Post editor re-elected chairman, Matichon captures `best news’ award

[Source: Bangkok Post]

Veera Prateepchaikul, editor of the Bangkok Post, was re-elected chairman of the Thai Journalists Association yesterday.

Mr Veera was appointed for the second one-year term at the TJA meeting in Bangkok. Also elected were a vice-chairman, 13 board executives and a five-member panel on the profession’s code of ethics.

Meanwhile, the Matichon daily won the “best news” award for its reports on an overseas job scam involving top labour officials. It also received 50,000 baht in prize money from the Issara Amantakul Foundation.

The award presentation was held at the annual TJA conference yesterday.

The two runners-up in the “best news” category were the Manager daily, for its reports on the controversial Klong Dan wastewater treatment project, and the Thai Rath daily for its reports on the school milk scam. They received 20,000 baht each in prize money from the TJA.

There was no winner in the “best picture” category. The first consolation award went to the Daily News with 20,000 baht in prize money for its picture entitled choo kampan soo (fists raised to show the will to fight) by Surasee Asairat. The two runners-up that won 10,000 baht in prize money each from the TJA were the Daily News for its picture nee mai rod (no escape) by Thammasak Thongchan, and the Khom Chad Luek daily for its picture sin issaraparp (end of freedom) by Charoon Thongnual.

The “best environmental and natural conservation news” award with 30,000 baht in prize money went to the Manager daily for its reports on the Klong Dan wastewater treatment project.

The “best local newspaper” award with 30,000 baht in prize money was presented to the Chiang Mai-based Phonlamuang Nua weekly newspaper.

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