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No longer partnering with the Journalists Association Consumer Council Independent Consumer Rights News Awards Chairman: No political factor involved

2022-02-07T07:21:08.629Z

The Consumer Council, together with the Hong Kong Journalists Association and the Hong Kong Photojournalist Association, organizes the "Consumer Rights News Reporting Awards" every year, but in November last year, it suddenly decided to suspend the awards. The Consumer Council announced today (7th) that the



The Consumer Council, together with the Hong Kong Journalists Association and the Hong Kong Photojournalist Association, organizes the "Consumer Rights News Reporting Awards" every year, but in November last year, it suddenly decided to suspend the awards.

The Consumer Council announced today (7th) that it has re-examined the "Reporting Awards" earlier and has completed a series of innovations, including increasing the bonus, adjusting the name of the award, and introducing public participation.

The award will start accepting applications from today, but will no longer be co-organized with the HKJA.


The chairman of the Consumer Council, Lam Ding-kwok, said that the award has been held for 21 years, and he believes that he has accumulated enough experience to hold the award by himself. He also pointed out that the media ecology has changed and the award needs to be innovated, emphasizing that "it does not involve the political factors that everyone thinks about." Chen Langsheng, chairman of the Association of Journalists, responded He pointed out that "gentlemen cannot tell each other's bad words", and said that he had never heard of the other party's self-organization due to political factors, and believed that everyone should be in their own way.


The Chairman of the Consumer Council, Lam Ting-kwok, (left) the Director-General of the Consumer Council, Wong Fung-han (right).

(Screenshot of the CCTV video)

The Chairman of the Consumer Council, Lam Ting-kwok, announced that in view of the rapid development of the media, it is necessary to re-examine the "Consumer Rights News Reporting Award".

Therefore, the Consumer Council set up a working group at the end of last year to discuss different media development trends, and refer to various foreign news awards, including entry categories, award design, evaluation process, scoring criteria, award amount, public participation, etc. reform.

The new "Reporting Award" is open for registration from today.

The bonus code is doubled, and the gold prize is increased to 6,000 yuan

Lin said that the revamped "Reporting Award" will adjust the names of the existing categories. The previous categories of "Text", "Sound", "Video", "Photojournalism" and "Campus" will be renamed the "Special Feature Award". ", "Investigative Reporting Award", "Broadcast Reporting Award", "News Video Award (Short Film and Feature Film)", "Photojournalism Award" and "University Journalism Award" in a total of 7 categories.

As for the special "Annual Awards" in 2020, it will remain unchanged.

In order to encourage the media to continue to explore more consumer rights news, "the bonus has been doubled compared to the past. The bonuses of the Gold Award, Silver Award, Bronze Award and Merit Award have been increased to 6,000 yuan, 4,000 yuan, 2,000 yuan and 1,000 yuan respectively.

In addition, the "Reporting Award" will introduce the "Annual Theme Award". The Consumer Council will announce the consumption theme at the beginning of each year, and actively encourage media organizations to discover more relevant news and submit works in the next competition.

This year's theme is "Protecting Consumers' Rights and Interests in E-commerce Activities". Because e-commerce has become more popular in the new normal of the epidemic, however, the merchants are not good or bad, and consumers tend to ignore the potential risks. Problems, consumers often have nowhere to pursue.

Invite the public to vote for the Photography Awards and Campus Journalism Awards

The Consumer Council has also introduced the category of "Best Social Platform for Advocating Consumer Rights" to commend the media's outstanding results in distributing consumer information on social platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram. Meanwhile, the "Reporting Award" has also expanded the eligibility for competition. Let more news and fashion media's social platform pages participate in the competition.

The award will be based on content, presentation skills, and community engagement as the selection criteria.

Lin also pointed out that the "Journalism Awards" used to be judged by professionals in the industry. Starting this year, the public will be invited to participate in the "Photojournalism Awards" and "College Journalism Awards", which will account for 30% of the scores.

Members of the public who participate in the voting will also have a chance to win a lucky draw with a value ranging from $200 to $5,000.

The Chairman of the Consumer Council Talks About Holding the "Reporting Award": Don't Stand Still

When asked why this year's Journalists Association held the "Reporting Award" independently, Lin Dingguo responded that the award has been held for 21 years, and he believed that he had accumulated enough experience to hold it on his own. Good job.” He explained that in recent years, the media ecology has changed, in addition to traditional media, social platforms have also emerged to distribute news.

He believes that the public expects to express their voices and take the initiative to investigate, so the decision was made after considering various factors.

Later, he was asked about the bonus increase and whether he was worried that the media would no longer participate in the competition for the award.

Lin Dingguo emphasized that "I'm not worried at all", referring to the active participation in the past few years, and the overweight is to thank the media for their active support.

The Director-General of the Consumer Council, Huang Fengxian, also pointed out that some media have suggested increasing the bonus, but the Council has not adjusted the bonus due to the limited resources of the Consumer Council. However, after comparing with other news awards of the same type, it is found that the bonus of the Consumer Council's "Journalism Award" is indeed biased. Low.

"The committee sees that the bonuses are so high, so it must be overweight."

The chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, Chen Langsheng, said that he had never heard of the Consumer Council's self-organization due to political factors.

(File photo/Photo by Li Zetong)

Chen Langsheng: I have never heard of the Consumer Council's self-organization due to political factors

The Chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, Chen Longsheng, responded that "gentlemen cannot tell bad words apart", and wished the Consumer Council's "Reporting Award" to continue to help the society.

He said that the HKJA still hopes to co-organise it with the Consumer Council, and he has never heard of the other party holding it on its own due to political factors.

He also emphasized that as long as the reporting of high-quality news is encouraged, there will be support, and he estimates that the bonus will be increased in order to provide incentives and attract more media to participate.

However, Chen believes that the most important aspect of the "Journalism Award" is recognition.

He revealed that in the past, the Journalists Association assisted in finding professionals in the industry to review news, while the Consumer Council sent staff to discuss the policy and believed that this method has always been effective. "

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Source: hk1

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