80 Works On Malaysian Journalism Award Final Shortlist

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 (Bernama) -- Eighty best works for the 16 categories being contested in the Malaysian Journalism Awards (HKM) Malaysian Press Institute (MPI)-Petronas 2017 have been shortlisted.

In a statement on Wednesday, MPI said Berita Harian topped the list with 14 entries, followed by The Star (11 entries).

Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) , New Straits Times and Harian Metro each recorded seven entries, while Kosmo! and Utusan Malaysia had six, respectively.

The top five works for each category can be accessed at http://mpi.my/release/top5hkm2017

According to the statement, the 2017 MPI-Petronas HKM saw an overwhelming response with 349 entries from media practitioners compared to 216 entries in the 2016 edition.

“The entries for the 2016 MPI-Petronas HKM saw a significant drop due to the RM100 entry fee for MPI members and RM200 for non-members having imposed on participants from 2015 onwards.

“However, the number of entries for the 2017 edition has increased and this has indirectly showed that the fee is not a hindrance for the media practitioners to continue to produce the best work for the industry,” said the statement.

The Feature Writing category receives the highest entries at 46, compared to 22 in 2016.

Four other top categories were Photojournalism with 43 entries, Video Documentary (30), Outstanding Photo Essay (27) and News Video (25).

MPI also received four and three nominations for the Special Jury Award and National Journalism Laureate Award.

The top five works for each category will be in the running to win RM300,000 (US$1 = RM4.04) cash prize in total from Petronas, a major sponsor of the HKM since 1994.

Winners for each category will receive a cash prize of RM10,000, certificates and trophies while the runners-up and second runners-up will walk away with RM1,000 each and certificates.

For the winner of the Kajai Award, the winner will take home a cash prize of RM30,000, certificate and trophy, as well as other prizes.

The prize-giving ceremony will be held at the Malaysian Press Night 2018 on Friday.