SEAMEO Press Award, an outcome of the 34th SEAMEO
Council-approved proposal to recognize the media’s contribution
to education, is made possible through the efforts of SEAMEO
and the Australian Government.
Award’s conception began during the SEAMEO Information Workshop,
convened 27 to 30 April 1998 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, which
aimed to enhance the Organization’s visibility. Among the
goals of effective publicity is to stimulate the organization’s
activities and increase public awareness. One recommendation
of the Workshop was to give recognition to Southeast Asian
journalists in SEAMEO Member Countries for excellent coverage
of education affairs in the region. Through its communication
networks, the media plays a vital role in linking educational
organizations and institutes with people in the society at
the local and national level.
Australian Government agreed to co-sponsor the award in
coordination with Ansett Airlines, Thai Airways, Radio
Australia and The Australian, Australia’s leading newspaper
and the University of Melbourne. Thus, it is now known
as the SEAMEO-Australia Press Award.
is given out yearly with the Australian government as the
co-sponsor of the award in coordination with the University
of Melbourne and Asia Link Centre at the University of Melbourne.
The SEAMEO-Australia Press Award recognizes a journalist whose
work has exhibited an exceptional contribution to the coverage
of education in Southeast Asia. Winners
are selected on the basis of excellence in journalism as defined
by impact, originality, investigative effort and a broader
relevance to Southeast Asia.
objective of the SEAMEO-Australia Press Award is to enhance
the Organization’s visibility by giving recognition to Southeast
Asian journalists in SEAMEO Member Countries for excellent
coverage of education affairs in the region.
awardee’s benefits include: