2008 began with a rare snowstorm hitting southern China, followed by a disastrous earthquake in Sichuan that inflicted enormous human casualties and property losses. By mid-year, grief was supplanted by euphoria as Chinese astronauts accomplished the historic mission of walking in space and Beijing hosted the most magnificent Olympic Games ever. In the second half of 2008, the nation deftly tackled the impact of the international financial tsunami. All these have shown China’s growing strength as a nation and the positive role that the media, including Hong Kong newspapers, can play in national development.
Against such a unique background, the Hong Kong News Awards 2008 has taken on a distinctive dimension. We are grateful to the panel of judges for their professional assessment of the entries and for helping us to honour the works of journalists who braced many difficulties over the past year in bringing us the news.
The financial tsunami has brought about changes which we have not experienced in a century. The newspaper industry in Hong Kong inevitably faces uncertainties in the times ahead. But I strongly believe that fellow journalists, with their fighting spirit and adaptability, will be able to overcome a very challenging 2009 and continue to serve the community conscientiously.
On behalf of The Newspaper Society of Hong Kong, I would like to express my gratitude to every member of the panel of judges and all the sponsors for making this year’s Awards a success.