at the Ministry of Defence, he was commended for his efforts as Platoon and Company Best Soldier.

Nicholas enjoys decadent food, tea, literature, technology and jazz music. He also plays tennis, table tennis, and has an ABRSM Grade 8 certificate in classical piano.