Updated: 07/31/2014 18:05

MediaCorp celebrates the best of its news platforms at the annual MediaCorp News Awards



MediaCorp celebrates the best of its news platforms at the annual MediaCorp News Awards

Leading broadcaster MediaCorp celebrated the best of its news platforms at the annual MediaCorp News Awards 2014. 

Held last night at the Conrad Centennial Singapore, the awards honoured winners from six categories, across all of MediaCorp's news platforms - television, radio, press and online. 

Our reporter Lianne Chia was at the glitzy affair - and found out just what makes these outstanding journalists tick. 

Flying the flag high for radio is 29 year-old Radio Chinese News Senior Reporter Lin Hui, who walked away with the Young Journalist of the Year award. 

Lin Hui says the biggest challenge she faces as a reporter for Chinese news is the need to translate all her materials from English. 

But she also shared why she loves what she does. 

"The stories that touch me the most are the feature stories that I do, because I'll have a bit more time to get to know our subjects, rather than the usual day-to-day stories. One of the stories that came to mind was when I went to Japan, one year after the 311 earthquake, and went to do stories with the survivors. We spoke to some of the survivors and they're really resilient, and they're really thankful for us going all the way to where they were. That really touched me when I went there to do the story."

Television editor Derek Goh from the Chinese Current Affairs team was honoured as Journalist of the Year. 

He considers himself first and foremost a storyteller. 

"It's not easy, it's very challenging, but its very rewarding because you manage to enter people's lives, and they trust you, and they're willing to share their stories with you, and this is what's really so interesting about my career."

News Story of the Year went to Channel NewsAsia's Get Rea! Team for their work "Point Blank", which explores the gun culture in the Philippines. 

The show's executive producer Sharon Hun explains that even though there was a gun ban in the Philippines then, they realised it was still extremely easy to gain access to a firearm, and even gunmen for hire. 

And they felt this was a story that had to be told. 

"Get Rea! has always been about showing the uncomfortable reality in Asia. And Philippines has the highest murder by firearm rate in Asia, and therefore we felt it was an important story to tell, cause people are always focusing about firearm murders in the United States, but actually in our own backyard, in Asia, there's actually a high murder rate by firearms."

The TODAY newspaper also won two awards - for Feature Story of the Year, and Digital Initiative of the Year. 

The awards were judged by a panel of five that included National Art Gallery CEO Chong Siak Ching, and Chairman and CEO of Sakae Holdings, Douglas Foo.

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