Singapore, 12 June 2009 – Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) bagged five awards conferred by the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong yesterday night.
The New Paper clinched a top award and an honourable mention (second prize) in its respective categories while The Straits Times received two honourable mentions. SPH Magazines' Female also received an honourable mention for its category.
The New Paper bagged the top honour for Excellence in Reporting Breaking News for its coverage of the white tiger attack at Singapore Zoo in November 2008. It also won an honourable mention for Excellence in Information Graphics for its artwork for a major Philippines ferry disaster in June last year.
Mr Ivan Fernandez, Editor of The New Paper, said: “We are heartened that our breaking news package and infographics impressed a regional panel of experts. News and visuals are a big part of the appeal of TNP, along with sports and entertainment. Our news and graphics teams deserve regional recognition for having worked tirelessly to offer compelling angles of the two big news stories cited.”
The Straits Times (ST) received honourable mentions for Excellence in Reporting Breaking News and Excellence in Business Reporting. ST’s Malaysia team won for its coverage of Malaysia’s general election in March 2008, while its Money section story about how the Lehman minibonds saga affected large numbers of retirees published in October last year won the business reporting prize.
Straits Times Editor Mr Han Fook Kwang said: “We're delighted at winning the SOPA awards for the sixth year running. It shows that the quality journalism practised by The Straits Times journalists, in Singapore and in our overseas bureaus, is up there with the best in the region.”
Female magazine, published by SPH Magazines Pte Ltd (SPH Magazines), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SPH, received honourable mention for Excellence in Magazine Design.
Mr Loh Yew Seng, CEO of SPH Magazines, said: “Female was refreshed last year to present a more fashionable and sophisticated look. Winning SOPA’s Excellence for Magazine Design is a delightful birthday present for Female as the magazine celebrates its 35th year in print.”
The Society of Publishers in Asia Awards for Editorial Excellence, established since 1999, aims to honour editorial excellence in both traditional and new media and encourage editorial vitality in Asia. At the award presentation ceremony, 89 winners across 17 categories were honoured. The competition received 547 entries this year.
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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.
Newspapers and Magazines
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 2.9 million individuals or 79 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.
Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 150 million pageviews with 9 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine, rednano.sg; Stomp (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging; omy, a bilingual news and interactive portal and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video-on-demand clips.
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM in English.
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company.
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.
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