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CUHK scoops top campus news awards

By Luis Liu in Hong Kong

CUHK scoops top campus news awards

Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (third right), Group Chief Financial Officer of AIA Garth Jones (left) and Zhou Li (right), publisher and editor-in-chief of China Daily Asia Pacific, present the Best in News Reporting (English) award to winners Mak Ka-fei (second right), Lai Zee-yeung (third left) and Julian Ng Chit-hei during the 2015 China Daily Campus Newspaper Awards Presentation Ceremony at Chiang Chen Studio Theatre, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Friday. ( ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) defended its leading position in China’s campus journalism by bagging 12 awards in the 2015 Campus Newspaper Awards organized by China Daily Asia Pacific.

As the awards were unveiled at the presentation ceremony held on Friday, the university bagged nine awards in the English categories — including a clean sweep of all prizes in News Reporting, New Video Reporting and Features Video Reporting.

Chu Hai College of Higher Education was crowned Best in News Reporting in the Chinese categories for its undercover investigation into the parallel trading issue on the Shenzhen-Hong Kong border.

Students from 26 universities from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao and the mainland participated in the awards. It is the only campus journalism competition — now in its fourth year — in which contestants come from the four places across China.

Zhou Li, publisher and editor-in-chief of China Daily Asia Pacific, said it was not easy to build such a platform. He hoped the event could not only serve as a news awards presentation, but as a chance for young people from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao and the mainland to enhance communication.

Two new awards were established this year — Best in Business News Reporting and Best in Art and Culture News Reporting — to encourage students to explore a variety of news reporting fields.

Zhou also pledged to add more awards according to future development of the media.

A total of 611 submissions — 20 percent more than last year — were evaluated by 52 judges comprising academics, veteran journalists and socialites.

Prizes in 27 categories went to students from 21 universities. Four universities took part in the competition for the first time this year. They are Fo Guang University from Taiwan, and Central China Normal University, Anhui University and Central University of Finance and Economics from the mainland.

The Communication University of China won two “students’ choice” awards — Best in Page Design and Best in News Photo — via the online popular votes.

Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Convener of the Executive Council Lam Woon-kwong attended the event.

Speaking at the ceremony, Carrie Lam acknowledged the Campus Newspaper Awards’ contribution in helping to nurture journalists. “The record-breaking number of more than 600 entries this year is solid proof of its increasing popularity,” Lam said.

She also congratulated the winners for what they had achieved through their well-written articles, which covered a range of topics in both hard and soft news. She encouraged the winners to continue to broaden their horizons and equip themselves for the challenges ahead.

Students were visibly excited to receive the prizes. Chen Ssu-ning, a senior student from Taiwan-based National Chiao Tung University, won the second runner-up for Best in Feature Writing (Chinese). She looked into the lives of former triad members in Taiwan who had changed their ways and chosen to serve the community.

She felt the competition was a special opportunity for her to get to know and learn from other young campus reporters from other parts of China.

Best in News Reporting (Chinese) winners Tin Shue-chun, Chung Man-shan and Wong Chi-hang felt honored to win the title among so many outstanding peers from all over the country.

Dean of the School of Communication at Hang Seng Management College Scarlet Tso Hung, a member of the judging panel, was impressed by the professionalism of the shortlisted entries. She hoped the competition would encourage more student reporters to put what they have learnt into practice.

Associate head of the Department of Media and Communication at City University of Hong Kong He Zhou, the instructor for the students winning Best Feature Video Reporting, said, “Students from across the country have different approaches to social issues, which will encourage them to better their reporting skills.”

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