South China Morning Post reporter Ravina Shamdasani has won the Chinese University of Hong Kong Journalism Award for her series of reports on asylum seekers and human rights. The prize was given by the university's School of Journalism and Communication to promote excellence in professional practices in the journalism field in Hong Kong. Inaugurated in 2003, the award selects two winners - one for the electronic media and another for the print media. Au Ka-lun, executive producer for special projects at TVB News, won the electronic-media prize for his comprehensive reports on problems relating to the construction of a dam on the Nu River in Yunnan province . The panel of judges praised these reports for touching a wide range of issues, including environmental, politics and villagers' livelihoods. Shamdasani's reports won the judges' praise for arousing public attention by looking into the difficulties faced by 'invisible' asylum seekers in Hong Kong. 'It is the journalists' job to speak for the vulnerable people, so that the government cannot neglect the existence of these problems,' the judges said. Dozens of callers contacted the Post, offering to help the asylum seekers. They not only donated money but also offered food, clothes and tutorials.