The Globe as you know it is changing. Coming June 2019

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  • Member engagement with our journalists
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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Nabil Rosman / The youngster earning plaudits for stunning conceptual photography

By: Cristyn Lloyd - Posted on: September 15, 2018 | Culture & Life

Nabil Rosman is a fresh-faced 18-year-old making a big impression on the Malaysian photography scene with his conceptual photos of life in Kuala Lumpur. Rosman won the under-21 category of the prestigious Hasselblad Masters international photography competition earlier this year, and he’s now showcasing his work for the first time at this month’s Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival

How did you make it into an arts festival at such a young age?
It started with the Hasselblad competition. Last year I was editing my pictures and then I was thinking about what I [should] do with [them], so I tried to search for available competitions on the internet. And then I came upon this competition, Hasselblad Masters, so I took the risk because I had nothing to lose, and in January I was announced as one of the winners. After that, the director for the Kuala Lumpur festival contacted me and she asked me if I could join the festival… I’m very excited because at a young age, showcasing my work for the public, it’s a wonderful journey. Being young, I’m actually proud of it. I want to show people that being young doesn’t mean you have to follow your parents’ dream. You can actually follow your own dream.

How did it feel to win the award?
It feels unreal, actually, because I’m a self-taught photographer. I don’t have any formal education in photography. I learned photography through YouTube, Pinterest, Flickr and Instagram. Some people told me that it’s not worth it because a camera can cost [a lot], so sometimes I felt lost. But after winning the Hasselblad [prize], I got to show something to people – I showed that if you follow your passion, some way or another, it will be worth it.

Nabil Rosman will showcase his work at the Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival

Are social media platforms like Instagram becoming more important for young photographers wanting to make a name for themselves?
Instagram is a good platform for photographers, but you have to follow trends. If you are not following the trend, you will not get the engagement and the reach – but then again, Instagram is [good] for a young photographer to showcase their work because it is free and it has a lot of users. But we cannot depend on Instagram alone because we have [other platforms] solely for professional photographers… I myself only use Instagram. You can easily engage with people.

Do you feel pressure being a young photographer or that other professional photographers don’t take you as seriously?
Quite a lot, because all the photographers in Malaysia, they have their own groups, they have their own followers. And my work is kind of different from theirs because I [do] conceptual [photography], but most photographers in Malaysia, they have the same kind of [style], maybe street [photography] or portraits. So being different is kind of hard. You don’t get a lot of support here. I think professional photographers here in Malaysia need to open up more – they love to be senior. The seniority in photography in Malaysia is complicated.

What’s the biggest challenge for a young photographer?
Money – because photographers need to travel a lot, they have to buy the props, hire models. Basically, I don’t have that much money right now, being so young. Luckily, I have my parents to support me and I am working also.