Ang Kalatas (The Message), a Filipino-Australian newspaper using three platforms, won the Best Use of Online Digital Media in the inaugural Prmier’s Multicultural Media Awards 2013 held in Lillyfield, an innerwest Sydney suburb, last Thursday, February 28.
Ang Kalatas was selected as the winner over two other finalists – Indian Down Under and Indian Link. It gained an edge over the other nominations and finalists for its use of live streaming of national events and stories which are available on the website.
Ang Kalatas was also a finalist in two other categories of the Awards. These were for Best Print Publication of the Year and for Best Online Publication of the Year.
The Awards were conducted by the Community Relations Commission of NSW and judged by an independent panel of academic and working media experts. Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello mentioned that there were more than 120 entries which were received for the awards.
The Award for Ang Kalatas was received by Millie Marcial-Phillips, Publisher. In her acceptance speech, Ms Marcial-Phillips expressed her thanks to the organisers of the awards for recognising the contributions of the multicultural media to the Australian society. She also thanked all the contributors, advertisers and supporters who have been in Ang Kalatas’ journey since being launched two and half years ago.
Ang Kalatas’ award comes at the heel of awards recently by two other members of the Filipino-Australian media.
Romy Cayabyab, Publisher and Editor The Filipino Australian and Michelle Baltazar, Publisher and Editor of The Australian Filipina, in December 2012 were recipients of “Best Website” awards in the “Interactive Media” category for their respective publications in the Migration Advocacy and Media conducted by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas under the Office of the Philippine President.
Prior to the migration media award, Mr Cayabyab also received in September 2012 an individual award for Best Coverage of Community Affairs in Australia in the NSW Parliament’s First Multicultural Media Awards founded by MLC Shaoquett Moselmane. In November 2000, Mr Cayabyab’s company website, emanila.com, was also the recipient of the first NSW Premier’s Award for Technology in Australia’s National Multicultural Marketing Awards conducted by the NSW Ethnic Affairs Commission now Community Relations Commission of NSW.
List of the Awards and Winners of the Premier’s Multicultural Awards 2013:
Best Radio Report of the Year – joint winners: SBS Radio Hindi Program [two reports]
Best News Report of the Year – Indian Link – Literature of Anguish
Best Editorial/Commentary of the Year – El Telegraph
Best Print Publication of the Year – Zaman
Best Use of Online & Digital Media – Ang Kalatas Australia
Best Online Publication of the Year – Indian Link
Best Image of the Year – Indian Link
Best Article on Multiculturalism of the Year – SBS Radio Turkish Program and SBS Radio German Program [three-part joint report]
Best Feature of the Year – joint winners: “Write About Me” [by Naomi Tsvirko] and “Behind the Riot” [El Telegraph]
Best Investigative Story of the Year – SBS World News Australia – interview on female genital mutilation [awarded to Katrina Yu, a Filipino-Chinese journalist]
Lifetime Contribution of the Year – joint winners – Anwar Harb, Editor-in-Chief, An Nahar and Simon Ko, Chief Executive Officer of Sing Tao Daily