Ritchie featured in ‘Celebrating the Writer’ programme
I wonder 50 years from now, what will happen to traditional media and would we still have books, newspapers and magazines or will everything about writing be fully electronic? – Heidi Munan, author.
THE WORLD of writing especially among today’s smartphone and computer-literate generation is rapidly changing.
According to Swiss-born author Heidi Munan, the interest and focus for youngsters nowadays is rapidly shifting as they spend most of their time blogging and doing online writing, which differs from the more traditional ways of writing in hard copy for books and newspapers.
“I wonder 50 years from now, what will happen to traditional media and would we still have books, newspapers and magazines or will everything about writing be fully electronic?
“As I am an observer, not a prophet,” she continued, “I cannot tell what will happen in future but I just hope for the best especially in the field of writing.”
She was speaking during the ‘Writing the Ritchie Way’ workshop organised by the Sarawak State Library on Dec 18.
The workshop was held to share writing techniques and reporting among participants which included government officials and private agencies representatives, as well as to expose them to various styles of writing done veteran journalist James Alexander Ritchie himself.
Ritchie, is a former journalist and a prolific writer who has produced 26 books and hundreds of articles. His books include ‘Abdul Taib Mahmud’, ‘50 years in the news’, ‘Bujang Senang Terror’, ‘Penan on the move’, ‘Man-eating crocodiles of Borneo’, ‘The adventures of Johnny Ritchie’ and ‘The life of Temenggong Koh, 1870-1956’.
Dr Jeniri Amir, an academician and a prolific author who focuses on Malaysian political affairs especially in Sarawak, and Dunstan Chan, a much sought-after public speaker who has given motivational and keynote speeches across the Asia-Pacific region also attended the event.
Ritchie is the first writer to be featured in the state library’s ‘Celebrating the Writer’ programme.