Drop in submissions, not quality


Chamil (centre, back row, in yellow tie) with representatives of corporations and agencies which contributed to Malaysia Press Night 2019.

SUBMISSIONS for the MPI-Petronas Malaysian Journalism Awards 2018 (HKM 2018) dropped by 23%, with a total of 267 entries.

Total entries for the previous year was 349.

MPI Awards executive Salman Husni said the biggest drop was in the Outstanding Narrative Writing category.

“We only received 18 entries for the Outstanding Narrative Writing category, compared to 46 entries in HKM 2017.

“Similarly, only four entries were received for the Outstanding International Journalism category compared to 11 entries in HKM 2017.

“However, the submissions were of good quality,” he said.

He also said the highest number of entries was in the Outstanding Photojournalism category with 42 entries, followed by the Outstanding Photo Essay and Best News Video categories with 25 entries each.

There are 20 categories in HKM 2018, with the Kajai being the highest award. The Kajai Award recipient will bring home RM30,000, a trophy and a certificate.

Malaysia Press Night 2019 (MWA 2019) will be held on April 26 at Berjaya Times Square Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

MWA 2019 chairman Datuk Dr Chamil Wariya said the first round of judgement was complete and they were in the midst of determining the top five in each category.“I am grateful we have received much support from corporations and agencies over the years for the event.

“I am proud to announce that we have received RM411,000 in cash sponsorship this year, higher than the RM398,000 received last year.

“We are very transparent and will use all proceeds for the event.

“I hope the support will continue to encourage good journalism, more so now that we are witnessing a change in the media landscape and rise in online news portals,” he said.

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