Monday, September 30, 2013, 07:41
CUHK prize scoop at Campus Newspaper Award
By Andrea Deng in Hong Kong

CUHK prize scoop at Campus Newspaper Award
Michael Wong Wai-lun (left), director of Information Services, Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee (center), non-official member of the Executive Council, and Zhou Li, publisher and editor-in-chief of China Daily Asia Pacific, at the China Daily Hong Kong 2013 Campus Newspaper Award prize ceremony on Saturday. (edmond tang / China Daily)

CUHK prize scoop at Campus Newspaper Award
Zhou Li (left), publisher and editor-in-chief of China Daily Asia Pacific, talks to winners of the China Daily Hong Kong 2013 Campus Newspaper Award on Saturday. (edmond tang / China Daily)
Universities across the nation joined China Daily Hong Kong’s annual event

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) scooped the major accolades in the Campus Newspaper Award for the second year, receiving 11 prizes in a ceremony on Saturday.

 China Daily Hong Kong, organizer of the annual event launched last year, presented prizes in 16 categories to winners from 12 universities across the country.

In a repeat of last year, CUHK bagged the most awards: five first prizes — almost one-third of all first prizes — and six merit prizes.

The purpose of the contest, according to Zhou Li, publisher and editor-in-chief of China Daily Asia Pacific, is to encourage more students to take their campus newspapers seriously and thereby practice their journalism skills.

Speaking at Saturday’s prize ceremony, Zhou said there were more participants, more awards, more sponsorship and more promotion this year.

This year saw the addition of the first universities from Taiwan — Shih Hsin University and Fu Jen Catholic University — joining their counterparts in Hong Kong, Macao and the Chinese mainland.

The Communication University of China, Beijing Foreign Studies University and Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) also debuted at the event, which was supported by nine sponsors and three media partners.

The ceremony took place at HKBU’s Lam Woo International Conference Centre and was sponsored by the university’s School of Communication.

In total 267 submissions were evaluated by a panel of 21 judges, comprising university professors and veteran journalists from the news industry.

“We hope that more people know about this event and we look forward to more support in promoting journalism education,” Zhou said.

 Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, non-official member of the Executive Council; Michael Wong Wai-lun, director of Information Services of the SAR government; and Henry Fong Yun-wah, chairman of the Fong Shu Fook Tong Foundation, attended the award ceremony as guests of honor.

 Speaking at the ceremony, Ip said there are two key elements in newspaper journalism — news and views. “Being frequently interviewed by reporters, we (public figures) feel very disappointed when (our quotes in) news reports turn out incorrect, exaggerated or incomplete,” she said. Nevertheless, newspapers are welcome to provide objective comment and criticism of government officials, she added.

Echoing Ip, Wong said Hong Kong’s media is fully capable of monitoring the government.

“At the Information Services Department I have abundant opportunities to be in touch with journalists, passing them views from the government,” he said. “The media enjoys the freedom to express their views in Hong Kong, something that the government upholds.”

Wong, who talked to some of the winners, said he could feel the students’ passion was comparable to the city’s professional journalists — famed for their competitive and go-getting spirit. That also means a journalist in Hong Kong is required to have a strong will to endure immense work pressure arising from fierce competition among news organizations in the city, while their income in the first few years is low.

Edith Leung Ho-ying and Phoebe Chau Hoi-kiu from Shue Yan University, who won the best feature writing award for their coverage on the 2012 US presidential election, said the experience was precious — they had to race against the clock to keep up with their campus newspaper’s production schedule while dispatching news from Washington DC.

“We had tons of meetings before the trip to plan the details but still things happened. When we were there, a hurricane struck and we had to stay in the hotel for two days. We ended up writing an extra story about the hurricane while doing online election updates,” said Chau.