First winner of citizen journalism award

First winner of citizen journalism award
BUZZWORTHY: STOMPer Kelvin's video clip shows a hit-and-run driver (right) hitting a car and fleeing on the East Coast Parkway on Aug 26.

The issue of reckless driving on Singapore roads is one of the country's hottest topics right now.

So, it comes as no surprise that this is what the winning entry for Month 1 of the first STOMP Citizen Journalism Awards is about.

Held each month, the awards recognise the efforts of citizen journalists, who submit hundreds of breaking news stories to STOMP daily.

Ten reports are chosen from among each month's articles for a public poll conducted on Facebook.

Entries are selected based on their newsworthiness, social impact and "talkability" factor, among other criteria.

Readers can vote for the story of their choice after liking STOMP's Facebook page.

On the evening of Aug 26, STOMPer Kelvin recorded footage of a hit-and-run incident along the East Coast Parkway on his car's dashboard camera.

The short clip shows the culprit fleeing the scene in his Hyundai after ramming the rear of a Toyota. The impact caused the Toyota to spin and hit a road barrier, leaving the woman behind the wheel disoriented.

Of the top 10 STOMP stories shortlisted for the month of August, Kelvin's report received the most votes from members of the public. His first-hand account proved popular among readers, garnering well over 81,000 page views and close to 100 comments.

Many also commended Kelvin for bringing the incident to light, as his clip would no doubt help the authorities track down the culprit.

In recognition of his contribution to citizen journalism, he will receive a bottle of wine by world-renowned winemaker Denis Dubordieu, made from an original recipe.

So, what will Singapore's next hottest topic be?

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