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MediaCorp honours the best in the business at its annual news awards

Chinese Radio News' Lin Hui took home the Young Journalist of the Year award, while TODAY newspaper won the Digital Initiative of the Year prize. 

SINGAPORE: MediaCorp honoured the best in the business at its annual news awards on Wednesday (July 30), at a glitzy affair held at the Conrad Centennial Singapore.

Channel NewsAsia's Get Rea! Team clinched top honours for its exploration of gun culture in the Philippines. Point Blank - a gripping foray into a world where professionals are paid to pull a trigger - won News Story of the Year.

Recalling the proccess of putting the show together, executive producer Sharon Hun said: "That was actually a period where there was a gun ban in the Philippines but yet we wanted to show how easy it was still to get access to firearms and how easy it was to get access to a gunman so you don't even have to do it yourself. The gunmen were not just easily accessible, they were very cheap as well so we felt like that was an important story. People are always focusing about on firearm murders in the United States, but actually in our own backyard in Asia, there is actually a high rate."

Veteran television journalist Derek Goh from Chinese Current Affairs clinched Journalist of the Year for his hard-hitting work that included a report on majie, domestic maids who came to Singapore in the 1930s. "To be able to share the stories with the viewers, with the audience, is what I'm interested in and really passionate about doing so this (the award) really means something to me," he said. 

MediaCorp's TODAY newspaper took the Digital Initiative of the Year prize for Budget 2014 - The Breakdown, an interactive infographic that crunched the National Budget in a way that helped readers easily grasp the information. 

The Young Journalist of the Year was bagged by Senior Broadcast Journalist Lin Hui, from Chinese Radio News., while the Entertainment Story of the Year award was won by the Chinese Current Affairs news team's touching tribute to much-loved MediaCorp actor Huang Wenyong, who succumbed to cancer last year. The programme also included an exclusive interview with Mr Huang's wife.

The Feature of the Year award went to the TODAY news team of Correspondent Neo Chai Chin and Senior Photojournalist Ooi Boon Keong, for their report on the haze situation in Indonesia. Both hit ground zero to find out the impact on those closest to the epicentre and what needs to be done to alleviate the problem.

The panel of five judges included the Chief Executive Officer of the National Gallery Singapore Chong Siak Ching, former People's Association Chief Yam Ah Mee, and Sakae Holdings CEO Douglas Foo.

The judges said choosing the winners was tough. Said Mr Foo: "I think as every year progresses, the quality gets better and better. For some of the stories, you have got be on the ground quite immediately to be able to gather with the limited resources, to put across the story. I think those are very difficult challenges, and I think some of them have performed very well."

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