Batangtoru, 18 March 2022 – PT Agincourt Resources (PTAR), the operator of the Martabe Gold Mine, announced the winners of the 2021 Martabe Gold Mine Journalistic Work competition with the theme ‘Preserving the Environment for the Future’ in an online event held on Friday, 18 March 2022. The competition was held by PTAR for the fifth time and 23 journalists from South Tapanuli, Central Tapanuli, North Tapanuli and Medan participated in this competition with a total of 30 journalistic works. This journalistic competition is intended to appreciate the mass media journalists in North Sumatra who have been supporting the Martabe Gold Mine operations through their journalistic works.
PTAR Vice President Director, Ruli Tanio stated that the theme of this year’s journalism competition is in line with environmental protection which is one of the company’s highest priorities. “Environmental sustainability is the company’s top priority, PTAR will continue to carry out fundamental, structured and collaborative environmental programs with all stakeholders,” said Ruli. Ruli emphasized that environmental conservation and biodiversity management is a shared responsibility and requires commitment and synergistic cooperation between the company, communities, government, media and related institutions, to achieve the goal of preserving the environment for the future.
In the Martabe Gold Mine Journalism Competition this time, Netty Guslina, a journalist from Focusmedan.com was declared the 1st Place Winner and received a cash prize of IDR 12 million with her reporting work entitled “Barumun Sanctuary Tiger Gives a ‘New Breath’ for the Oppressed Sumatran Tiger”. The 2nd Place Winner gets the cash prize of IDR 9 million won by Sukri Falah Harahap, a journalist from Waspada.id who wrote about the “Naposo Nauli Bulung (NNB) of South Tapanuli Movement to Preserve the Environment”. Then the article entitled “In the Hands of Marandus the Garden of Eden is No Longer Barren” by Jan Piter Simorangkir, a journalist from Medanbisnisdaily.com who won 3rd place with a prize of IDR 6 million.
PTAR also announced 3 journalists who won consolation prizes and were given an appreciation of IDR 2 million each. The three winners are Arifin Al Alamudi, a journalist from IDN Times.com with the article “Erwin’s Struggle to Save the Turtle Habitat on Muara Upu Beach”, Ikhwan Nasution, a journalist from Medanbisnisdaily.com with the article entitled “Together Restoring the Batangtoru Watershed which is starting to Erode” and Dzulfadli Tambunan, a newspaper journalist from New Tapanuli with the article entitled “Lubuk Larangan, The Local Wisdom for River Ecosystem Conservation.”
Lestantya R. Baskoro, the senior journalist and lecturer at the Press Institute of Dr. Soetomo (LPDS), who was one of the judges, stated that the winners’ excellence lies in the details of the objects covered, the background of the issue, the delivery of language, the structure of the writing, and the value of the information. According to Lestantya, the issue of environmental preservation, having the power of writing, can inspire other parties. “This is what is expected from an environmental news writing, namely to invite and move readers to care and love the environment,” said Lestantya.
“In the article entitled “Barumun Sanctuary Tiger Gives a “New Breath” for the Oppressed Sumatran Tiger” written by Netty Guslina, readers are invited to understand the role of the Persamuhan Bodhicitta Mandala Foundation (YPBMM) in the Sumatran tiger rescue program and are given an overview of the condition of the Sumatran Panthera Tigris. in the forests of Sumatra,” said Lestantya.
While the article entitled “NNB of South Tapanuli Movement to Preserve the Environment, we are presented with information about the Naposo Nauli Bulung organization (NNB) which is engaged in disaster prevention. “This article describes how organizations whose members are in each village have various flood prevention programs and activities. From this article, we can get the message that togetherness and mutual awareness are needed to contribute to the prevention of flood disasters as the impact of environmental problems,” he said.
In the article “In the Hands of Maradus, the Garden of Eden is No Longer Barren” as the 3rd Place Winner, we see the profile of Marandus Sirait who has been greening the area in Lake Toba for a dozen years. This article has the power of capturing Marandus Sirait’s journey who chose to green a forest to prevent landslides in the area and left his job at the Capital City. “A selfless concern that can inspire many people,” he said.
PTAR’s Senior Manager Corporate Communications, Katarina Siburian Hardono, expressed her appreciation to the winners. Katarina explained, the announcement of the winners was the culmination of a series of Journalist Competency Strengthening activities which were held on 11 November 2021 in Medan and 7 December 2021 in Pandan, Central Tapanuli, North Sumatra and were attended by a total of 80 journalists.
“Through the activities to strengthen the competence of journalists or media capacity building which has been carried out regularly since 2013 we see that this program has contributed to increasing the competence and knowledge of journalists at the regional and provincial levels,” said Katarina. According to her, this program is one of PTAR’s routine commitments to increase the capacity and capability of media partners in North Sumatra.
In 2022, which is entering a decade of production, PTAR emphasizes the progress of sustainability by paying great attention to the preservation of biodiversity. “Therefore, we also encourage media partners to take the initiative to write articles about environmental conservation in North Sumatra that are constructive and inspiring,” said Katarina.
Meanwhile, Netty Guslina, the 1st Place Winner, expressed her gratitude to the Martabe Gold Mine for regularly holding journalistic competitions like this. “With competitions like this, it provides an opportunity to hone the writing skills of journalists in North Sumatra, and it is hoped that Martabe will remain consistent with activities like this,” said Netty.
Sukri Falah Harahap, the 2nd Place Winner, is grateful to be able to win 2nd place. “I thank God that I won the second place, which the writing style of journalistic work that I applied is purely from the knowledge gained in environmental journalism training held by PTAR with LPDS at PIA Hotel Pandan Central Tapanuli a few months ago,” said Sukri while adding his gratitude for PTAR’s commitment to participate in improving the competence and capability of journalists in North Sumatra, especially in South Tapanuli, Central Tapanuli and North Tapanuli.
Jan Piter Simorangkir, the 3rd Place Winner, thanked PTAR for helping and educating journalists in the mining area and North Sumatra. “Through this competition, we will produce reliable, caring journalists who participate in educating the community and give encouragement to people who care about the environment. If journalists are smart, the region and the country will also be smart,” said Jan Piter.
Photo 1: Announcement of Winners of the 2021 Martabe Gold Mine Journalistic Work Competition which was held online, Friday (18/3).