Singapore, 8 June 2012 –Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) bagged eight awards at the prestigious SOPA 2012 Awards held at JW Marriott Hotel in Hong Kong yesterday.
Organised by The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), the SOPA Awards celebrate outstanding editorial content and creativity in Asia. This year, it received a total of 580 entries across 17 categories.
The Straits Times won five awards, including three top honours. Its coverage on foreign women trafficking clinched the top honour for Excellence in Human Rights Reporting, while a report on the rising cost of caring for Singapore’s ageing trees won in the Excellence in Explanatory Reporting, a new category this year. Judges had praised it for being an extraordinary investigative piece which was deeply reported and clearly written from a variety of perspectives.
The Straits Times also took the top prize in the Excellence in News Photography category for its photos of the Tanjong Pagar railway station closure, as well as Honourable Mentions for Excellence in Feature Photography and Excellence in Editorial Cartooning respectively.
Zuraidah Ibrahim, The Straits Times Deputy Editor, said: “This is fantastic affirmation of what we try to do daily at The Straits Times: give our readers compelling content about the place they call home and the wider world we live in. Whether it is in photography, artwork or prose, our winners are proof that we have a talented team driven to do right by our readers. We are so proud of them.”
The New Paper received an Honourable Mention for Excellence in Information Graphics for its artwork on the ArtScience Museum. The illustration explained the design and layout of the newly opened ArtScience Museum which is part of the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort.
Dominic Nathan, The New Paper Editor, said: “If you want to know the make-up of The New Paper's DNA, look no further than our Art team. With their excellent craft skills and strong team spirit, they are among the region's best in visual story-telling, and this award confirms it yet again.”
ZbBz, a monthly “newsgazine”, received an Honourable Mention for Excellence in Feature Photography for its travel article on Ceylon while leading bilingual news and entertainment portal omy.sg received an Honourable Mention for Excellence in Multimedia News Presentation for its multimedia micro-site covering Singapore General Elections 2011 (http://project.omy.sg/ge2011/).
Ng King Kang, Editorial Consultant, ZbBz, said: “ZbBz places importance on in-depth articles and high quality photography, so winning this award is an affirmation of our efforts and the publication, which was only launched three years ago.”
Lee Kuan Fung, Associate Editor, omy.sg, said: “The growth of the new media has brought forth new challenges for news reporting. Apart from the need to be up-to-date, accurate and credible, it is also essential for news-reporting in new media to be interactive as well as aurally- and visually-captivating. omy.sg is constantly exploring the latest possibilities offered by new media in a bid to provide our audiences with a more holistic and engaging experience when it comes to news consumption.”
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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.
Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing
In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. On an average day, 2.92 million individuals or 74 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.
Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 330 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; Stomp, omy.sg, and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times Weekend's iPad application. SPH's Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital platforms which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 in Chinese and 91.3FM in English.
Events and Out-of-Home Advertising
SPH’s events subsidiary Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s leading Digital Out-of-Home advertising company.
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its latest retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.