SPH publications win 5 awards at Asian Media Awards 2016

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has won five awards for outstanding design for newspaper and magazine, photojournalism and community service at the Asian Media Awards 2016.

The awards were presented at the Publish Asia 2016 Gala Dinner by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) in Manila, The Philippines.

The Straits Times (ST), clinched Gold for Best in Design (Newspaper Overall Design) for its launch issue of the redesigned paper.

To mark its 170th anniversary last year, the editorial team gave the products - print, website, mobile and tablet - a major revamp. The content is now drawn from a 400-strong, fully integrated multi-media newsroom, which includes experienced correspondents in Singapore as well as around Asia and the world.

The paper was also awarded silver for Lim Sin Thai's Para Games coverage under sports photography, and bronze for Alphonsus Chern's 'Black Knight', which featured the official aerobatics team of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF).

Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao also won a silver in the category of best in community service for the project 'Reading Newspapers With The Elderly' (陪你看报纸).

Since August 2014, Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao have been helping the elderly to connect with society through the reading of newspapers with editors and reporters, and using newspaper cuttings, photographs and slides to increase their understanding of current affairs.

More than 100 volunteers from the two Chinese language newspapers read to the elderly at three locations for an hour every week. In 2015, the papers also organised eight special talks based on issues that are relevant to the elderly, such as enacting a will and Lasting Power of Attorney, managing personal finances after retirement and monetising home assets etc.

Mr Goh Sin Teck, Editor of Lianhe Zaobao, said: "Lianhe Zaobao, together with Lianhe Wanbao, is proud that such a meaningful community service activity is gaining popularity in Singapore, with thousands of seniors benefitting over a short span of two years. We are pleased to collaborate with new partners and look forward to even more engaging sessions."

The Peak Selections: Gourmet & Travel, a publication of The Peak magazine, also won a bronze for best in magazine overall design for its issue number 15.

The Asian Media Awards, presented by WAN-IFRA, saw 462 entries from all over Asia and the Middle East competing for excellence in printing quality, design, infographics, photography , editorial content, newspaper marketing and community service.