The Eighth Annual Conference of NGO News China, jointly hosted by China Philanthropy Times Press (公益时报) and the Tencent Charity Foundation, was held in Beijing on the 26th of January. The conference was attended by secretary of the All-China Journalists’ Association Pan Gang, president of the China Philanthropy Research Institute Wang Zhenyao and vice president of the China Association of Social Workers Liu Jing.
During his speech, Pan announced the top ten NGO news stories of 2015, as chosen through online research and expert opinion, including the establishment of the Shenzhen International Philanthropy Institute and the release of the Charity Law drafts. The efforts of journalists in this field are indispensable in light of the constant increase of news stories related to NGOs. 20 journalists were awarded the title of Outstanding Charity Journalist of 2015 and 40 were honored with the title of Charity Journalist of the Year 2015 as an appreciation of their contributions to the NGO sector. The conference also unveiled the “China’s NGO Leaders” project to enhance the cultivation of professionals in the NGO sector. The project rewards 100 selected NGO leaders annually with funds raised through crowd-sourcing. Its aim is to encourage professional NGO managers to interact more with NGO leaders and philanthropists.