AAJA Asia Digital Journalism Student Award 2016

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AAJA Asia and Google recognize skills for the digital era.

By Billy Wong.

As mobile technology has infiltrated into every part of our lives, it has become more important than ever for journalists to master digital skills to reach the widest audience and maximize the impacts of their stories. AAJA Asia and Google aim to provide a platform for prospective and eager future journalists to make use of multimedia to tell stories that matter in their regions. This award enables students to put their knowledge and skills into practice and gear up for future careers in the industry.

The AAJA Asia chapter did not impose any specific parameters on what constitutes good digital journalism in the hope of encouraging undergraduate students to unleash creativity in their reporting.  The judges were more than impressed by the submissions.

The Winner

The judging panel awards 2016 AAJA-Asia Digital Journalism Student Award to Bobby Chan and his team from The University of Hong Kong for “Street Wonder — Survival Stories of Asian Street Children in Hong Kong.”

This outstanding multimedia project told the story of ethnic minority street children in Hong Kong (streetwonder.org). In this rare glimpse, the team documented the challenges for these children who live in a neighborhood where sex trade and drug trafficking are rampant. The project also helps illustrate how the lack of parental care contributes to the rise in juvenile delinquencies and high school dropouts.

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With the help of text, photos, videos, graphics and audio podcasts, “Street Wonder” also sheds light on the challenges facing ethnic minority families in Hong Kong and how the limited opportunities available for non-Chinese speakers deter the youngsters from developing their full potential.

“This entry was an eye-opening account of a story little reported in Hong Kong. Not only did it do what journalists do best, which is to cast light on darkness, this team effectively did so by allowing digital tools and video to let subjects tell their own story,” said Angie Lau, one of the judges of the award.

Congratulations to Bobby and his team! Thanks to the generous support from Google, the winners receive a $1,000 cash prize and a trip to the Global Editors Summit 2017.

AAJA Asia expresses gratitude to the judges for their time and dedication in nurturing aspiring journalists. On the judging panel: Angie Lau, Bloomberg Television; Chiew Farn Chung, ClassDo Inc.; Elaine Ramirez, freelance journalist; Jay Hartwell, University of Hawaii; Wendy Tang, technology reporter; and Yuri Nagano, MergerMarket Group.


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