PHOTO: The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, Ulu Bismarck Crawley voted the Media Friendly CEO.
By Lagi Keresoma
APIA, SAMOA – MONDAY 06 MAY 2019: The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), ‘Ulu Bismarck Crawley is the recipient of the Samoa Alliance of Media Practitioners for Development (SAMPOD) Media Friendly Award.
Ulu was voted by the majority of media practitioners as the most media friendly Head of a Government Ministry in providing information to the media.
The other two CEO’s nominated were Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio, the Electoral Commissioner and the Regulator, Lefaoali’i Unutoa Fonoti.
The award was initiated by SAMPOD established 6 years ago, offering assistance through training to journalists.
Also honoured were several media practitioners selected by both local and regional senior journalists who play an active role in the development of the local media.
SAMPOD founding member, Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson-Anderson said the awards were not only an attempt to acknowledge existing challenges but to motivate journalists and the media achieve higher professional standards.
Best Entertainment News Content Award – TV3.
Best News Website Award – Samoa Observer.
Best Samoan Radio News Award – 2AP
Award for Service to Journalism Education – Misa Vicky Lepou.
Best Community Outreach News Award – EFKS TV.
Best Gender Reporting Award – Maina Papali’i.
Best Photo/Journalist Award – Areta Areta.
Best Videography Award – Talamua Media.
Best Cameraman Award – Vaele Iasepi TV1.
Best Editorial Award – Mataeliga Pio Sioa, Newsline
Best Climate Change Reporting Award – Sapeer Mayron, Samoa Observer.