SINGAPORE, 6 October 2015 - "It Changed My Life", a series of inspirational stories in print and online featuring Singaporeans who overcame significant odds in their lives, has won Gold at the World Digital Media Awards for Best Use of Online Video. The series, produced by The Straits Times, was honoured at an awards presentation ceremony in Hamburg, Germany yesterday. Receiving the award was Mr Shawn Lee Miller, Executive Multimedia Journalist, The Straits Times.
The World Digital Media Awards, organised by World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), recognise publishers who have created groundbreaking digital products that engage readers while growing their online businesses. This year, Latin America joined the competition and faced off with the winners of the European and Asian Digital Media Awards.
Mr Warren Fernandez, Editor, The Straits Times, said: "This award reflects how lives have changed for all of us in ST as we transitioned from being a pure print to a truly multimedia newsroom. The inspirational features by Kim Hoh are a joy to read in print, but being able to see and hear his interviewees on video brings out even more powerfully their struggles and triumphs over adversity. This international recognition will inspire all of us in the ST team to strive to do even better".
Mr Eugene Leow, Digital Editor, The Straits Times, said: "This global award is a wonderful reward for our talented team who have pushed our digital boundaries far further than we imagined possible. We've not just shown we can transit from print to multimedia, but that we can be among the best in the world".
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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.
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
SPH's other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, Stomp, omy.com and SPH Razor.
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. It has also invested in digital newsstand Magzter.
SPH also provides out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO.
SPH Buzz is a modern retail convenience chain with a network of stores around the island.
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.
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.
SPH's online classifieds include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds
(STClassifieds), sgCarmart and Streetsine.
SPH's regional joint venture online classifieds business has a number of leading online classifieds sites in the region.
Events and Exhibitions
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 has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps.
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