不管时代巨轮如何在转，科技发展何等神速，在新闻资讯太容易获得的年代，严谨求真的信念，更值得反思。今天的新闻，明天的历史，乃事实的真相。如卫报前总编辑Charles Prestwich Scott所认为，报纸的主要工作是准确的新闻报道，并谓“事实不可歪曲，意见大可自由”。无论传媒生态怎样改变，报纸作为主要的新闻媒体，必须坚守追求事实、承担社会责任并推动社会进步。
So unrelenting is the spinning of the wheel of times and so incredibly speedy is the technological advancement that news and information is too readily to acquire nowadays, making it an even more urgent need for us to reflect on the belief to seek truths in a vigorous manner. News today, hence history tomorrow, is the honest record of facts. As stated by Charles Prestwich Scott, former editor-in-chief of The Guardian, the primary office of a newspaper is the gathering of news, and “comment is free, but facts are sacred.” Whatever changes have taken place in the ecology of news media, the newspaper industry as the bellwether must be perseverant in the pursuit of truths, faithful to its social responsibility and promotive to social progress.
News pieces entered in the 2018 contest are of excellent quality in general. Confronted by a difficult environment for newspaper operation, journalists have been uncompromising in the quality of news and their professional ethics, as witnessed by the readers. This shows the proven value of news and the absolutely positive and indispensable roles of news media to the society. Entries this year cover a wide range of topics, including the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening, the continuing state policy promoting “One Belt, One Road,” the unprecedented meeting between the U.S. and N. Korean leaders, the Brexit deadlock, and the successive passing away of celebrities. Other topics highlight housing problem remaining a major concern for the government, reclamation becoming a long-term source of land supply, a number of infrastructural projects completed and put into operation, casualties caused on occasions of natural and man-made disasters, steel bars supporting the Hung Hom Station platform along the MTR Shatin to Central Link being cut short, and the privacy disaster triggered by the TransUnion data breach.
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 2018. We also have to thank everyone in the industry for their contribution and dedication to the profession. Looking ahead, the Newspaper Society of Hong Kong will continue to promote the advancement of the industry by striving to raise professional standards. Nevertheless is the practical support extended to journalists and news bodies by individuals and institutions from all walks of life.