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Zaobao.com launches International Chinese Interactive News Awards 2015

Singapore, 4 May 2015 --- Zaobao.com, the online portal of Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese flagship newspaper of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), launched the inaugural International Chinese Interactive News Awards today. 

The Awards, the first of its kind in East Asia, is held in conjunction with Zaobao.com's 20th anniversary this year. 

The Awards aims to encourage media professionals and journalism students to hone and showcase their skills in news reporting and interactive media presentation. It also hopes to discover talents to broaden the scope and deepen the skill sets of Chinese language media around the world.


Mr Goh Sin Teck, Editor of Lianhe Zaobao, said: "Online interactive news has become an important form of news presentation which combines media and web techniques, thus providing readers with a reading experience for the internet age. Zaobao.com, set up by Lianhe Zaobao 20 years ago, is one of the world's earliest Chinese news websites. It has since established a standing in the global Chinese news industry.  We hope that through the Awards, we can inspire more creativity in the Chinese interactive news arena, thereby enhancing further the user experience of our readers in all platforms."

The Awards is organised by Zaobao.com and co-organised by Fudan University's Journalism School, Tsinghua University's Journalism and Communication School, Sun Yat-Sen University's Communication and Design School, and the University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Centre. The Awards is supported by the Chinese Association for History of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Dr Zhou Zhao Cheng, Editor of Zaobao.com, said: "Interactive news is a new form of news presentation which media industries and academics are interested in. Zaobao.com is glad to partner some of China's top journalism institutions to organise the Awards. We hope to reach out to all Chinese media and journalism students around the world, as we come together to create more exciting interactive news experience for readers."

The panel of judges for the Awards include media professionals and academics. Their experience and knowledge will ensure that deserving winners of the Awards will meet the highest journalism, editorial and interactive design standards. The Awards hopes to uphold the highest principles of journalism in an era where the media industry faces tough challenges and changes brought on by rapid developments in technology, falling subscription rates and the prevalence of social media. In this regard, Zaobao.com, which was set up 20 years ago, is well-poised as a leader in the Chinese media industry.

Winners of the Awards will walk away with prizes worth more than RMB 40,000 (about S$9,000). The top honour is the Best Online Interactive News award. Awards for the other categories include Best Original Interactive News, Most Promising Interactive News, Most Creative Interactive News, Best Interactive News Design, and Most Popular Interactive News.

Participants can take part as individuals or in a group of no more than three persons. Participants may use information from their original news reports, or news and information based on existing news reports as materials for their entries. 

Participants can submit the entries via an online form or via the official website by 30 June 2015. The awards ceremony  will be held in Beijing on 28 July


Visit http://project.zaobao.com/interactivenewsawards for more information on the International Chinese Interactive News Awards 2015.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Regn. No. 198402868E
 

For more information, please contact:

Teh Po Wei
Journalist
Zaobao.com
Chinese Media group
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1157
Email: powei@sph.com.sg

Dr Zhou Zhao Cheng
Editor
Zaobao.com/ Crossroads
Chinese Media group
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1946
Email: zhouzc@sph.com.sg

Francis Mah
Senior Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1028
Email: 
mahys@sph.com.sg 

About Lianhe Zaobao

Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese flagship newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings, is the largest-circulating Chinese newspaper in Singapore. Widely recognised in Southeast Asia for its superior quality as a responsible, objective, fair and credible newspaper, it also enjoys a good reputation and considerable influence in the global Chinese communities. It's 200-strong editorial team, including correspondents based in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo, keeps Singaporeans informed of major developments in the region. Zaobao.com, the online edition of Zaobao, has grown rapidly in popularity since its launch in 1995. It now draws over 4 million daily pageviews and attracts a monthly readership of 10 million. 

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Media 

The English/Malay/Tamil Media group comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian and My Paper (English section). It also consists of Tamil Murasu Ltd, which publishes Tamil Murasu and tabla!; book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index, in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; and the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3. 

The Chinese Media group publishes three Chinese newspapers - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; the digital editions of Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao, four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, ZbBz Newsgazine and My Paper (Chinese section). It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM 100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly. 

SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles and has various online sites, like 
hardwarezone.com,herworldplus.com and luxuryinsider.com in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. 

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.

Other Businesses


Online Classified and New Media

SPH's online classified and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds), sgCarmart and Streetsine; Asiaone, Stomp, 
omy.com and SPH Razor. 

SPH's regional joint venture online classified business, 701Search, has a number of leading online classified sites in the region.

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

Sphere Exhibits, Sphere Conferences, Exhibits Inc and Bizlink Exhibition Services organise innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. SPH Buzz is a modern retail convenience chain with a network of stores around the island.

In addition, SPH also provides out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO.

Education

SPH has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps.


Properties

SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established to invest in a portfolio of income-producing real estate primarily for retail purposes. SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall in the centre of Clementi town.

The Seletar Mall, located in Sengkang, is SPH's latest retail development. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

For more information, please visit 
www.sph.com.sg.