HONG KONG, 19 November 2014 –
SCMP.com, its tablet app and two multimedia products from the South China Morning Post, the flagship publication of the SCMP Group Ltd (SEHK: 583), received industry recognition at the coveted WAN-IFRA Asian Digital Media Awards 2014 yesterday.
Four submissions from the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong’s leading English language newspaper, were selected as finalists. After deliberation by a judging panel of industry experts from around the world, the SCMP entries won two Silver and two Bronze awards: Best in Tablet Publishing Silver Award – SCMP Tablet Edition; Best Outstanding New Product Silver Award – Voices from Tiananmen; Best News Website Bronze Award – SCMP.com; and Best Outstanding New Product Bronze Award – SCMP Chronicles.
Close to 160 entries from 51 publishers in 16 Asia-Pacific countries vied for accolades at the Asian Digital Media Awards this year. Organised by WAN-IFRA, the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers, the Awards recognises publishing excellence in applying digital media to meet major changes triggered by how news and information is consumed. The Awards is in its fifth year.
“News consumption has long steered towards an era in which users increasingly lean towards digital platforms. Users are also expecting a media experience that speaks beyond plain words and photos,” said Mr. Wang Xiangwei, SCMP Editor-in-Chief. “We are proud of our Editorial and Digital teams’ full grasp of the nuanced demand in presenting news digitally and their adeptness in shaping and packaging news content through digital tools.”
The four Awards winners all exhibit SCMP’s editorial and digital strength. The Silver Award winner “Voices from Tiananmen” is an immersive long-form feature available in a dedicated micro-site (http://multimedia.scmp.com/tiananmen/) and iPad native app. Filled with rare photos, infographics and well-researched stories, the feature marks the 25th anniversary of the 1989 military crackdown in Beijing. It was a collaborative project led by the SCMP and the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong, and assisted by ChinaFile, an online magazine published by the Asia Society. “SCMP Chronicles” is an ongoing series of immersive features, available on web, optimised mobile and native iPad app, with long-form articles, video interviews and interactive infographics. Home of SCMP’s award-winning news stories, SCMP.com underwent a complete overhaul in design, functionality, content and build in 2012, with design support from world renowned newspaper design veteran, Mario Garcia. The tablet app is an HTML5-powered platform accessible for both iOS and Android platforms, which brings to readers an immersive image-driven tablet experience.
In previous WAN-IFRA Asian Digital Media Awards, SCMP won a number of awards including Best in Online Infographics Gold Award with “Kowloon Walled City – Life in the City of Darkness” in 2013, and three Gold Awards in 2012.
The Asian Digital Media Awards is organised by WAN-IFRA. With offices in Paris, France, and Frankfurt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India and Latin America, WAN-IFRA is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. Its core mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism, editorial integrity and the development of sustainable media businesses.
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About SCMP Group Ltd and South China Morning Post
SCMP Group Limited (SEHK: 583) is a leading newspaper and magazine publisher in Asia. Its flagship publication, South China Morning Post, is Hong Kong’s internationally recognised English language newspaper and has the city’s most affluent and influential readership.
First published in 1903, the newspaper has developed an enviable reputation for authoritative, influential and independent reporting on Hong Kong, China and the rest of Asia. Available in print, mobile, tablets and online through scmp.com and e-reader editions, South China Morning Post reaches a global audience with daily breaking news, analysis and opinion, multimedia articles and interactive forums. The South China Morning Post received over 160 awards in 2013-14 for excellence in editorial, marketing and technical capabilities. Other titles in the Group include the Sunday Morning Post, Nanzao.com (南早.com), Nanzaozhinan.com (南早香港指南.com), STYLE, Destination Macau, The PEAK, HK Magazine, The List, Where Hong Kong, and Where Chinese玩儿.
Through the joint venture partnership with Hearst, SCMP Hearst publishes the Chinese editions of Cosmopolitan, CosmoBride, Harper’s BAZAAR, Harper’s BAZAAR Art, Harper’s BAZAAR Bride, Esquire, ELLE, ELLE Men, ELLE Wedding, ELLE Décoration, and ELLE Accessories; and operates Cosmopolitan.com.hk, Cosmogirl.com.hk, Harpersbazaar.com.hk, ELLE.com.hk and EsquireHK.com in Hong Kong.
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