BALI: They’ve done it again – the R.AGE investigative journalism team was recognised alongside some of the continent’s best journalists at the Asian Media Awards for the third year running.
R.AGE won the top prize in the news category for its Student/Trafficked undercover investigation of human traffickers targeting college applicants in Bangladesh.
The investigation saw the team exposing the traffickers’ operations, following their trail from “trafficking colleges” in Malaysia all the way to Dhaka.
“The journalists who worked on this project spent many difficult months undercover, and even longer following up with victims and trying to help them, so I couldn’t be more proud to be working with them,” said R.AGE deputy executive editor and producer Ian Yee.
R.AGE had earlier made history by being the first Malaysian team to be nominated for the Peabody Awards, one of the most prestigious prizes in American media.
The results were announced on Tuesday night, while the team was in Bali for the Asian Media Awards ceremony.
“Sadly, we didn’t win, but we’re over the moon just to be nominated. We’ve been brainstorming a lot here in Bali, so hopefully we’ll have a few projects that’ll stand a chance next year,” said Yee.
The young R.AGE team, currently made up of 14 journalists mostly in their 20s, have won 19 major awards since it was assembled in late 2015.
Its most recent project, the #StandTogether National Kindness Week campaign (in partnership with SP Setia), explored school violence and cyberbullying throughout the country.
The campaign managed to get over 750 schools to independently organise “Kindness Week” projects throughout the country, and was endorsed by the Education Ministry.
Watch the full Student/Trafficked investigation by R.AGE: