Alums win big at the SOPA awards

L-R: Annie Zhang, Professor Ying Chan and LP Yau

L-R: Annie Zhang, Professor Ying Chan and LP Yau

Journalism and Media Studies alum Annie Zhang Jieping (Master of Journalism 2006) won big at the Society of Publishers in Asia Awards for Editorial Excellence ceremony in Hong Kong on June 4.

Zhang won the awards for her work at the Hong Kong-based Yazhou Zhoukan (Asia Weekly) magazine.

She was part of a three-member team that won first place for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment for a report that judges said was “provocative” and presented “comprehensive coverage on the inter-connectivity of environment, economy and politics.”

She also was a co-winner for second place for The Scoop Award for the magazine’s exclusive report last fall on negotiations between envoys of the Dalai Lama and Beijing officials.

This was not the first time Zhang’s work has been recognized by SOPA.  Last year, SOPA awarded Zhang its Excellence in Opinion Writing prize. Her investigative report for Yazhou Zhoukan into academic corruption in China, entitled “Academic corruption: prevent it from shaking this country”, was described as a “powerful indictment of the darker side of Chinese academia.”
While JMSC faculty featured prominently at this year’s SOPA awards serving, for example, as chief of judges (David Plott) and master of ceremonies (Jim Laurie), several MJ alums served as SOPA judges. They included: Vivian Kwok (MJ 2006), news editor, forbes.com; Ng Tze Wei (MJ 2004), a reporter for the South China Morning Post, and Simon Song (MJ 2003), assistant photo editor at SCMP.

Celebrating its 10th year in Asia, the SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence received a record 629 entries from publishers across Asia Pacific this year. Awards were presented to 96 winners in 17 categories. Click here for a full list of winners. (www.sopaasia.com)