Post tops rivals in newspaper awards

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 March, 2006, 12:00am

The South China Morning Post scooped 13 awards in the Hong Kong Newspaper Society News Awards last night, the most of any paper in the city.

The Post's coverage of the bird flu outbreak took first prize for best science news reporting, with Alex Lo making it a one-two in this section with his article 'Small wonders' on nanotechnology.

An article, 'Competition law is a bridge too far for HK', by Andy Cheng, Ben Kwok and business editor Simon Pritchard, was winner in the best business news reporting category.

In the best news reporting section, merit awards were given for the paper's coverage of the verdict in the Nancy Kissel murder trial - a joint effort by Polly Hui, Barclay Crawford and Dennis Eng - and a series by Minnie Chan on a land dispute in Shanwei .

The Post also won recognition for its fresh journalistic talent, with Vivian Cui named first runner-up in the best young reporter category for a series of stories on the hardships faced by the mainland's gay community.

Clarence Tsui was the winner in the English news writing section for a story about inadequate social services in Tin Shui Wai, while Peter Kammerer was first runner-up for a piece about the plight of South Asian tsunami orphans.

Neil Gough and Tom Mitchell were second runner-up in the English business news writing section for an article on east-west trade relations.

The best English headline award went to the news sub-editing team for 'Sperm meets egg? It's just not enough any more' - a story about fertility issues. Susan Ramsay was first runner-up for 'Declaring war on Smother Nature'.

Photographer Dominic Nahr was second runner-up in the features photo section for 'Typhoon'.

In the best news page design category, Ben O'Neill collected a merit award for his work on the WTO protests in December.