Only three local students won Chinese Blog (博客)Competi-tion. And 15 of the 18 awards went to students from China.
170 students' task:to get a fully-designed blog up and running,complete with many postings based on a theme of choice-all writtenin Chinese.
Themes ranged from local opinions-such as the usage of Sin-glish,education and whether Singapore can be a cultural centre-tofood blogs.
The entries were judged on language proficiency (熟练程度)and the quality of writing,as well as the design and level of exchan-ging ideas with readers.
Academics from the National University of Singapore and theSIM University, IT experts, and a journalist from Chinese newspaperLianhe Zaobao in Singapore made up the judges.
In the end, only three Singaporean students made it to the awardlist-the rest of the awards were swept up by students from China.
"No surprise, "said Mr. Chow Yaw Long, 37, teacher-in-chargefrom Innova Junior College, which organized the event. "Although thetopics were local subjects, the foreign students were generally betterin terms of the content of the posts and their grasp of the Chineselanguage. "
One of the three local students winning the first prize in the BestLanguage Award was blogger Christina Gao, 19, from the SaintAndrew's Junior College,who spared no effort in researching for andwriting her biog. Each entry took her between five and seven days toproduce, complete with pictures and even podcasts(播客).
Her advice for bloggers is:Be responsible.
"' Some bloggers out there only seek to blame the authorities andother bloggers," said Miss Gao, "I think they lack responsibilitiesand there is no value to their posts. "
1. The competition was organized by __.
A. the National University of Singapore
B. Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao
C. Innova Junior College
D. the Saint Andrew's Junior College.