The Star bags two inaugural Green Journalism awards

Posted on July 20, 2011. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

-The Star-

Recognised: Chin (right) and Tan with their prizes for coming up tops in both categories of the English section of the awards.

The Star bags two inaugural Green Journalism awards

THE Star won two of the state’s Green Journalism Award for articles on environmental issues in line with the state’s efforts to make Penang a ‘greener’ place.

Journalist Christina Chin won the Excellence Award for her write-up ‘More Turtles Needed, Saving Turtles One Egg At A Time’ while The Star former reporter Ann Tan took home the Special Award for her write-up ‘Pollution A Grave Matter/ For The Dearly Departed’.

Chin, 33, and Tan, 24, took home RM3,000 and RM1,000 respectively.

They were among 10 journalists from various print and online media, who were recognised by the state for their effort.

An elated Chin said the award was in recognition of the efforts of the Pantai Kerachut Turtle Conservation Sanctuary to preserve, conserve and promote Penang’s natural heritage.

Tan’s article was on pollution issues affecting cemeteries, especially during the Qing Ming festival.

Chin and Tan emerged winners in both categories in the English language section.

In the Malay language section, Sinar Harian’s Mohd Iskandar Othman, M. Gokina and Syajaratulhuda Rosli won the Excellence Award while Siti Nadiah Ahmad Zamlus won the Special Award.

Sin Chew Media Corporation’s Crystal Chiam and China Press Berhad’s Goh Wai Fong bagged the Special Awards.

Komtar assemblyman Ng Wei Aik presented the awards to the winners in a simple ceremony in Komtar yesterday.

Ng, who is also Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s political secretary, said the awards was the first of its kind in the state to show the state’s seriousness in promoting a greener state.

The state had invited journalists to submit articles last September and offered cash prizes of up to RM3,000 for winning entries.

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