A small Filipino printing press from Laguna won an international award given by a Europe based organization.
Sinag Publishing and Printing Services from Calamba City, Laguna won top prize in the Natasa Prize category of the World Young Reader Awards given by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) based in Paris, France.
The Natasa Prize for newspaper printing plants is an award for projects by newspaper printing plants that effectively teach the young about newspapers and journalism. Sinag printing won top prize for this award thru its social responsibility program, the Sinag Journalism Training Seminars.
The Sinag seminars are free journalism seminars for students from public and private institutions in the province of Laguna. First launched in October 2008 and re-launched last February 2011, these seminars are free events offering lectures and workshops on journalism topics like editorial and news writing.
According to the WAN-IFRA jury who judged the awards in Brazil, “this printing plant’s journalism seminar activity is clearly a fitting tribute to the person after whom this category is named as the commitment is clear to assuring that youth learn about the importance and fragility of a free press and about how to do good journalism.”
The Natasa Prize is named after Natasa Vuckovic Lesendric (1966-2011) who founded and ran a distribution system and then a printing plant for the independent press of Serbia under the regime of Slobodan Milosevic She introduced modern practice to the management in both operations while encouraging actions that supported press freedom and introducing the young to this concept.
The prizes will be awarded on 12 October in Vienna, Austria, at the 63rd World Newspaper Congress and 18th World Editors Forum. Sinag printing will win a 1000 Euro cash prize for this award which is sponsored by Norske Skog, the Norway-based global paper producer.
Sinag printing owners Ruel Landicho and Raia Dela Pena-Landicho said they were overwhelmed by the international recognition given to their small company, “When we started the Sinag Journalism Seminars in 2008, we never thought this would ever happen, we are shocked and amazed by this good news,” said Landicho
“We are very happy with this award, its proves that you don’t have to be a big company to do a successful social responsibility program, even small entrepreneurs like us can give back to one’s community in a big way,” said Dela Pena-Landicho.
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is the global organization of the world’s press, representing more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries.
Please feel free to visit the WAN-IFRA's website regarding the World Young Reader Prize winners for 2011 at http://www.wan-ifra.org/articles/2011/08/17/the-2011-world-young-reader-prizes-about-the-winners