BT continues winning streak for 5th year - Feb 12, 2009 (BT)

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BT continues winning streak for 5th year

Associate news editor Wong Wei Kong wins with DBS job cut commentary.

By Joyce Hooi
Feb 12, 2009
The Business Times

The Business Times continued on its winning streak yesterday, bagging the Commentary/ Analysis of the Year award for the fifth consecutive year at Singapore Press Holdings' annual English and Malay Newspaper Division (EMND) awards.

BT associate news editor Wong Wei Kong won the award for his Nov 12, 2008 Hock Lock Siew column on DBS Bank's decision to cut 900 jobs.

The commentary - 'Spare the job, save the economy' - questioned the long-term soundness and necessity of the move, and warned of weakening consumer confidence should other companies follow suit.

'DBS's shocking job cuts was a story that was crying out for a commentary,' Mr Wong said yesterday. 'I'm glad I did my part in raising an issue that will be very much with us this recession. Saving jobs is now clearly high on the agenda.'

Mr Wong, who is in his 11th year at BT, added: 'It is also good to keep up BT's tradition of winning Best Commentary and its reputation as a paper of opinion.'

The weekend edition of The Business Times won a Special Award for Excellence, for its redesign and relaunch last year.

Nirmal Ghosh, The Straits Times' senior correspondent in Thailand, won the inaugural Journalist of the Year award.

Leslie Lopez won the Story of the Year award for The Straits Times, while the paper's executive photographer Lim Wui Liang won the Feature Picture of the Year accolade.

ST also won the Feature of the Year award (senior correspondent Sandra Davie) and Headline of the Year (executive sub-editor Patricia Wee).

The New Paper's Liew Hanqing was named Young Journalist of the Year. Its executive photo-journalist Choo Chwee Hua clinched the News Picture of the Year Award. Graphics design chief Lee Hup Kheng brought home the Illustration of the Year award for the paper while executive infographics journalists Celestino Gulapa and Simon Ang won the Layout/Page Design of the Year award.

Mohd Samad Afandie of Berita Minggu won the Infographics of the Year award.

At yesterday's awards ceremony, EMND editor-in-chief Patrick Daniel commended BT on its performance last year.

'The Business Times, despite raising its cover price to $1, bucked the trend and grew its circulation to an all-time high,' Mr Daniel said. He also outlined three key priorities for EMND in 2009 - holding steady and riding out the storm, focusing on training and development, and boosting revenue by growing adjacent businesses such as book publishing and online activities.