South China Morning Post Scoops Top Journalism Awards for China Reporting

South China Morning Post Scoops Top Journalism Awards for China Reporting 
HONG KONG -- (Marketwired) -- 06/07/13 --  The South China Morning
Post picked up a total of 11 editorial awards including four top
prizes and seven honourable mentions in this year's Society of
Publishers in Asia Editorial Awards, which were presented at a gala
dinner at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on June 6. 
An ensemble team from the SCMP won one of SOPA's most prestigious
prizes, the Scoop award, for a groundbreaking series of articles last
year on China's 18th Party Congress leadership transition. Among the
articles was an exclusive report on the line-up of the seven men who
would form the elite Politburo Standing Committee -- a story which
was published before the secretive Congress even opened. Another
included a scoop on a Ferrari car crash in March last year and the
cover-up of a scandal involving then-President Hu Jintao's top aide
Ling Jihua, which led to his political demise. 
Two China environmental issue stories penned by reporter Shi Jiangtao
inspired the judges to present the award of Excellence, one for the
article "Sold down the river" in the Feature Writing category and
another for Shi's two-part series "Toxic", which probed one of the
worst mainland cadmium contamination incidents in decades, which
picked up the award in the Reporting on the Environment category. 
Simon Scarr's information graphic on the breakdown of electricity
consumption in brightly-lit and air-conditioned Hong Kong won another
well deserved award of Excellence. Scarr also won an honourable
mention in the same category with "Arteries of the city". 
Further China reports that caught the judges' eye included one from
reporters Denise Tsang and Charlotte So, from the business team.
Their three-part series "Dongguan, deserted boom town" secured an
honourable mention in the Business Reporting category. Verna Yu and
Teddy Ng, both from the national desk, won an honourable mention in
the category of Reporting Breaking News with their series "Escape
from China", which covered the daring escape to New York of blind
legal activist Chen Guangcheng from 19 months of house arrest in a
remote village in eastern China. Fiona Tam also won an honourable
mention in the Human Rights Reporting category for "Maimed in China". 
Reporter Lana Lam secured an honourable mention in the same category
for her "Libyan rendition" series, and Post Magazine art director Lee
Wing-yam won an honourable mention in the category of Magazine Design
with "Breaking in", for a cover story on the mainland blogosphere
published in November. 
Cartoonist Harry Harrison won an honourable mention with "The
Handover", a stunningly detailed celebration of the 15th anniversary
of the handover of Hong Kong to Chinese rule in 1997. 
South China Morning Post's Managing Editor remarked, "Our reporters
have worked hard to produce some of our best stories ever. Receiving
recognition for our excellent China reporting from such an esteemed
panel of judges is a great reward for our team. Being situated in
this corner of China, it's also proof we are succeeding in our
mission to provide readers all over the world with the best China
coverage". 
The SOPA 2013 Awards for Editorial Excellence celebrates its 15th
year this year, and are open to English and Chinese language papers
across Asia. This year's awards attracted a record 653 entries from
regional and local print and digital publications as well as news
agencies from as far afield as Phnom Penh. 
The full list of winners: 
Excellence in Reporting Breaking News
 Honorable mention: South China
Morning Post, Escape from China. 
 By Teddy Ng and Verna Yu 
Excellence in Business Reporting
 Honorable mention: South China
Morning Post, Dongguan, Dongguan, Deserted Boom Town. 
 By Denise
Tsang and Charlotte So 
Excellence in Human Rights Reporting
 Honorable mention: South China
Morning Post, Maimed in China. 
 By Fiona Tam 
Excellence in Reporting on the Environment
 Winner: South China
Morning Post, Toxic. 
 By Shi Jiangtao 
Excellence in Feature Writing
 Winner: South China Morning Post, Sold
Down The River. 
 By Shi Jiangtao 
Excellence in Editorial Cartooning
 Honorable mention: South China
Morning Post, The Handover. 
 By Harry Harrison 
Excellence in Information Graphics
 Winner: South China Morning Post,
Wiring the City. 
 By Simon Scarr 
 Honorable mention: South China
Morning Post, Arteries of the City. 
 By Simon Scarr 
The Scoop Award
 Winner: South China Morning Post, 18th Party
Congress. 
 Staff reporters
 Honorable mention: South China Morning
Post, Libyan Rendition. 
 By Lana Lam 
Excellence in Magazine Design
 Honorable mention: South China Morning
Post, Breaking In. 
 By Lee Wing Yam 
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