The Star shines bright with honours


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 12 Sep 2020

Big winners: Star Media Group chief content officer Esther Ng (right) and executive content officer Brian Martin (left) celebrating with The Star team at the MPI-Petronas Malaysian Journalism Awards 2020. (Clockwise from second left, standing) Rebecca, Tung, Reddy and Azhar.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Star wins big at the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI)-Petronas Malaysian Journalism Awards 2020, bagging the first prize in four categories.

Tung Eng Hwa, senior manager of The Star’s Content Design & Creative Department, bagged the Best Frontpage Design for his work titled “New efforts to give life”, “I am 18, will you let me vote?” and “Not above the law”.

To add to Tung’s joy, his colleague, chief designer Mohd Izudin Ismail also bagged two consolation prizes in the Best Infographic and Best Frontpage Design categories.

“It is an honour to win this award again after four years, knowing that my work caught the eyes of the judges.

“Also, winning this prize during such a challenging time is very meaningful. I am thankful to MPI and everyone who have assisted in the efforts,” he said, after receiving RM10,000, a trophy and a certificate.

In the Excellent Investigative Journalism category, The Star’s R.AGE deputy executive editor and producer Ian Yee and journalist Shanjeev Reddy took the top spot, winning the same prizes.

The Star and the R.AGE team also bagged consolation prizes in seven other categories, with the winners walking away with RM1,000, trophies and certificates.

Journalist Rebecca Rajaendram emerged top for the A. Samad Ismail Young Journalist Award while photographer Azhar Mahfof bagged first prize in the Best Photo Essay category.

Rebecca won RM5,000, a trophy and a certificate for her articles titled “Increase sustainable suicide prevention methods”, “Poor students face more mental issue” and “More counsellors needed at schools”.

Azhar took home RM10,000, a trophy and a certificate for his photo essay on “Lives in Limbo in Refugee Camp”.

The Star’s Kee Choon Wai won the consolation prize for the Best Editorial Cartoon category, walking away with RM1,000, a trophy and a certificate.

The MPI-Petronas Malaysian Journalism Awards was postponed from April due to the movement control order.

This year, a Special Jury Award was created and it was presented to veteran journalist Datuk Ahmad A. Talib, who died in May.

Sophia Ahmad, the daughter of the former director of News and Editorial Operations at Media Prima received the award.

MPI chief executive officer Datuk Dr Chamil Wariya said a total of 522 submissions were received from 306 participants representing 32 media companies, including print, broadcast and news portal.

Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin, who represented Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, said it was important for journalists to uphold the core values of journalism – integrity, authenticity and relevance – by presenting contents that the people could rely on.

“Journalism has changed and broadened its definition following the involvement of citizens, who also share all kinds of information.

“We have seen that the threshold in validating information among the media has changed in recent years and this can affect the quality of journalism.”

He also called on journalists to uphold journalism ethics in order to keep reporting quality news.

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