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SPH is the biggest winner with 5 awards at Asian Digital Media Awards 2020

Singapore, 15 October 2020 --- Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) clinched 5 awards at the Asian Digital Media Awards (ADMA) 2020, presented today by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).  

The Straits Times (ST) and Lianhe Zaobao (ZB) both walked away with two wins, while picked up another win for SPH. This comprises the most number of wins received by an organisation for this year’s edition of the awards.  

The Awards recognisesAsian publishers who have delivered unique and original digital media projects in the last 12 months. A total of 140 entries were received this year.  

"How The Straits Times uncovered a love scammer’s 3-month ruse" by ST scored a Gold for Best in Lifestyle, Sports, Entertainment Website or Mobile Services. Using a fresh and creative approach, the interactive feature exposed the modus operandi of scammers. Through good investigative reporting and clever use of graphic elements, the story alerted readers to common tactics used by con artists. 

Zaobao Rewards Loyalty Programme clinched a Gold in the Best in Audience Engagement category. The programme rewards readers when they read an article, watch a video, or share a piece of content from the website or mobile app. Readers who accumulate enough points can use them to redeem different rewards such as grocery and restaurant vouchers., the China-focused English e-magazine powered by ZB, bagged a Gold in the Best News Website or Mobile Service category. Launched in September 2019, the website publishes original reporting, opinion pieces and columns across a wide spectrum of topics, covering political, economic, socio-cultural and technological developments in China and the Greater China region from the point of view of its extensive network of Chinese-language journalists and writers from Singapore, China and other parts of Asia.   

Another recognition in the Best News Website or Mobile category goes to "70 Years of Waiting", an interactive website designed by ZB to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Korean War. It won a Silver award. The digital feature is replete with visually captivating graphics and photos, an immersive mini exhibition, a bilingual documentary, and print editorial.     

 "You ask, we answer: Questions about a pandemic" won a Silver for Best Project for News Literacy. During the Covid-19 pandemic, many readers turned to ST for information on a wide range of topics - from how long the virus could survive on surfaces to how to make the best of home-based learning. ST's interaction platform, AskST, gave readers an opportunity to send in their questions through email to debunk myths and clarify doubts. Since late January till early May 2020, readers have written in with more than 5,000 questions on Covid-19 and how it has impacted their lives. A 2-page spread on the dos and don’ts of the circuit breaker gathered over 1.2 million online page views.  

Ms Lee Huay Leng, Head, SPH Chinese Media Group, said: "We are proud that ThinkChina has won praises from both readers and judges. Since its inception, ThinkChina has gotten strong interest and support from experts and writers from Asia and the world. Its uniqueness is in how it presents the Asian perspectives of China, especially those who write in the Chinese language through good translations. The success of the Zaobao Rewards Loyalty Programme shows that our efforts in audience engagement has paid off. We will continue to develop and improve our digital products to meet the changing needs of our readers and subscribers."     

Mr Warren Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief of English/ Malay/ Tamil Media Group and Editor of ST, said: “The awards reflect our commitment to keep serving our audiences in new and interesting ways. Amid the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, our newsrooms remain committed to delivering credible content that readers find meaningful and engaging." 


SPH Winners at ADMA 2020

Best in Lifestyle, Sports, Entertainment Website or Mobile Services
How The Straits Times uncovered a love scammer’s 3-month ruse by Singapore Press Holdings, ST (Gold)

Best in Audience Engagement
Zaobao Rewards Loyalty Programme by Singapore Press Holdings, CMG (Gold)

Best News Website or Mobile Service by Singapore Press Holdings, CMG (Gold)

70 Years of Waiting by Singapore Press Holdings, CMG (Silver)

Best Project for News Literacy
You ask, we answer: Questions about a pandemic by Singapore Press Holdings, ST (Silver)

Please see attached list of winners at the ADMA 2020 and photos of SPH winners.


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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia's leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.   

SPH's core business is in the publishing of newspapers, magazines and books in both print and digital editions. It also owns other digital products, online classifieds, radio stations and outdoor media. 

On the property front, SPH owns approximately 65% in SPH REIT whose portfolio comprises three properties in Singapore, namely Paragon, The Clementi Mall and The Rail Mall. In Australia, SPH REIT holds an 85% stake in Figtree Grove Shopping Centre and a 50% stake in Westfield Marion Shopping Centre. 

SPH also owns and operates The Seletar Mall and is developing an integrated development consisting of The Woodleigh Residences and The Woodleigh Mall. It is also an owner, manager and developer of a portfolio of Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in the United Kingdom and Germany. It currently operates two distinctive brands, Student Castle and Capitol Students. 

It is in the aged care sector in Singapore and Japan, and owns Orange Valley, one of Singapore's largest private nursing homes. 

SPH runs a regional events arm. It also invested in the education business. 

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