GEORGETOWN: Local and international students nationwide aged 15-19 years will have a chance to showcase their news anchoring skills at Han Chiang College’s fifth Anchor Idol Newscaster Quest Contest which kicks off today.
Head of Broadcasting cum Anchor Idol coordinator Lee Kean Wei said the contest is aimed to unleash young potential newscasters.
“We invite interested candidates to attend the audition at Han Chiang College on June 12 and 13 from 9am to 5pm.”
“Those who are unable to attend the audition need not to worry, because they can submit a two- to three-minute home-produced news clip on any current affairs topic to Han Chiang College,” he said during a press conference.
Lee said the college targets about 200 students to take part in this contest.
A total of 45 contestants from three categories, Bahasa Malaysia, English and Mandarin will be shortlisted to enter the second round.
Shortlisted contestants will undergo a training workshop which will be conducted by the ntv7 news anchor Tan Ley Teng and RTM news anchor Ivan Toh.
The training session will equip contestants with the skills of stand-upper outdoor news recording, reporting and news casting, pronunciation and broadcast performance.
Recorded newscasts will be posted on the Han Chiang College official page for voting.
The top five finalists will be selected based on public voting and panel judges’ evaluation.
Besides Tan Ley Teng and Ivan Toh, 8TV news anchor Owen Yap, Astro Awani news anchor Melissa Ong and RTM news anchor Hazel Desmond will be on the panel of judge for the grand final which will be held on August 29 from 12 noon to 6pm at Queensbay Mall, Penang.
Attractive prizes including scholarships, cash prizes, trophies and certificates await winners and their schools.
The champion in each category will proudly bring home the Anchor Idol title with a cash prize of RM1,500 for the student and RM500 for the school.
The champion will also be entitled to a full Han Chiang College diploma scholarship.
The prizes for the first to fourth runners-up are RM1,200, RM800, RM400, RM200 and their schools will get RM300, RM200 and RM100 respectively.
Third and second-placed winners will get half scholarships and one-third scholarships will be given to the fourth and fifth winners.
The public can support their favourite newscaster to pursue their dream of news anchoring through Facebook voting.
Anchor Idol assistant coordinator Boo Kern Yih said this year Han Chiang College uses a new medium to promote the contest.
“We use new digital marketing system, such as Google Search, Yahoo, Facebook and other search engines to boost our publicity.
“By doing so, we indirectly promote our college as well,” he added.
The news clip can be sent to email@example.com and entry forms can be downloaded fromhttp://hcu.edu.my/anchor-idol-2015 or obtained from school counsellors or Han Chiang College administrative office.
The closing date for entries is June 11.
For more information, visit www.hcu.edu.my or contact Aileen Choong or Nicholas Ong at 04-2831088.