Chan Yee-man and Ma Yuen-ting win bronze with their report on “nano flats”


陳綺雯及馬婉婷的報道探討納米單位,獲頒銅獎

Lau Tsz-lam decides she wants to be a reporter upon graduation


劉芷琳希望畢業後成為記者

Date: 16 Aug 2017 (Wednesday)

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Journalism students win honours in Consumer Rights Reporting Awards

新聞學生勇奪消費權益新聞獎

The School of Communication’s Chan Yee-man and Ma Yuen-ting (Chinese Journalism Year 4) won the bronze prize, and schoolmate Lau Tsz-lam (Broadcast Journalism Year 3) won the merit award in the Campus Category of the 17th Consumer Rights Reporting Awards (CRRA).  
 
The bronze prize–winning report by Yee-man and Yuen-ting discussed issues concerning “nano flats”, the newly developing residences with a very small area. They not only had a large amount of data to analyse, they also had to work closely with other teams to design an interactive game in which players try to fit their furniture into a tiny flat. 
 
Yuen-ting said the most difficult part of their report was finding interviewees who live in nano flats to come out and speak, as most of the residences had not been completed and the owners did not regard such flats as very nice and hence refused to be interviewed. Luckily however, an interior designer who provided them with a professional view lives in a nano flat. Yuen-ting said that from having worked on their report, she has learnt how to analyse issues from different perspectives. She plans to explore the world before deciding on her eventual development path.  
 
Tsz-lam’s winning report was about the many pharmacies in Hong Kong that use the “NO FAKES” signage without official approval and are therefore suspected of misleading consumers. She and her teammate conducted a sting operation in a suspicious pharmacy but the owner saw through their ruse immediately. However the owner was impressed by the team’s sincerity and asked one of the shopkeepers to give an interview and explain details to them.     
 
Tsz-lam gained a great sense of achievement from the reporting and came to realise that news stories can be found everywhere if you pay attention to detail and do not give up easily. She decided she wants to be a reporter. She learnt from working on the news report that she has to be efficient, flexible and responsible at the work place, and most importantly, she must dare to try, not be too sensitive and not hold back for fear of making mistakes.
 
The CRRA is organised by the Consumer Council in association with the Hong Kong Journalists Association and the Hong Kong Press Photographers Association to pay tribute to journalistic excellence in consumer rights issues and concerns.

傳理學院陳綺雯及馬婉婷(中文新聞四年級)、劉芷琳(廣播新聞三年級)在第17屆消費權益新聞獎校園組分別取得銅獎及優異獎。
 
綺雯及婉婷的銅獎報道為「『蚊』型生活-居所比停車位還小是甚麼體驗」,探討新興的「納米」住宅單位。他們不但分析大量數據,更特別與其他組別合作設計互動遊戲,讓讀者嘗試如何在狹小單位中放置傢俬。
 
婉婷表示,採訪最大困難是尋找願意「上鏡」的個案;因為不少「納米」樓盤尚未入伙,而且業主亦不覺得如此置業是光榮之事。幸好,為她們提供專業意見的室內設計師剛好居住於「納米」單位。她從採訪工作學懂應該從不同角度分析事情,期望畢業後先探索世界,才決定發展方向。
 
芷琳的獲獎報道為商戶擅自使用「正版正貨承諾」計劃標誌,有誤導消費者之嫌。她表示,採訪過程涉及「放蛇」行動,開始未經即被藥房負責人識破。幸而藥房東主可能受到她與組員的真誠打動,願意派員接受訪問及解釋箇中細節。
 
芷琳從新聞採訪取得甚大的成就感,並學習到新聞故事隨處可拾,最重要是要有觀察力及鍥而不捨。她更立志成為記者,因為新聞工作讓她明白工作要有效率、懂得隨機應變及責任心;更重要的是不要「玻璃心」,不要因為怕犯錯而退縮,要勇於嘗試,這體會對她的個人生長帶來莫大的裨益。
 
「消費權益新聞獎」由消費者委員會、香港記者協會及香港攝影記者協會聯合主辦,以表揚本地新聞工作者對消費權益報道所作的卓越成就。