Abang Johari (fifth right) during the courtesy call. From fourth left are Jacqueline, Jong, Jonathan, Johannes, and Peing at right. — Photo by Chimon Upon
KUCHING: The Kenyalang Journalism Awards (KJA) 2017 will see the inclusion of a new Digital Economy Award.
KJA organising chairman Andy Jong Wan Joon said the award was proposed by Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.
“The chief minister has proposed for a new category on digital economy to be included at KJA 2017 and this award will be sponsored by the state government,” he told reporters after leading a delegation to pay a courtesy call on Abang Johari yesterday.
To be held in Miri on Nov 22, the other categories are Chief Minister’s Award, Journalism Award (feature and news feature), News Reporting Award, Sports Reporting Award, Photography Journalism Award, Broadcast Journalism Award, Business and Economic Journalism Award, Community Well-Being and Rural Development Journalism Award, and Photo Essay Award which substitutes the Best Picture Award.
Jong, who is also Federation of Sarawak Journalists Association (FSJA) president, said while the deadline for other categories is July 15, the closing date for the Digital Economy Award will be Aug 31.
“We have made an exception for this new category and journalists who wish to participate in this category can submit their articles published from February 2017 until August.
“This is in view of Datuk Amar Abang Johari’s appointment as our new chief minister as well as his vision of a booming digital economy for Sarawak,” he said.
KJA 2017 vice-organising chairperson Jacqueline David said the committee targeted to receive around 300 to 350 entries.
“Last year, we received around 200 entries so for this year, we are expecting to receive more entries as we have more categories,” she said, adding that more than RM150,000 cash prizes, mainly sponsored by the state government, will be awarded.
Among those present during the courtesy call were KJA gold sponsor representatives Petronas Sarawak media relations head Johannes Ridu, Shell Malaysia government relations senior manager Jonathan Jolly, and Sarawak Energy Berhad corporate communications assistant general manager Peing Tajang.