Post staff receive accolades at SOPA Editorial Awards

Staff earned one award and two ­honourable mentions in this year’s Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Editorial Awards

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 June, 2017, 11:50pm
UPDATED : Friday, 16 June, 2017, 12:28am

The South China Morning Post earned one award and two ­honourable mentions in this year’s Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Editorial Awards.

Bolt from the Blue , a multimedia graphic by designers Marco Hernandez and Dan Bland illustrating some of Hong Kong’s ­biggest storms in 2016 was given the Excellence in Information Graphics award.

Using data from the Hong Kong Observatory and the ­National Severe Storms Laboratory, the graphic mapped out the lightning strikes from two storms in July and August.

The graphic also detailed lightning frequencies with cutting-edge graphics, analysed the storm’s impact on flights in and out of the city and explained the types of lightning ­observed in the city.

Another multimedia series, an explainer on last year’s two-day Group of 20 (G20) summit in Hangzhou, was recognised with an honourable mention in the Excellence in Explanatory Reporting category.

An in-depth study of the Cultural Revolution also caught the judges’ attention, gaining an honourable mention in Excellence in Journalistic Innovation, a new category this year which honours work that made use of emerging digital tools to deliver news ­content in an innovative manner and encouraged audience ­engagement.

Reporters Jun Mai and Oliver Chou led the way in delivering the content and final product was the result of close collaboration among editors, photographers and designers.

The SOPA awards were ­announced at the society’s gala dinner at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai on Thursday night.

Finalists this year were shortlisted from more than 750 English or Chinese-language entries submitted by international, regional and local media across the region.

In a video message, Hong Kong’s last colonial governor Chris Patten talked about the city’s 20th handover anniversary.

“Because Britain has so many obligations to Hong Kong, I do comment from time to time because I want to ensure that Hong Kong remains, as it is today, one of freest cities in Asia, and one of the most successful cities in the world.”

Patten acknowledged the changing media environment around the world, but said newspapers should not resort to “excessively tabloid headlines” just to boost circulation.