Four SPH journalists bag Sias awards

SPH journalists (from left) Shen Yue, Cai Haoxiang, Rachael Boon and Anita Gabriel swept most of the financial reporting awards last night.
SPH journalists (from left) Shen Yue, Cai Haoxiang, Rachael Boon and Anita Gabriel swept most of the financial reporting awards last night.ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

Four Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) journalists swept most of the financial reporting awards at an annual event recognising the cream of financial journalism in the past year.

Ms Rachael Boon, who writes for The Straits Times Business Desk and The Sunday Times Invest, was one of two winners from SPH of the Investor Education Journalist of the Year award. The award recognises journalists for educating the investing community and demonstrating "sound knowledge of the investment principles and the instruments discussed" in their articles.

"I'll always be on the retail investors' side, championing their rights, and am excited to join the league of journalists who are committed to doing the same," said Ms Boon, 28.

The Straits Times business editor Lee Su Shyan said: "Rachael Boon has taken the well-read Me & My Money column and made it her own, with her interesting and sometimes quirky profiles on how individuals manage their finances.

"She has a strong interest in personal finance and has focused on doing more on investor education for our younger readers."

Business Times correspondent Cai Haoxiang was a key winner at the Sias Investors' Choice Awards presentation ceremony last night at the Stamford Ballroom at the Raffles City Convention Centre. Sias is the Securities Investors Association (Singapore).

He picked up the Financial Journalist of the Year award, which recognises journalists for making "contributions that had made a substantial impact on the investing community" and for providing insights to investors. "I want to ensure the ordinary person can understand this world of business and finance, which can seem very complicated," said Mr Cai, 31.

The two other SPH journalists who received awards were Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao's Ms Shen Yue, the second winner of the Investor Education Journalist of the Year award, and The Business Times' Ms Anita Gabriel, who won the Financial Story of the Year award. Ms Gabriel's article highlighted that a massive system failure at the Singapore Exchange stemmed from a data centre at Keppel Digihub.

Channel NewsAsia's Ms Nicole Tan Shu Yin won the Most Promising Journalist award .

SPH chief executive officer Alan Chan said in a statement: "I am pleased that SPH journalists are recognised for their editorial achievements. Their passion and dedication to their profession are truly commendable."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 17, 2015, with the headline 'Four SPH journalists bag Sias awards'. Print Edition | Subscribe