4 wins for TNP at annual awards

4 wins for TNP at annual awards

Both became journalists just two years ago.

Yesterday, one won the Young Journalist award while the other won Page Design of the Year at the English/Malay/Tamil Media (EMTM) Awards, held annually by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH).

Mr Ng Jun Sen, 26, and Mr Billy Ker, 27, are two young talents with The New Paper.

While young journalists from TNP have often done well at the Awards, Mr Ng is the first in six years to bring the coveted Young Journalist of the Year title back to our newsroom.

Among the many stories he has chased, one stood out for him - an illegal dormitory in Tampines housing about 1,000 workers.

Mr Ng recalled how for two weeks, he staked out the dormitory, until the wee hours of the morning, to break the story.

His efforts also landed him a nomination for a Special Award: Excellence in Enterprise.

He said: "My proudest moment is not just this one but every single story that comes out in TNP with my name on it."

The Mr Ng who joined TNP two years ago was a very different man from who he is today.

As a fresh graduate, he was not particularly motivated and was one of the "most introverted people out there", but he is now filled with passion for the job and for the people.

"This job is worth it because there are so many types of people in this world, so many stories left untold, and to be able to tell these stories is a privilege.

"Because of the people I've met in my line of work, I now want to speak to people because I'm just amazed at all of the stories they can tell."

GIRLFRIEND

The biggest factor that keeps him going when the going gets tough?

He says: "My girlfriend, who works in the same office, is my biggest support and muse because without her, I would have lost my motivation.

"TNP also gives young journalists great opportunities to tell stories.

"Journalists here don't deal so much with numbers and figures, but with the people behind those numbers and figures."

Like him, Mr Ker is another rising talent readers can keep an eye out for.

The infographics journalist's page design "Ola Brasil!" did not only snag the Layout/Page Design of the Year award yesterday, it also won him a rare double honour at the 36th edition of the Best of News Design Competition run annually by the Society for News Design earlier this year.

But he remains humble over his win yesterday, saying: "I feel very honoured and quite surprised because the competition was very good."

The piece that landed him this award has quite a backstory: Mr Ker had missed the internal deadline for World Cup submissions and his shelved artwork was picked up only when a sharp-eyed editor spotted it and declared it too good not to print.

When asked about his life in TNP, he said: "We are allowed to express ourselves a lot here, we can voice out about wanting to do any kind of topic and the editors will be all ears."

Apart from Mr Ng and Mr Ker, two veteran journalists from TNP also won awards yesterday - Mr Kelvin Chan and Mr Jonathan Choo, both no strangers to success.

TNP editor Dominic Nathan, said: "It's a great spread of awards for TNP, with two each from the young guns, Jun Sen and Billy, and two from our veterans, Jonathan and Kelvin.

"We pride ourselves for our storytelling abilities, whether it's in text, photos or art, and our four winners this year rank among the best in the business here."

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