Young Post wins top World Young Reader Prize for coverage of Occupy

Young Post wins top World Young Reader Prize for coverage of Occupy

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YP's John Kang at the Occupy protests.
YP's John Kang at the Occupy protests.
YP's John Kang at the Occupy protests.

Young Post has won a top World Young Reader Prize for its coverage of the Occupy Central movement.

The annual competition is organised by Wan-Ifra, the World Association of Newspapers, to recognise success in engaging young people in news.

The team began coverage of the events with the week-long student protests, which started on September 22 last year.

"When we realised it wasn't just going to be a one-day event we re-thought our strategy," says deputy editor Karly Cox.

The jury praised Young Post's entry saying, "This is a good example of not only giving youth a voice in a highly political situation but also of how all media today need to report major new events: multimedia and social. It also bursts the myth that young people are not interested in serious news stories".

As editor Susan Ramsay explains: "What started out as an important issue for our readers became a city-wide story that resounded all over the world."

Social media was vital to sharing the events, but YP couldn't have done it without our news-hungry junior reporters. One of the most significant contributors was Jessie Pang Yu-tung, who joined the Young Post Junior Reporters' Club in 2012.

She spent 81 days at the protest site and was awarded the editor's choice award at the YP Junior Reporter Award ceremony earlier this year.

Young Post's material was picked up by international press and earned praise from locals who appreciated the feeling of authenticity about the coverage.

"It is an absolute honour to be recognised for our efforts by Wan-Ifra," says Ramsay.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Young Post top of the class

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