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Winner of Inaugural Essay Contest Announced

14 April, 2015

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong and The Human Rights Press Awards are proud to announce that Gloria Cheung, a young Hong Kong journalist and filmmaker, has been chosen as the winner of our inaugural essay contest.

Ms. Cheung will be flown to Udine, Italy, to attend the Far East Film Festival, which hosts a Campus for budding cultural reporters. She is one of nine young writers selected from about 100 candidates worldwide.

“We’re delighted to have been instrumental in selecting and sending Gloria for this great opportunity,” said FCC President Jitendra Joshi. “It shows our commitment to student journalism and to our local community in Hong Kong.”

“We’re extremely pleased that our first essay award is being given to such a deserving candidate,” said Francis Moriarty, the HRPA’s co-founder. “On behalf of all the organizers, I’d like to express our gratitude to the Far East Film Festival.”

The Far East Film Festival president, Sabrina Baracetti, wrote a letter to the FCC to “express our thanks for and delight at receiving your support.” She continued: “We believe this Campus will serve an important role in the education of a new generation of journalists and are proud to have a Hong Kong representative in Gloria Cheung among our initial intake of nine young writers, four coming from Asia and five from Europe.”

The Far East Film Festival will cover Ms. Cheung’s costs in Europe, while an anonymous FCC patron has donated the cost of her plane ticket. The Hong Kong essay contest was judged by two cultural critics based in Hong Kong: Film critic Mathew Scott and Joyce Lau, who also works as the HRPA’s coordinator.

Ms. Cheung was chosen on the strength of her essay on Edward Snowden. The judges also noted her dual strengths in news media and filmmaking.

The 23-year-old graduated last year from the University of Hong Kong with double majors in journalism and politics & political administration. She has worked at CNN, RTHK, The South China Morning Post and Time Out Hong Kong. During the Occupy demonstrations, she co-founded LIVE: Verify, a student initiative to spread news and stop rumours about the protests.

Last year, Ms. Cheung travelled to the U.K. on full scholarship to edit and produce “Bravo!” a short documentary about underprivileged Hong Kong teenagers being trained in drama in London.

For more information, contact Joyce Lau at info@HumanRightsPressAwards.org.