Winners of the MediaCorp News Awards 2010

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Winners of the MediaCorp News Awards 2010


Singapore, 21 May 2010 – MediaCorp News Awards 2010 was a night of surprises and twists. In a step away from the usual awards to journalists, MediaCorp introduced a special award, The Journalists' Choice Award. This inaugural award was introduced to celebrate and recognize an individual that has gone the extra mile for journalists to clinch that special story. And this first inaugural award went to Mr Chin Sau Ho, Director (FTA), Ministry of Finance.

MediaCorp’s journalistic talents across its television, radio, print and online platforms were recognised at the fifth annual MediaCorp News Award ceremony held today at MediaCorp TV Theatre. The winners are: 

News Story of the Year
Guided Or Misguided? 
Print: TODAY

Feature Story of the Year
Extraordinary People- Hospice Volunteer
Television: News

Entertainment Story of the Year
Mi-chelle We Get Married? Love, Shaun 
Publishing: 8 DAYS

Story of the Year with Public Participation
My Life: Then & Now
Print

Online Initiative of the Year
www.BlogTV.sg
Television: Channel NewsAsia

Young Journalist of the Year
Alicia Wong
Print: TODAY

Journalist of the Year
Sujadi Siswo
Television: Channel NewsAsia

Journalists' Choice Award
Chin Sau Ho
Director (FTA), Ministry of Finance


News Awards 2010 marks the first time the journalists are competing after the formation of MediaCorp NewsHub in October last year. The convergent newsroom was the first of its kind in Asia where the newsroom groups journalists across news platforms to produce local content tailored for television, radio, print and online platforms. This gives journalists the opportunity to learn another skill and how stories can be treated differently. 

Says Dr Chitra Rajaram, Director of MediaCorp NewsHub: “The annual News Awards is the platform where MediaCorp celebrates the best of the best in journalism be it TV, radio, print or online. It is all about telling that ONE great story.”

A panel of foreign and local judges selected the winning entries, which were broadcast or published in 2009. 

Dr Mark Hukill, Senior Advisor, Pacific Telecommunications Council (Honolulu) says, "Many very high quality submissions this year made judging challenging. All entries deserve recognition for a job well done. These stories and productions clearly have a tremendous impact as we might expect from the best in media and showcase an ever increasing overall quality in production that is truly world class. This awards program keeps raising the bar of expectations each year and shows the excellence that can be achieved by those who bring a passion, desire and genuine interest to their work beyond just the necessary skills, experience and effort."

Lucas Chow, CEO, MediaCorp says, “In this fast-moving and challenging times, we had to re-think the traditional business model of providing news and I’m very happy to see our journalists adapting quickly and continue to produce quality news, making MediaCorp a trusted name for professional journalism for Singaporeans and beyond.”

Adds Mr Chow: “For 2011 awards, I’m delighted to announce that the Awards will go regional to include journalist nominations from the six founding members of the Smart Alliance. This will provide the platform for journalists to understand the different reporting styles and issues faced by the journalists in their home country.”

The Smart Alliance was formed by six ASEAN broadcasters last year to create and deliver commercial benefits to its members. The six founding members are: ABS-CBN (Philippines), BBTV (Thailand), International Media Corporation (Vietnam), Media Nusantara Citra (Indonesia), Media Prima (Malaysia) and MediaCorp (Singapore).


Issued by Corporate Communications, MediaCorp

For more information, please contact: 
Winston Chong
Manager
Corporate Communications
MediaCorp 
Tel: (65) 6350 3351
Fax: (65) 6251 5628 
E-mail: winstonchong@mediacorp.com.sg 


About MediaCorp

MediaCorp is Singapore’s leading media company with the most complete range of platforms, spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, movies, digital and out-of-home media.

It pioneered the development of Singapore’s broadcasting industry, with the broadcast of Radio in 1936 and Television in 1963. Today, MediaCorp has over 50 products and brands in four languages (English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil), reaching out to all adults in Singapore every week. 

Our industry firsts include the Digital Video Broadcast technology for outdoor digital television, and Asia’s first Digital Audio Broadcast radio service. Initiatives in the digital space include online classifieds, Internet TV-on-demand and High Definition TV broadcast. 

MediaCorp is an active regional player through co-productions in TV dramas and movies, magazines publishing, as well as Channel NewsAsia International, one of the first Asian-owned English news channels.

Our financial and strategic relationships in the region since 2007 include a venture with Indonesia's most integrated media company PT Media Nusantara Citra and its parent, Global Mediacom, and International Media Corporation in Vietnam, set up to develop and produce television entertainment and economic news content.

Winner of numerous international awards and accolades including Asia Television's Broadcaster of the Year, MediaCorp’s vision is to become Asia’s top media company, delivering valued content to the world.

For more information, please visit www.mediacorp.com.sg