Lau Ka-ho wins merit award in the Kam Yiu-yu Press Freedom Awards


劉家豪奪得「金堯如新聞自由獎」綜合電子傳媒組優異獎

Date: 12 Apr 2017 (Wednesday)

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Journalism student wins merit prize in press freedom award

新聞系學生奪新聞獎優異獎

Lau Ka-ho (Broadcast Journalism, Year 4) won the merit award in the electronic media category of the eighth Kam Yiu-yu Press Freedom Awards with his investigative series “Industrial Building Safety”.
 
The winning entry, exploring the issue of units in an industrial building being illegally converted into partitioned flats, was produced by Ka-ho and his colleagues when he worked as an intern reporter at RTHK. He said that the report was produced just after a huge fire broke out in an industrial building in Cheung Sha Wan. As a result of the blaze, property agents were very wary about granting any visitor appointments. “When carrying out the operation, I was responsible for asking questions related to leasing the flat, such as the rent and fire-fighting equipment, and I kept an eye on the surroundings. The agent kept asking us questions, trying to find out whether we were doing a sting operation.” Finally, Ka-ho and his colleagues completed the task with comprehensive preparations.
 
Ka-ho said that he was excited and satisfied that he had uncovered social issues through putting together news reports, and expressed his sincere thanks to the experienced RTHK reporters who provided useful advice to help prepare the undercover operation and the reports in such a short period of time. He plans to be a professional journalist after graduation so as to uphold social justice.
 
The Kam Yiu-yu Awards are organised by the Hong Kong Journalists Association to enhance awareness of press freedom and promote professionalism among journalists. Judges look for originality, professionalism and initiative when selecting award-winning reports.
 

劉家豪(廣播新聞四年級)憑著「工廈安全」系列調查報道,奪得第八屆「金堯如新聞自由獎」綜合電子傳媒組優異獎。
 
得獎作品探討工業大廈被違規改裝成劏房出租的課題,是家豪在香港電台擔任實習記者期間與其他記者合作的報道。他表示,當時剛發生長沙灣工業大廈大火,因此在預約參觀違規樓盤時,地產經紀的警覺性甚高。「我們採訪時,我主力負責問有關租務的問題,例如租金、防火設備等,更要眼觀四周。經紀反覆地問問題,看看我們是否『放蛇』。」幸好他跟同事們準備充足,成功完成採訪。
 
家豪表示,透過報道揭發社會問題,所獲得的成功感及滿足感不言而喻。他感謝港台記者前輩的提點,讓他能夠在極短時間內作完善部署及完成採訪。他希望畢業後能夠投身傳媒行業,繼續為社會公義發聲。
 
金堯如新聞自由獎由香港記者協會主辦,旨在鼓勵香港新聞工作者捍衛新聞自由和提升報道水平,評審團以參選作品的原創性、專業水平、主動性等,作為評選準則。