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CUHK scales new heights in campus news awards

By Dara Wang
CUHK scales new heights in campus news awards
Award-winning students pose for a selfie with Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah during the China Daily Campus Newspaper Awards prize presentation ceremony at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday. (Edmond Tang / China Daily)

HONG KONG - Aspiring young journalists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) again proved a force to be reckoned with by winning 16 awards at the 2016 Campus Newspaper Awards by China Daily Asia Pacific.

At the award presentation ceremony held on Thursday, Varsity, the student-run magazine of CUHK, scooped nearly two thirds of all 28 awards up for grabs, including a clean sweep of all prizes in News Reporting, News Writing, Business News Reporting and Campus News Reporting in the English categories and Features Video Reporting in the Chinese categories.

Young journalists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong again proved a force to be reckoned with by winning 16 awards at the 2016 Campus Newspaper Awards

Tsinghua University, winning four awards in the Chinese categories, won the award for Best Feature Writing in Chinese for a detailed and touching stories of rural migrant workers in Beijing.

The Campus Newspaper Awards is the only campus journalism competition — now in its fifth year — in which contestants come from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and the Chinese mainland.

Students from 28 universities in the four places across China competed for awards in 28 categories. Prizes were presented to winners from 23 universities. Chongqing University and South China University of Technology took part in the competition for the first time this year.

A total of 640 submissions were evaluated by a panel of 59 judges, comprising academics, veteran journalists, political heavyweights and business elites.

Anhui University won two “students’ choice” awards in Chinese categories — Best in News Page Design and Best in Feature Photo — selected via online voting.

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah, Under Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung and Deputy Director of Information Services Christine Leong Ion-chi attended the ceremony as guests of honor.

Speaking at the ceremony, Tsang acknowledge the Campus Newspaper Awards’ contribution to helping foster “the rising stars of media”.

“The competition has promoted communication among students from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan over the past five years,” said Tsang, adding he is glad to see the students producing high-caliber journalism.

“I hope all the winners could keep focusing on social issues and play the vital role of media in helping our society to become more livable, inclusive and prosperous,” Tsang said.

Students were delighted to receive prizes. Zhang Jingyi, Chan Hei and Chan Yee-wing from the Chinese University of Hong Kong won the Best in News Reporting (English). They spent nearly one month interviewing seven young netizens from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan to discuss a variety of hot topics on social media and popular culture among young generations.

Zhang said winning the prize encouraged them to keep pursuing excellence in journalism. “We will continue to sharpen our skills in producing high-quality news articles,” Zhang said.

Students from Tsinghua University felt honored to receive the award for Best in Feature Writing (Chinese). Wan Ningning, a student editor of the campus newspaper at the school, said the competition serves as a special platform to get their articles known by more people and offers them a great chance to exchange ideas with other outstanding young reporters.

The first runner-up of Best in Features News Photography, Yang Diya, from Macau University of Science and Technology, employed the technique of double exposure to contrast the fast and slow living styles in Macao. “By putting together images of taking down an old building and a senior resident’s back view on bicycle, I hope to remind people to live a balanced life,” Yang said.

Wu Ying-jung and Hsieh Chia-ying from a Taiwan-based university won the first runner-up in Best in News Reporting (Chinese). “We talked to numerous refugees in Berlin and Munich, Germany, and visited several social enterprises, to provide a unique angle to look into issues faced by refugees in daily life,” Wu said.

Director of the School of Journalism at Communication University of China Liu Chang, a member of the judging panel, said he was greatly impressed by the young people showing outstanding journalistic ability while still in college.

He hoped the competition could continue to be held every year to encourage more students to hone their practical journalism skills.

Part-time lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Communication at Hong Kong Shue Yan University Elaine Tang Ming-yi, instructs the students who won the second runner-up of Best in Overall Design.

Tang said “We are amazed to learn how students from universities in other places of China design their campus newspapers or magazines. This encouraged students to improve their skills in page designs and photos through competition and comparison.”

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