The Sportswriters Association of Malaysia announced Monday that a total of RM40,000 in prize money are being offered to winners of the inaugural SAM-KBS Media Awards this year.
The Media Awards would be held together with the annual SAM-100Plus Sports Excellence Award ceremony.
The tentative dates are February 20 or 21 (Saturday / Sunday). For the first time ever, the event would be organised during lunch time, to ensure a bigger turnout of members.
There are a total of seven (7) categories for SAM-KBS Media Awards - Best Overall (open), Best News Report (print media), Best News Report (electronic media), Focus and Issues (print and electronic media), Special Report & Commentary (print media), Special Report & Commentary (electronic media) and photography.
The main prize - for Best Overall - offers winner a sum of RM7,000, a trophy and a certificate.
Winners of six categories will each receive RM3,000, a trophy and certificates. All five shortlisted nominees in each six categories will receive consolation prizes - RM500 each, a souvenir and certificates.
Independent body, Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) will be engaged to handle all matters related to SAM-KBS Media Awards, to ensure fair play at all times.
For the SAM-100Plus Sports Excellence Award, chosen athlete will win RM10,000. All SAM members will play a major role in determining the winner this time around. SAM exco will shortlist the names of deserving athletes with the assistance from Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) and National Sports Council (NSC).
SAM members would then be asked to select the Best Athlete in a voting system. The athlete with highest number of votes would be declared the winner. Please look out for entry form to cast your pick for SAM-100Plus Sports Excellence Awards and also notices and details for the SAM-KBS Media Awards soon.