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SOPA 2017 Journalism Awards Attract Record Number of Entries












HONG KONG, CHINA - April 18, 2017 - The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), a Hong Kong-based not-for-profit organization, today announced that it has received more than 750 entries in English and Chinese for the SOPA 2017 Awards for Editorial Excellence, a record number for the third consecutive year.


SOPA also announced that the keynote speaker at the SOPA Awards Gala Dinner will be Chris Patten, Hong Kong's last colonial governor, who will be speaking to the gathering by video from London. In an exclusive address just two weeks before the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong handover, Mr. Patten will talk about his views on the future of Hong Kong and the current worldwide backlash against globalization.  


The awards, widely considered the most prestigious in the Asia Pacific publishing industry and a world-class benchmark of journalistic best practice, are now in their 19th year. This year's awards include two new categories -- Excellence in Journalistic Innovation and Excellence in Video Reporting -- to better represent the region's evolving media landscape and growing use of digital tools and short-form videos.


The award finalists will be announced in May 2017, with the winners named at the SOPA Awards Gala Dinner, which will take place on June 15 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. 


Tickets for the dinner are now available at For corporate tables of 12 seats, bookings should be made through the SOPA Secretariat (contact information below).


"The record number of entries once again shows how media value SOPA as a platform for both large and small publications to showcase their best work," said Ms. S.K. Witcher, Deputy Asia Editor, The New York Times, and Chair of the SOPA Editorial Committee. "I am delighted to see an overall increase in submissions from Chinese-language media outlets, underlining a trend in recent years."


For the 2017 Awards there are 17 categories from Excellence in Business Reporting and Excellence in Feature Writing to Excellence in Photography and Journalist of the Year.


The judging panel, appointed by the Journalism & Media Studies Centre of the University of Hong Kong, which is the Awards Administrator for the 7th consecutive year, comprises more than 100 media professionals from some of the region's most influential publications, along with academics from a number of Asia's leading journalism schools. The panel is led by Jeffrey Timmermans, Associate Professor, Journalism & Media Studies Centre, the University of Hong Kong.


The SOPA 2017 Awards for Editorial Excellence are supported by Invest Hong Kong (Platinum Sponsor), Google and Facebook (both are Gold Sponsors). FleishmanHillard, Media OutReach and High Technology Printing Group Limited provide SOPA with support respectively on public relations, newswire and printing services.


"SOPA's mission to promote excellence in journalism, along with a strong, vibrant and independent media, dovetails with what Hong Kong stands for," said Edith Wong, Chief Marketing Officer at Invest Hong Kong. "A dynamic media that sheds light on the important social, business and public affairs developments and issues is vital for business. We see that in Hong Kong and this is why so many people want to come and work here."


Irene Jay Liu, APAC Lead of Google News Lab, said:  "Journalism is the cornerstone of a well-informed society, and Google is honored to once again celebrate rigorous reporting and innovative storytelling across Asia through our support of the SOPA Awards."


George Chen, Facebook's Head of Public Policy of Hong Kong and Taiwan, commented: "Facebook is a new kind of platform and we want to do our part to enable people to have meaningful conversations, to be informed and to be connected to each other. We are proud to support SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence to celebrate the best players in the media industry. At a time when we see strong desire by the public for quality content, Facebook will continue to work with SOPA to drive news literacy for the public and develop digital media transformation for publishers."


About SOPA

The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) was founded in 1982 to champion freedom of the press, promote excellence in journalism and endorse best practices for all local and regional publishing platforms in Asia Pacific.  SOPA is a not-for-profit organization based in Hong Kong and representing international, regional and local media companies across the region. The Society of Publishers in Asia is also host to the prestigious annual SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence which serves as the world-class benchmark for quality journalism in Asia   

MPAS Executive Committee announces 2017 AGM date

SINGAPORE, 24th March 2017 - Media Publishers Association Singapore 2017 Annual General Meeting date set for Monday, 3rd April at Grand Hyatt.

The MPAS Executive Committtee, led by its President, Mr. Olivier Burlot, this week announces that the association's Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, 3rd April '17. The Grand Hyatt will be the host venue for the AGM.

All members of MPAS are invited to attend the AGM, which will commence at 6pm with refreshments and light bites. The AGM proceedings will formally commence at 7pm. Members who wish to renew their membership may do so at the event. 

For RSVP and membership enquiries, do contact the MPAS Executive Director, Nicholas Tan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Heart Media CEO Olivier Burlot elected president of the Media Publishers Association Singapore

Olivier Burlot SINGAPORE, APRIL 1st, 2016: The Media Publishers Association Singapore (MPAS), now in its 10th Anniversary year, is delighted to announce that the Annual General Meeting was concluded successfully yesterday, March 31st 2016, at Singapore’s historic Ee Hoe Hean Club. Mr Olivier Burlot, CEO of Heart Media, publishers of Men’s Folio, WOW (World of Watches), L'Officiel, Art Republik and Palace magazines, was elected president.

”With a 20 year experience of Asia and of the publishing world, it is for me a great honour to have been elected as the head of MPAS,’ said Mr Burlot. ‘The Association is more than ever needed to gather all energies in the media world to face some highly disruptive challenges. I will ensure that, together with the members of the Executive Committee and Executive Director, we bring MPAS to greater heights and provide tangible benefits to its members.”

Mr John Thet, publisher of Asian Geographic Magazines, publishers of ASIAN Geographic, Passport and Junior magazines, was elected Vice President. Mr Alex Cano, publisher of Russian Singapore magazine, was reelected as Honorary Secretary. Ms Rebecca Bisset, publisher of Expat Living’s stable of magazines was elected Honorary Treasurer.

Newly elected Executive Committee (EXCO) members are Mr Timothy Charlton, publisher of Singapore Business Review, Healthcare Asia, Banking and Finance and Asian Power magazines; Mr Michael Choo, publisher of; Mr Eugene Lim, publisher of Wine & Dine magazine; Founding MPAS president Ho Sum Kwong, group publisher of Epicure, Hooked, Pets and Bites magazines.

The MPAS AGM was observed by Adrian Chue and Jovie Tan from the Media Development Authority.

The new officers and EXCO will all be working with Executive Director, Alexander Knight, to make MPAS’ 10th year memorable, as well as continuing to build on and create a vibrant community for Singapore’s media.

About MPAS

The Media Publishers Association Singapore was founded in 2006 as the Magazine Publishers Association Singapore to create a community for the various publishers in Singapore. The name was updated to reflect the changes in the industry and MPAS continues to thrive as it moves into it’s 10th anniversary year. For information on becoming a member or further information on the association please contact Alexander Knight at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Transforming the Magazines Industry: The SPH Magazines’ Journey

The print industry is battling a headwind of digital disruption. And like any industry amid turbulence, magazine publishers need to dig deep for the courage to transform—not just to ensure survival, but more importantly, to advance resilience.

This was the essence of the speech by our Editor-in-Chief of English and Malay Newspapers earlier this year when he spoke about transforming the media business in the digital age. The words were not verbatim—this author admits to be seduced by Christensen’s idea of disruptive innovation—but the call for transformation was unmistakable in its urgency. The publishing business needs to accurately identify its core strengths and relative advantages, to quickly formulate responses in this volatile media climate.

New era for MPAS heralded - EXCO appoints new ED and puts focus back on members

SINGAPORE — After a jubilant Executive Committees (EXCO) meeting of the Media Publishers Association of Singapore (MPAS) held on 28 July 2015. President John Thet, Vice-President Russell Channon, Treasurer Katie Peace and Secretary Alex Cano are pleased to announce that Alexander Knight was appointed Executive Director.

The MPAS EXCO and ED will now focus on making sure that the members are put first and foremost in preparation for taking MPAS into its second decade. A bumper programme is being lined up for the rest of 2015 and into 2016 - the 10th anniversary year of the founding of the association in 2006. 

A substantial membership drive will be undertaken, a monthly newsletter will be sent to the industry, regular MPAS social gatherings will resume, a new awards programme will be implemented – that will include all media publishers - and a winter conference is being planned.

President John Thet said: 'Today is a great day for Singapore media in general. With an energised EXCO and newly appointed ED, we can reach heights now previously only imagined.'

‘We’re delighted to have Alexander Knight on board as ED - he was Vice-President of our association and has held various EXCO positions over the years. Alexander knows the association inside out and is looking forward to reinvigorating it.’

About Media Publishers Association Singapore (MPAS)

Established in 2006, the Media Publishers Association Singapore (MPAS) is a non-profit trade association that represents the leading B2B, specialist B2C, custom and digital publishers in Singapore.

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