Event also unveiled winners of inaugural International Chinese Media Interactive News Awards
Singapore and Beijing, 28 July 2015 -- Zaobao.com celebrated its 20th anniversary with a gala dinner in Beijing this evening to thank readers and stakeholders for their unwavering support over the past two decades.
Zaobao.com, the online portal of Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese flagship newspaper of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), first went “live” on 15 August 1995.
More than 170 guests attended Zaobao.com’s 20th Anniversary Dinner at the JW Marriott Hotel Beijing.
Distinguished guests at the dinner included Dr Han Fangming, Vice-Chairman of the National Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and Mr Stanley Loh Ka Leung, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to China, and representatives from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The State Internet Information Office, The State Council Information Office, China-based Singaporean organisations, Chinese academia and enterprises.
The event also acknowledged and rewarded the efforts of budding interactive news journalists with the inaugural International Chinese Media Interactive News Awards Presentation Ceremony. The two-month long competition saw a total of 65 entries from 21 institutions and organisations from Singapore, China and Hong Kong vying for 11 awards.
“If Cutting Interest Rates Isn’t Love, Then What Is?”（《如果这都不算爱 央妈心里好悲哀》）, an interactive feature on how interest rate cuts by the People's Bank of China would affect readers, won the students from Guangzhou’s Sun Yat-Sen University（中山大学） the Best Interactive News - Gold Award.
The Silver Award went to the team from Shanghai’s Fudan University（复旦大学). Titled “Shanghai’s Internet of Dreams”（《沪联网之梦》）, the entry depicted how the current dot-com and e-commerce boom in China is fuelling the dreams of many Shanghai technopreneurs.
Prior to the gala dinner, a forum discussion, titled “Symbiosis: Zaobao.com’s 20 Years in China” was held. The forum saw Mr Lim Jim Koon, former Lianhe Zaobao Editor; Prof Yu Guoming from School of Journalism at China’s Renmin University , Prof Zhu Feng from Nanjing University and Ms Han Yong Hong, China Desk Editor of Lianhe Zaobao shared their thoughts on howZaobao.com was a witness to China’s growth in the past two decades. The discussion was moderated by Zaobao.com Editor Dr Zhou Zhao Cheng.
Mr Goh Sin Teck, Editor of Lianhe Zaobao, said: “Ever since Lianhe Zaobao became the first Chinese media in the world to go online 20 years ago, we’ve been playing the role of bridging between readers of Singapore and China. We are mindful of the importance of this role and will make sure that we continue to be accurate, objective and fair. This is the core value ofZaobao.com which we will never change.”
Dr Zhou Zhao Cheng, Zaobao.com Editor, said: “Interactive news has become an important way of presenting the news to our readers. It combines media and Internet technologies to provide readers with a wholesome digital reading experience. We believe that the Awards will raise the bar for quality interactive news journalism for Chinese media worldwide. We are glad to organise the Awards to celebrate Zaobao.com's 20th Anniversary and believe that it will raise the bar for quality interactive news journalism for Chinese media worldwide.”
The Zaobao.com 20th Anniversary Dinner in Beijing is one of many events commemorating the 20th year of the website going “live”. Celebrations will culminate with a gala dinner in Singapore on 14 August. Ms Sim Ann, Minister of State for the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Communications and Information, will be gracing the occasion as Guest of Honour.
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