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24 November 2007 :: 16:11:48 pm 26581

Coconews Team Of Burapha University Wins Top Journalism Award From Unicef

Journalism students, from Burapha Unviersity, won an award for their news story, entitled Lack of Sign Language Interpreter in School, from Unicef and Issara Institute. This followed their winning the Best News Award from the Media Association. The inspiration for the article came from the Audiovisual Education School, in Chonburi, with the aim of encouraging society to recognize the rights of disabled people to receive the accommodations they need to live fully productive lives.
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On International Children’s Rights Day, which fell on 22 November 2007, at the Grand Ballroom of the Century Park Hotel, there was an awards presentation for news and documentary articles that supported children’s rights in 2007. The event was organized by Issara Institute, a foundation dedicated to mass media development in Thailand and supported by UNICEF (Thailand). The awards were presented in four categories: Television Media; Radio Media; Newspaper Media and Newspaper Media Practice.

There were nineteen articles in the Newspaper Media Practice category, representing nine newspapers. Coconews won the top award for their story, Lack of Sign Language Interpreter in School. The award was presented to Miss Raweewan Chuawichian, Miss Benjamas Bua-jaruen and Miss Amornwadee Sutharo, who are fourth year students in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, majoring in journalism at Burapha University.

Two honorable mentions were given for Beware of Dangerous Playground, by Horkhao, of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and Big World for a Small People, by Mahasarakarm University

Miss Raweewan Chuawichian, one of the team members of Newspaper Media Practice, Coconews, Burapha University, explained that the inspiration for their articles was a discussion among the Coconews team regarding hearing impaired children. It was noted that no hearing impaired children had been enrolled in education classes at Burapha University, in spite of the fact that the Audio Visual Education School is near the university.

The team wondered if hearing impaired students could have the opportunity to further their studies. If so, which school or college would be able to accommodate them? What impediments would there be to their enrolling at Burapha University, since it is close to the Audio Visual Education School? Miss Reweewan added that Coconews’ research revealed that this problem is within the scope of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which includes the rights of all children to have a nurturing family, appropriate education and proper nutrition. The Coconews team discovered that the problem was a lack of skilled personnel who could work with hearing impaired children. The team would like society to acknowledge and rectify this problem.

Kom Chad Luek Newspaper won the general news award for the article entitled, PROBLEM OF YOUNG MOTHERS IN BANGKOK WHO ARE AMBANDONED IN SLUM. Two honorable mentions went to UNCOVERING THE UNSOLVED PROBLEM OF 400,000 CHILDREN WHO HAVE NO NATIONALITY; NO HOME, NO RIGHTS, NO FUTURE, by the Daily News; and RIGHT TO PLAY, by the Bangkok Post.

No top award was given for Television Media. An outstanding award went to BRUTAL MOTHER, by Nation TV. Three honorable mentions were given for DISABILITIES AND THE CHANCE FOR WORK, by TITV; DROWNED CHILD, by TV Channel 11; and SCHOOL WITH NO NATIONALITY…BOUNDLESS FRIENDSHIP; by Modern 9 TV.

There was, also, no top award for Radio Media. Honorable mentions went to GROUP OF LUK REANG and SPROUTS WAITING TO BLOOM, by the Chulalongkorn University radio station; and SCHOOL OF DREAMS FOR LOST CHILD, by MCOT.

Coconews previously received an honorable mention, in 2005, for the Project 11, of LITTLE PIGEONS, in Newspaper and Media Practice; and another honorable mention for External News at Burapha University. In addition, Coconews also received an award in 2006 for the Project 12 of LITTLE PIGEONS, in the Best News Media Practice category, from the True Cooperation Company.

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