As the most authoritative award for achievements in newspaper journalism, the Hong Kong News Awards organised by The Newspaper Society of Hong Kong is a great annual event for the industry and plays a significant role in fostering the development of the news media. This year, the panel of judges comprises more than 50 professionals, including veteran journalists, journalism educators, university presidents and business leaders. The number of participating media has increased and the number of entries has reached a record high of more than 600.
Over the past year, topical issues that captured public attention included the Chief Executive election, Legislative Council election, campaign to safeguard sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands and collision of two ferries off Lamma Island. Livelihood issues such as housing, environment and revitalizing heritage properties were also uppermost in the minds of the public, as was the 18th congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Reports on these issues from multiple and diverse perspectives constituted the contents of the entries. This year, a new Arts and Culture Reporting Award aimed at promoting the coverage of Hong Kong’s cultural scene has been launched. The Society will continue to organize the Hong Kong News Awards with a view to promoting excellence and best practice in the industry.
I would like to congratulate the winners for their achievements and thank the judges for their hard work in assessing the entries. To fellow members of the newspaper industry and community leaders who have rendered their support in making the competition a success, I offer my sincere gratitude. My best wishes to the Hong Kong media industry, which never fails to strive for the best.