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Central News Agency wins Social Bright Side Reporting Award

2018/08/15 23:03:00

Sister Maryta Laumann (羅麥瑞) / file photo (photo courtesy of New Taipei City government's Department of Civil Affairs)

Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) The Central News Agency on Wednesday won the Social Bright Side Reporting Award (SBSRA) for outstanding reporting in print, based on its series on the dedicated service of foreign nationals in the religious community in Taiwan.

The CNA series featured the work of priests and nuns who traveled from abroad to give dedicated lifelong service to Taiwan.

The reports included the stories of French Father Yves Nalet (南耀寧), Sister Mary Paul Watts (華淑芳) from the United States, Father Murray Eugene Michael (曾顯道) from the U.S., Brother Augustin Buchel (歐修士) from Switzerland, Sister Maryta Laumann (羅麥瑞) from Germany, Italian Father Giovanni Rizzi (李智) and French Father Yves Moal (劉一峰).

Pien Chin-feng (卞金峰), a division chief in CNA's General News Center, said there are many priests and nuns in Taiwan who have been contributing to society for decades and have not asked for anything in return.

We just had to let the Taiwanese public know of their contribution, Pien added.

The SBSRA are issued by the Taipei Journalists Association in the fields of print reporting, television reporting, radio reporting, and photography.

According to a press release on Chengsheng Broadcasting Corp. website, there were 149 SBSRA nominations this year -- 31 for reporting in print, eight for photography, 69 for television reporting, and 41 for radio reporting.

From that number, 16 awards were issued, each carrying a prize of NT$30,000 (US$970.83), the website said.

Apart from CNA, the Common Health magazine, Economic Daily News, Mandarin Daily News and United Daily News have also won SBSRA awards this year for reporting in print.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Taipei on September 1.

(By Chiang Pei-ling and William Yen)