South China Morning Post receives 11 honours at the SOPA Awards 2012

Hong Kong, June 11, 2012South China Morning Post last night reaffirmed its legacy of editorial excellence with the winning of five top prizes and six honourable mentions at the Society of Publishers in Asia Editorial Awards 2012.

South China Morning Post dominated in the breaking news category with two wins; top prize went to Shi Jiangtao and Will Clem for their insightful report on the Wenzhou rail disaster and runner up prize went to Clifford Lo, Simpson Cheung, Jennifer Ngo, Lo Wei, Amy Nip, Olga Wong and Yvonne Liu on their ensemble reporting on the Mongkok fire tragedy.

Shi Jiangtao also won top honours in Environmental Reporting for his report with Paul Mooney on Heavy Metals, an expose on the devastating impact of heavy metal mining in China. Simon Scarr, already a multiple award winner for his infographics in the South China Morning Post, chalked up another accolade at the SOPA Awards with his “7 Billion Who Shape The World” work.

SCMP long-time cartoonist Harry Harrison earned top Editorial Cartooning recognition for his Beijing Spring series, and Denise Tsang, Senior Business Reporter, won the Business Reporting award of excellence for her reports on “The Cost of Making it in Guangdong”.

Further honourable mentions went to Neil Gough, for “Family Turmoil at the House of Ho” in the Scoop Award category and Cheung Chi Fai for “Secret Village Land Deals” in the Investigative Reporting category. “90 Years of Communism in China” gave Alex Nicoll, Stephen Case, Simon Scarr and Joe Lo an honourable mention for best Multimedia News Presentation, and Catherine Tai, Post Magazine’s art director received a mention for her magazine design for the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Jennifer Huang also earned a mention in the lifestyle coverage category for her article about lead contaminated ceramics, “Poisoned chalices”.

The Society of Publishers in Asia is a non-profit regional body incorporated in Hong Kong in 1982. Its board and awards sub-committee comprise editors, executives and academics in the field of publishing and journalism across Asia, and entries for the Awards span regional editions of the top name international newspapers, news agency services plus local and regional titles. Over the past few years, South China Morning Post has consistently ranked amongst the highest in number of accolades received by a single publication in the SOPA Awards, reinforcing its position as one of the most respected newspapers for editorial excellence in the region.


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