Over the past year, controversies have erupted in Hong Kong over a number of issues, including the big fire that burned down numerous hawker stalls at Fa Yuen Street, rising numbers of pregnant mainland women coming to Hong Kong to give birth and worsening inflation. All these issues had a great impact on the livelihood of ordinary people and were extensively covered by the news media. Behind the reports on these controversial issues were journalists who tirelessly discharged their responsibilities as news professionals with vigour and dedication. A primary objective of The Newspaper Society of Hong Kong in organising the Hong Kong News Awards every year is to recognise the professionalism of members of the press who serve the community through their accurate, in-depth and comprehensive reports.
In recent years, the newspaper industry has had to face many challenges and keen competition. The highlight of the past year was the launch of several free dailies, which boosted the total circulation of newspapers in Hong Kong to a new high. In the wake of this development, we firmly believe that local newspapers’ mainstream status in the media industry has remained unchanged and that they will maintain their appeal to readers. For a long time to come, our vibrant newspaper industry will carry on playing an important role in the dissemination of information. This year, the news awards have seen a rise in both the number and quality of entries. I look forward to seeing many more outstanding works of journalism in the years to come.
On behalf of The Newspaper Society of Hong Kong, I would like to congratulate every award recipient. My heart felt appreciation goes to members of the panel of judges for spending time and energy to grade the entries and to our sponsors for funding the project. Last but not least, I would like to express my gratitude to fellow members of the industry for their support and participation.