Singapore, 18 November 2015 - Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH) bagged twelve awards at the Asian Digital Media Awards 2015. The awards presentation was held last night at Digital Media Asia in Hong Kong.
Among the winners was The Straits Times' (ST) "It Changed My Life", a series of inspirational stories in print and online featuring Singaporeans who overcame significant odds in their lives. It won Gold for Best Online Video. The series also clinched Gold at the World Digital Media Awards held last month.
The Straits Times, the English-language flagship daily of SPH and the most-read newspaper in Singapore, bagged another ten wins:· Gold for Best News Website (straitstimes.com)
· Silver for Best in Digital Advertising Campaign (Capitaland BuildSG2065)
· Gold and Silver for Best Data Visualisation Project (Ocean's Fury and Who's Who of Orchard Road)
· Silver for Best Mobile Service (ST Mobile Apps)
· Gold for Best Lifestyle Mobile Service (The Life E-book Series)
· Bronze for Best in Tablet Publishing (ST STAR E-books App)
· Silver for Best in Reader Engagement (LKY Tribute Wall)
· Silver and Bronze for Best New Product (ST170: A Journey Together To Celebrate and ST on Apple Watch)
STOMP, SPH's citizen-journalism website, completed the sweep by clinching Gold for Best New Product for its iPad App.
Mr Patrick Daniel, Editor-in-Chief, English/ Malay/ Tamil Media Group said: “This has been our best haul at the Digital Media Awards. There were 133 entries from 34 countries, with 19 judges mainly from Europe. So it's a great validation of the quality of our work and the transformation we've undergone in the last two years."
Mr Warren Fernandez, Editor, The Straits Times, said: "We are delighted with this haul of accolades from our peers in the media industry. Most of all because it says to our readers that ST is now a multimedia news outfit. Readers are the beneficiaries of this. They can enjoy award-winning content, on any platform they chose. Indeed, more and more people are engaging with our content in more ways today, throughout the day."
Mr Eugene Leow, Digital Editor, The Straits Times, said: "We've said before that we wanted the ST to be among the best across platforms. To win 11 awards from the top regional competition of our industry shows what a talented newsroom we have, and more importantly, the high quality of work they produce."
The Asian Digital Media Awards 2015 is jointly presented by World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and Google. It recognises publishers who have adopted digital media and mobile strategies as part of their total product offering to meet the major changes in how people consume news and information in today's dynamic media landscape.
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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.
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.