South China Morning Post's Denise Tsang scoops top gender prize

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 March, 2014, 5:30am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 March, 2014, 5:30am


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The South China Morning Post has scooped a top prize at an Asia-Pacific press awards ceremony.

The newspaper's Analysis Editor, Business, Denise Tsang, saw her analysis on gender diversity - "Engineering Change" - named "Print Story of the Year" at the Women's Empowerment Journalism Award 2014.

Tsang was also chosen as one of the three finalists for Journalist of the Year.

Her winning entry was up against more than 300 published in print or online or broadcast in Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines.

Launched by UK-based company Diageo, the world's largest producer of spirits and a major beer brewer, the press awards are the first of their kind in the AsiaPacific region. They aim to raise awareness about gender diversity and empowering women socially and economically.

Diageo Asia-Pacific president Gilbert Ghostine said the journalism award honoured outstanding achievements in reporting women's issues across Asia Pacific as part of the group's "Plan W", which seeks to empower women's initiatives.

The awards have five categories, for print story of the year, online story of the year, broadcast Story of the year, photograph of the year and journalist of the year.

Tsang's award-winning analysis revealed the gender prejudice that engineer Sammi Wong came across when she joined the male-dominated construction industry in Hong Kong about 17 years ago. She subsequently changed jobs, advanced up the corporate ladder and became the MTR Corporation's first woman construction manager last year.

Tsang is a leading writer on gender issues and is admired for her professionalism and disarming personality, which has allowed interviewees to open up to her about their stories.

Her submissions for the Journalist of the Year award included "Angel of Temple Street", a profile of a former female drug addict who shared her darkest moments and told how she gradually mustered the courage to step out of her broken past to lead a ministry to help other female drug addicts.