With the technological advancements, use of digital media has been widespread today and anybody can assume the role as an information provider. The booming smartphone platforms in particular have made it even more convenient, encouraging contents overly emotional but barely fact-based, characterized by fragmented information and eye-catching headlines not authenticable practically, not to mention the lack of impartial reporting and insightful analysis. The biggest edge enjoyed by the press is the existence of an army of news reporters faithful to their professional ethics and are capable of providing trustworthy and diversified contents to their audience. The quality contents and thought-provoking information provided through paper media are simply incomparable to that carried by other vehicles.
In 2017, Hong Kong and both sides of the Straits as well as the rest of the world witnessed a series of major news events, including a new master of the White House, the UK-EU Brexit negotiations, the 19th CPC National Congress, election of Mrs. Carrie Lam to be Hong Kong’s first female Chief Executive, and the export of tainted Brazilian meat to China and other Eurasian markets. Terms such as “left-wing,” “populism” and “protectionism” will remain to be keywords in international politics. The trend of media integration and increasing competition within the industry have created demand for ever-evolving modes of news delivery and exerted greater pressure on reporters. The reporters, however, have been able to uphold their professionalism and commit themselves to objective and impartial reporting, always striving to strengthen their communication power, trustworthiness and influence. With professional, truth-seeking and comprehensive news reporting, they are responsible recorders of our age.
On behalf of The Newspaper Society of Hong Kong, I hereby express my sincere gratitude to different sectors of the community for their support, especially all the adjudicators and sponsoring organizations. We extend our hearty congratulations to all the winners of Hong Kong News Awards 2016. We thank everyone in the industry for their contribution and dedication to the profession. Looking ahead, I hope the industry will uphold our professionalism in spite of the general tendency of innovation and seek breakthroughs in the face of changes. The Newspaper Society of Hong Kong will continue to promote the advancement of the industry by striving to raise professional standards.