South China Morning Post Honoured with 14 Prizes in Hong Kong Journalism Awards

Hong Kong, March 1, 2007 — The South China Morning Post scooped 14 awards in the Hong Kong Newspaper Society News Awards 2006, with a clean sweep in the business news writing categories.

The awards, announced on February 28 2007, saw the SCMP take the top prize in four of the fourteen categories, including "Best Science News Reporting" for a series on British physicist Stephen Hawking. In the English section, the SCMP won "Best News Writing" for a piece on the spread of Aids as a result of blood sales in rural China and "Best Business News Writing" for a feature on small stockbrokers struggling against fierce competition, titled "Banks elbow brokers out of business". Robin Kwong was awarded "Best Young Reporter". Ten Runners Up and Merits completed the haul for articles covering subjects ranging from reporting on the Reit and the ‘Advantage Hong Kong’ series to social issues such as the worsening pollution and the culture of giving in the Chinese business community.

Editor C. K. Lau commented, "We are delighted to receive these awards which are a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff, and we are particularly pleased with a win and second runner up spot in the "Best Young Reporter" category which shows that our training and talent development programmes are paying off." And he continued, "We constantly strive to produce the highest quality for our readers on a daily basis – a fact reflected in our circulation numbers – but external recognition like this is always a bonus."

The Hong Kong Newspaper Society, founded in 1954 has been running awards for decades. Judged by a panel comprising dozens of local and regional experts, academics and practicing journalists, the period from 2000 to 2006 has seen the South China Morning Post consistently outperform its peers with 79 awards in six years.

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