South China Morning Post wins big at Asian Digital Media Awards

Post recognised for number of online features, taking several gold, silver and bronze awards

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 November, 2017, 9:52pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 November, 2017, 1:17pm

The South China Morning Post was a big winner at this year’s prestigious Asian Digital Media Awards, bagging four golds, two silvers, and a bronze in four categories at a prize ceremony in Singapore on Wednesday.

The Post took gold, silver, and bronze prizes in the data visualisation category, with the top honour going to a comprehensive explainer on five major projects featured in China’s Belt and Road Initiative to open up foreign trade along a new Silk Route.

Infographic feature “The Power of Your Passport”, visualising international relations by showing how easy, or difficult, it is for each country’s citizens to travel abroad won silver; and the bronze went to multimedia graphic “Bolts from the Blue”, illustrating some of Hong Kong’s biggest storms in 2016.

Popular Post magazine This Week in Asia struck gold in the best news website category, while the silver was awarded to the main online platform, scmp.com .

The newspaper’s mobile app was awarded the gold prize in the best news mobile service category, while the HK Racing site also won gold in the best in lifestyle, sports or entertainment website category.

Editor-in-chief Tammy Tam congratulated the winners, holding them up as examples of outstanding talent at the Post.

“We have some of the brightest and best in the business working for us, and we’re thrilled that the world recognises their talent,” she said. “The Post will continue to strive for excellence.”

This Week in Asia editor Zuraidah Ibrahim added: “We are glad our work is making an impact. This will spur us on to keep delivering timely analysis and riveting reads for the region.”

The Asian Digital Media Awards 2017, jointly presented by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN IFRA) and Google, recognises publishers who have adopted digital media and mobile strategies as part of their total product offering to meet major changes in how people consume news and information today.

Post scoops top prize for data visualisation at WAN-IFRA digital publishing awards

Prizes are awarded in 10 categories that also cover social media engagement and innovation to engage young audience.

Representing the Post to receive the awards on stage were executive editor Chow Chung-yan, head of product Malcolm Ong, director of digital product development Ben Abbotts and head of graphics Darren Long.

The presentation was one of the highlights of the WAN-IFRA’s digital media conferences, which have drawn more than 200 senior publishing executives from around the world to explore the latest media trends and digital monetisation strategies.