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SPH bags 13 awards at Asian Digital Media Awards 2018

Singapore, 8 November 2018 - Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH) received 13 awards at the Asian Digital Media Awards 2018, presented today at the Digital Media Asia 2018 conference at The Mira, Hong Kong.

The Straits Times (ST), SPH’s English-language flagship daily was the biggest winner, walking away with nine accolades in total.

Among its wins was the Silver award for Best News Website or Mobile Service for No One Dies Alone. It traces the last moments of Tay Cheng Tian, 54, a cancer patient who stayed in a hospice for palliative care.

Besides winning the Silver and Bronze awards for Best Reader Revenue Initiative, the publication took home the Gold award for Best in Lifestyle, Sports, Entertainment Website or Mobile Services for Asia’s sacred art, which gave a deeper insight into the sacred sculptures which are on display at Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum. ST also obtained the Bronze award for the Best Digital Marketing Campaign - Memories In Sydney.

For its new initiative, The Straits Times Asia Report, ST bagged the Bronze for Best Digital News Start-up. The ST Asia Report is a weekly newsletter which gives readers highlights of its correspondents’ reports from across the region every week, and is part of ST’s efforts to ramp up its coverage of developments across Asia and globally.

ST also won the Gold and Bronze awards for Best Innovation to Engage Youth Audience with NewsEd: Engaging young readers to learn for tomorrow with the latest news and Budget 2018: Game of $urvival respectively.

ST's total award tally is as follows:

  • Silver for Best News Website or Mobile Service - No one dies alone
  • Gold for Best in Lifestyle, Sports, Entertainment Website or Mobile Services - Asia’s sacred art
  • Bronze for Best Digital Marketing Campaign - Memories In Sydney
  • Silver for Best Reader Revenue Initiative - NewsEd: Learning for tomorrow with the latest news
  • Bronze for Best Reader Revenue Initiative - ST Premium: Best balance between subscription and ad revenue
  • Silver for Best in Social Media Engagement - What’s Good
  • Bronze for Best Digital News Start-up - The Straits Times Asia Report: Independent, insider, insights on Asia
  • Bronze for Best Innovation to Engage Youth Audience - Budget 2018: Game of $urvival
  • Gold for Best Innovation to Engage Youth Audience - NewsEd: Engaging young readers to learn for tomorrow with the latest news

 

For the Best in Social Media Engagement category, Stomp, the citizen-journalism website clinched the Gold award for Stomp fights fake news & gets things done. The entry displays the website’s efforts in debunking fake news. In the same category, ST attained the Silver award for its social media initiative on Facebook, What’s Good. What’s Good is a Facebook group started by the ST social media team which serves as a platform to promote positive journalism and where sharing of kindness and uplifting news items are encouraged.

Mr Warren Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief of SPH’s English/ Malay/ Tamil Media Group and Editor of The Straits Times, said: “This is a big win for our readers. We have been striving to develop premium content that is multimedia and which can be enjoyed across platforms to serve them better. So all of us in the ST newsroom view these awards not just as indication of what we can do, but a reminder of why we do what we do.”

Rounding up its haul is SPH's Chinese Media Group (CMG) for its Bronze in Best in Lifestyle, Sports, Entertainment Website or Mobile Services for Three Bowls of Prawn Noodles: The Evolution of Singapore’s Hawker Culture and the Silver award in Best Innovation to Engage Youth Audience for Six Letters: An Evolving Chinese Singaporean Identity. Both entries, while different in their subject matters, are about evolution. One is about the hawker culture in Singapore and the other is about Chinese culture.

CMG also won a Silver in Best Branded Content Project for Our Precious Water. Through intriguing and informative concepts, "Our Precious Water" changed the perception of how news media run commissioned and sponsored content, by perfectly balancing the principles of journalism, creative content packaging and client’s objectives. The project also showcased the creative solutions and abilities of Chinese Media Group Digital by putting up content formats ranging from interactive timelines, to videos and animations.  

Ms Lee Huay Leng, Head of CMG, said: "These awards are a recognition of our efforts in producing quality content across our digital platforms. It also reflects our own evolution within the Chinese newsroom. This evolution is possible because of the joint effort across various desks in CMG. We look forward to continue engaging our readers and advertisers with quality digital content."

The Asian Digital Media Awards 2018, presented by World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), recognise 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 today. The 23 judges of this year's Asian Digital Awards hail from the USA and Europe, judging 157 entries submitted from 27 media companies from 10 countries.

 

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For more information, please contact:

 

Rebecca Chee

Executive

Corporate Communications & CSR

Singapore Press Holdings Limited

DID: +65 6319 1124

Email: rchee@sph.com.sg

 

Elaine Chrysta Tan

Executive

Corporate Communications & CSR

Singapore Press Holdings Limited

DID: +65 6319 1613

Email: elainect@sph.com.sg

 

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.

SPH's core business is publishing of newspapers, magazines and books in both print and digital editions.  It also owns other digital products, online classifieds, radio stations and outdoor media.

On the property front, SPH owns 70% in a real estate investment trust called SPH REIT which comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road, The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall and The Rail Mall, a stretch of shopping and dining outlets along Upper Bukit Timah Road. SPH also owns and operates The Seletar Mall.  It is developing a new commercial cum residential site at Woodleigh. It also has a stake in Chinatown Point and acquired a portfolio of Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in the United Kingdom.

It is in the aged care sector and owns Orange Valley, Singapore’s largest private nursing home operator.

SPH runs a regional events arm and a chain of Buzz retail outlets.  It also invested in the education business.

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