A journalist since the early 90s, Teoh started off his career with the New Straits Times spending 6 years with the company before moving on to pursue his passion for nature conservation with WWF Malaysia.
After 8 years, Teoh joined The Star Publications as a senior writer focusing on conservation and sustainable development issues while at the same time spending a brief stint handling pages for the Star’s Metro South-east pages.
In 2006, he took on the challenge to establish the country’s first community newspaper – SJ Echo. By late 2007, SJ Echo was launched in Subang Jaya with 20,000 copies circulated free of charge in the suburban neighbourhood. Today SJ Echo’s physical edition stands at almost 30,000 copies with an online presence as well.
Teoh manages the day-to-day running of SJ Echo, which does not carry political stories in its content. The focus is on the community and the issues that affect them. SJ Echo is now 9 years old.
SJ Echo: The Pillar of the Community
Teoh’s presentation at the Asean Newspaper Printers Conference in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam on September 27 2016 will focus on how SJ Echo as a new publication back in 2007 is now a prime mover in community issues and news in Subang Jaya. The presentation will focus on how a small publication created ripples in the community when it first started; turning those ripples into waves to drive the community in the right direction.
Hand-in-hand with the community, SJ Echo has grown into the pillar of the community that is widely read not only in Subang Jaya but also by many in other neighbourhoods.
The presentation will outline how SJ Echo has successfully worked on a symbiotic relationship with mainstream media, the community as well as local authorities to grow into a “Must Read” publication and community news portal.