Comments on: These Ten Months http://centennial.journalism.columbia.edu/reflections/these-ten-months/ Sat, 06 Apr 2013 22:50:45 +0000 hourly 1 By: Kin-Yong Chin http://centennial.journalism.columbia.edu/reflections/these-ten-months/#comment-2256 Kin-Yong Chin Sun, 29 Jul 2012 07:29:54 +0000 http://centennial.journalism.columbia.edu/?post_type=reflections&p=3142#comment-2256 I remember Prof. Richard Baker when he came to University Science Malaysia in the state of Penang in Malaysia to teach Journalism in the School of Humanities, Mass Communications programme.

I was not a Journalism major, but a Broadcasting one. There was, however, a course called Advanced Reporting and Writing that all students had to take. Some of the classes were conducted by Prof. Baker.

The moment he stepped into class, we knew this was a man who teaches through experience. As students, we held on to every word that he spoke. The Journalism students had to put out a weekly campus newspaper, and his post-mortem comments was awaited with bated breath after each issue.

After one of his classes, he announced that Mrs Baker and he would like the company of all students at his residence for a end-of-semester party, and no one is exempted. I got to talk to Prof. Baker for some time at the party, and it was gratifying that even though he does not know much about me like he did of his Journalism students, he treated me no differently by inquiring about my progress and post-graduation plans.

It has been a good 40 plus years since then, but Prof. Baker remains very much in my memory as one of those who had an influence in what I am today.

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