7 wins for The Straits Times at Asian Digital Media Awards: Here's a look at the winning works

SINGAPORE - The Straits Times clinched a total of seven awards at this year's Asian Digital Media Awards. 

They included golds for Best News Website and Best Data Visualisation Project as well as silvers for Best Lifestyle Website and Best in Tablet Publishing. 

Organised jointly by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (Wan-Ifra) and Google, the seventh edition of the annual awards attracted 116 entries from 11 countries. 

Here's a look at The Straits Times' winning entries. 

1. Best News Website (Gold and Silver)

a. Fleeing To Survive (Gold)

For an in-depth look at the migrant crisis gripping South-east Asia and Europe, The Straits Times' Foreign Desk took the lead with this special report that traces the migrants' treacherous paths as they flee their homes in search of a better life. 

It also examines the destination countries that grapple with the influx at their borders. 

b. www.straitstimes.com (Silver)

Having undergone a major revamp in July last year to mark The Straits Times' 170th anniversary, the paper's online portal constantly sees improvements and reader-centric enhancements. 

These include the widening of its desktop site to take advantage of modern displays, social listening widgets to capture conversations around hot topics and dynamic image carousels for a more visual and engaging experience. 

Its suite of mobile apps have also seen iterative improvement as an ongoing response to reader feedback. 

2. Best New Product (Bronze)

askST

From personal finance and education to entertainment and health matters, readers can tap the paper's pool of experienced correspondents and their contacts for information on a wide range of topics via this cross-media engagement programme launched in January this year. 

They can get answers to their burning questions in a variety of ways: through explainers on The Straits Times' website, by e-mailing their questions, via regular webchats, and during events and forums the newspaper organises.

3. Best Data Visualisation Project (Gold and Silver)

a. Animals Crossing (Gold)

Combining the seamless use of interactive elements with solid reporting, this multimedia long-form story package provides readers with an exclusive insight into the Eco-Link@BKE, South-east Asia's first bridge reserved solely for animals to cross safely between two forests. 

It incorporates videos, Google Streetview, a 3-D deconstruction of the eco-link and even audio clips of animal calls and traffic noise from the Bukit Timah Expressway. 

b. The Day The Mountain Shook (Silver)

A deadly earthquake struck Mount Kinabalu on June 5 last year, claiming the lives of a Singaporean adventure guide and seven pupils and two teachers from Tanjong Katong Primary School, who were climbing the mountain during a school trip. 

One month after the tragedy, this poignant online special recounted the events on that sad day and looked at how the families of the victims were coping. 

4. Best Lifestyle Website (Silver)

A Gallery Of Old And New

Experimenting with the use of interactive 360-degree panoramas for the first time, The Straits Times produced this special microsite to coincide with the opening of the National Gallery Singapore on Nov 24 last year. 

It kicks off with a visually arresting 3-D fly-by that shows where the gallery is located in relation to other familiar buildings in Singapore's civic district, before taking readers on a floor-by-floor virtual tour of the various halls and rooms. 

The site also weaves in a timeline and archival photos of the history behind the old Supreme Court and City Hall

5. Best in Tablet Publishing (Silver)

A Gallery Of Old And New

As the microsite is Web-responsive, it scales down gracefully for smaller screen with an added feature: The interactive panoramas respond to how readers hold their devices. 

Working with the gyro sensors in most tablets, this feature makes the virtual tour even more immersive and fun to explore for tablet users.