JOHOR BAHRU – Media practitioners in the state are encouraged to further their studies in journalism and the media to improve work quality and performance, thus raising public confidence in their credibility.
Johor Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the state government constantly supported media practitioners who planned to further their studies.
“I call upon friends in the media to take this opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the field of journalism. Currently many public and private institutions of higher learning are offering courses in journalism and media studies,” he said when officiating the Johor Media Awards night at the Berjaya Waterfront, last night.
He said media practitioners currently were facing a challenge with the existence of ‘citizen journalists’ who tried to take over the role of journalists in many areas.
Mohamed Khaled said media practitioners should act fast to ensure that their credibility was maintained because the role of the journalists was not only to report events but also the moral of the event.
Berita Harian journalist, Muhamad Badrul Kamal Zakaria received the Johor Menteri Besar Award, introduced for the first time for his article entitled “Jenama Khas Johor Bantu Usahawan”, which touched on planning and development programmes carried out by the Johor state government.
He also won the best economic news category through the same article.
Meanwhile, The Special Award category went to former Utusan journalist, Jaafar Ahmad for his 30-year contribution in the field of journalism especially in the state of Johor when he served as the newspaper’s representative in Batu Pahat. – BERNAMA