ST wins big at Asian Media Awards

From left: SPH deputy chief executive officer Patrick Daniel, ST news editor Marc Lim and ST night editor Paul Cheong with the paper's haul of seven awards at the Asian Media Awards in Kuala Lumpur last night.
From left: SPH deputy chief executive officer Patrick Daniel, ST news editor Marc Lim and ST night editor Paul Cheong with the paper's haul of seven awards at the Asian Media Awards in Kuala Lumpur last night.ST PHOTO: SHANNON TEOH
ST's coverage of Indonesia's first major attack in seven years was deemed best newspaper breaking news article.
ST's coverage of Indonesia's first major attack in seven years was deemed best newspaper breaking news article.
ST won a gold for its front page design capturing Joseph Schooling's historic win at the Rio Olympics last year.
ST won a gold for its front page design capturing Joseph Schooling's historic win at the Rio Olympics last year.
ST's series of articles on industry disruptors in Singapore's context snagged the newspaper a bronze for newspaper feature article. The Fast Forward series has been published as a book, Disruption: What Lies Ahead, by the Straits Times Press.
ST's series of articles on industry disruptors in Singapore's context snagged the newspaper a bronze for newspaper feature article. The Fast Forward series has been published as a book, Disruption: What Lies Ahead, by the Straits Times Press.
ST's series of articles on industry disruptors in Singapore's context snagged the newspaper a bronze for newspaper feature article. The Fast Forward series has been published as a book, Disruption: What Lies Ahead, by the Straits Times Press.
ST's series of articles on industry disruptors in Singapore's context snagged the newspaper a bronze for newspaper feature article. The Fast Forward series has been published as a book, Disruption: What Lies Ahead, by the Straits Times Press.

It picks up 7 prizes - the most at the awards that drew some 400 entries from over 50 media firms

The Straits Times' Indonesian bureau chief Francis Chan was among the first journalists on the scene in downtown Jakarta as four Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists struck in January last year.

Mr Chan and his colleagues' comprehensive coverage of Indonesia's first major attack in seven years was one of two big news events last year that earned ST accolades at this year's Asian Media Awards.

ST, which is the flagship title of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), picked up the most awards at yesterday's event in Kuala Lumpur with seven in all, including golds for breaking news article, newspaper overall design and front page design.

The awards, organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (Wan-Ifra), drew over 400 entries from more than 50 media companies across Asia, including newspapers such as Hong Kong's South China Morning Post and Malaysia's New Straits Times.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was guest of honour at the gala dinner at Le Meridien Hotel, where he condemned fake news and reiterated the theme of the three-day Publish Asia conference: Strengthening Print in the Digital Era.

  • Gold winners

  • BEST NEWSPAPER BREAKING NEWS ARTICLE

    The Straits Times - ISIS Behind Deadly Jakarta Attack by Singapore Press Holdings

    BEST NEWSPAPER FEATURE ARTICLE

    R.AGE - Predator In My Phone by Star Media Group

    BEST NEWSPAPER OVERALL DESIGN

    The Straits Times/The Sunday Times by Singapore Press Holdings

    BEST NEWSPAPER FRONT PAGE DESIGN

    The Straits Times/The Sunday Times by Singapore Press Holdings

    BEST NEWSPAPER INFOGRAPHICS

    Bolts From The Blue by South China Morning Post Publishers

    BEST NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY

    Bull By The Horns by Malayala Manorama Company

    BEST FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

    Savior To Street Oldies by Philippine Daily Inquirer

Mr Warren Fernandez, ST editor and editor-in-chief of SPH's English/Malay/Tamil Media Group, said: "We are very honoured by these awards from a world association of our peers in the journalistic field.

"They are recognition of our efforts to deliver quality journalism even as we transform our newsrooms in response to the digital disruption in our industry. Our aim is to meet our readers' needs for the latest news presented in new ways that they value and enjoy."

Another momentous event last year was local swimmer Joseph Schooling's record-setting win at the Rio Olympics, which marked Singapore's first Olympic gold.

ST earned its own gold for newspaper front page design for capturing the historic win with a picture of Schooling's moment of victory splashed across the page accompanied by the eye-grabbing headline: "GOLD".

Night editor Paul Cheong, who designed the cover, said: "It was a big night and the excellent team in the newsroom pulled out all the stops to get the news out to readers and explain its impact in an arresting and visual way."

The paper, which was redesigned in 2015, also won gold for overall design.

A series of stories on industry disruptors in Singapore's context also snagged ST a bronze for newspaper feature article. The team of reporters, artists and designers broke down complex issues such as what the rise of robots means for a labour-abundant country like China and a labour-scarce one like Singapore, and turned them into simple and engaging reads. The Fast Forward series has been published as a book, Disruption: What Lies Ahead, by Straits Times Press and is available at leading bookstores.

ST's executive infographics journalist Tien Chung Ping, deputy art editor Michael Macaisa Dizon and reporter Audrey Tan clinched bronze for newspaper infographics with their collaboration on the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore's plans to expand the Republic's container-handling capacity, starting with the $3.5 billion expansion of the Pasir Panjang Terminal.

Executive photojournalists Kua Chee Siong and Ong Wee Jin won silver and bronze respectively in the feature photography category.

SPH won a total of eight awards at the ceremony, including gold in magazine overall design for The Peak Selections: Gourmet and Travel, a publication of The Peak by SPH Magazines.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2017, with the headline 'ST wins big at Asian Media Awards'. Print Edition | Subscribe