Contest Launched for ASEAN Reporters

The SEAMEO-Australia Press Award 2008 for journalists working in print media in Southeast Asia has been launched, aimed at honoring those whose articles have managed to shed light on educational issues in remote regions.

Organized by SEAMEO (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organizationan) and the Australian Department of Education, Science and Training, the award's theme this time is "Reporting on Reaching the Unreached in Education”.

Entry articles must be original and have been published any time between 1 November 2007 and 1 September 2008.

They may be individual articles or a series of related articles written in English or any Southeast Asian language in which case they should be translated into English. Articles published in academic journals will not be accepted.

The winner will receive a round-trip air ticket from and to Melbourne, Australia for a three-week internship at the Melbourne Age newspaper where they will enjoy free accommodation, meals and a stipend.

Organized annually since 2000, the Award has recognized seven print journalists who have written and produced outstanding pieces on education issues affecting their countries and the region, including Vietnamese reporter Nguyen Thi Le Huong of Vietnam News in 2002.

Vietnamese participants may submit their entries directly to the SEAMEO –Viet Nam at 35 Le Thanh Ton Street District 1 or contact phone number 8245618 (ext: 108/115) or email: lthang@cnseameo.org for further information. Last day of submission is 12 January 2009.

Source: SEAMEO – Compiled by Kim Khanh

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