The South China Morning Post swept the board in the Newspaper Society of Hong Kong press awards, announced yesterday. Post writers took first place in all three English-language categories, and reporter John Flint won the overall award for the best story of the year for his investigation into distance learning organisations. This also won Flint top award in the general story category, and he took the second runner-up spot for his coverage of the Pat Sin Leng fire. Post writers scooped all the awards in both the business and features categories. Gren Manuel took out first and second places in the business category, and Quinton Chan and Danny Gittings were third. Hedley Thomas secured first and second places in the features category, while Mariana Wan came third. Post photographers Tony Aw Chi-hoo and Martin Chan Kwok-cheung won first and third prizes in the features section of the photographic awards. In the Chinese-language section, Sing Tao Daily News won first and second places for the best general story. Ming Pao captured the top two awards for business stories, and was first runner-up in the features section and second runner-up in both general and feature categories. Hong Kong Economic Times won the features award and was second runner-up in business.