There's also an education grant for the sportswriting family to undergo fellowships overseas.
"Sportswriting and sports media are crucial components of the sports industry. It is timely that we recognise them in an awards night with a certain degree of prestige attached to it.
"It was pointed out to me that the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) had dropped the sportswriting category altogether from its annual event. This KBS-SAM award is therefore an opportunity to create a highly anticipated and prestigious award that is modelled after the Pulitzer Prize, " said Sports Minister, Datuk Shabery Cheek, in announcing the grant before a packed ballroom.
He was responding immediately to the speech by SAM president, Ahmad Khawari Isa of Berita Harian, who mooted the KBS-SAM colloboration minutes earlier.
The education grant will be reserved for sports journalism fellowship open to commentators, writers or photographers.
An independent panel will be formed to select the award winners and the sports journalism fellowships, said Shabery.
Later in the press conference, Shabery said he hoped the KBS-SAM colloboration is maintained even if there is a change of leadership at both the Ministry and SAM.
Blogger Christopher Raj (left) catches up with Sports Commissioner, Datuk Nik Mahmud Nik Yusof, while in the background are Shabery's press secretary, Hisham Abdul Hamid and Youth and Sports director-general, Datuk Fathul Razi Bakri and deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry, Borhan Dolah
Shabery's arrival is greeted by (from left) Ahmad Faisal Mat Piah (ex-RTM, partially hidden), Aziman Rosdi (BernamaTV), Fadzrie Hazis (Astro Awani sports editor) and Norismadi Abdul Manap (RTM sports editor)
Good for immediate past president, Abu Bakar Atan, to attend the session, flanked by Youth and Sports deputy minister, Wee Jack Seng and the Italian-speaking Datuk Yasin Salleh, Secretary-General of the Ministry.
This picture reminds me of the usual practice for a political party, where new members or those who party-hop submit their membership forms in a packed press conference. Could Bernama's Zulhilmi Supaat be joining Berita Harian? Heh...
Clad in recently-bought baju Melayu, Khawari (left) is fast learning to become the consummate politician