Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai met with award winners of a nationwide competition for outstanding community newspapers on April 11 to mark the 20th anniversary of community empowerment in Taiwan.
Paying tribute to all the winners, the Minister thanked the people working at community papers for enriching Taiwan's culture at the grassroots level.
Taiwan has 370 different community papers and publications, 258 of which were enrolled in the first competition for outstanding community papers organized by the Ministry of Culture.
The competition was established to recognize the role of community newspapers in continuing distribution and recruiting more people to join the community press.
Among the winners are the "Moonlight Mountain Magazine” (月光山雜誌), which has been in circulation for over three decades, and "Ulaljuc Singpun” (吾拉魯滋部落報) a regional newspaper established by young people who chose to return to their aboriginal communities in Pingtung County.
The Minister encouraged the editorial staff of such papers to step up efforts to integrate resources or raise funds from the community residents so that their operations can continue in a sustainable manner.
She also expressed her hope for community papers to join forces with the Ministry's National Memory Database project and help collect and document the stories of their community members.
Between April and June, a traveling exhibition will also tour the nation to showcase the award-winning community papers to audiences in Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, and Yilan.
More information can be found on the program's Chinese-language website at www.communitynews.tw.