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Asian news publishers celebrate best digital content

Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post (SCMP) and Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) have dominated the 10th Asian Digital Media Awards, winning more than half the 30 prizes on offer for outstanding digital content and products.

Asian news publishers celebrate best digital content

The prizes, presented by the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), recognise the new organisations which have produced the region’s best and most engaging digital content and offerings. The ten prize categories include the best websites, video, infographics, native advertising and social media content.

The winners were awarded at a ceremony in Hong Kong on Tuesday night as part of the Digital Media Asia conference. Fifteen judges, drawn from the USA and Europe, selected the Gold, Silver and Bronze category prize winners from a total of 151 entries, from 11 countries.

The gold winners become automatically eligible for WAN-IFRA’s World Digital Media Awards, to compete with the other winners from Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and South Asia.

SCMP took home six of the 10 Gold Awards, sharing one with R.AGE of Star Media Group, Malaysia, while SPH won three and PT GVM Networks (Opini.id) was the winner of the award for brand marketing.

BEST NEWS WEBSITE OR MOBILE SERVICE

* Gold: China Tech City by South China Morning Post

* Silver: cna.asia by Mediacorp Pte Ltd

* Bronze: eco-business.com by Eco-Business

BEST IN LIFESTYLE, SPORTS, ENTERTAINMENT WEBSITE OR MOBILE SERVICES

* Gold: China Tech City by South China Morning Post

* Silver: War on waste: The dirty (brown) secret about e-commerce by The Straits Times, Singapore Press Holdings

* Bronze: scmp.com by South China Morning Post

BEST USE OF ONLINE VIDEO (INCLUDING VR)

* Gold: Fighting fentanyl - The drug from China destroying American lives by South China Morning Post

* Silver: Homeless in Hong Kong: Life on a footbridge by South China Morning Post

* Bronze: I sold my Son to ISIS by South China Morning Post

BEST DATA VISUALISATION

* Gold: How Beijing’s Forbidden City became one of the largest world museums by South China Morning Post

* Silver: The race to save the river Ganges by Reuters (Singapore)

* Bronze: Tracking China’s Muslim Gulag by Reuters (Singapore)

BEST PAID CONTENT STRATEGY (INCL. PAY WALL, MEMBERSHIP OR CROWD FUNDING MODELS)

* Gold: A machine learning-enabled personalised experience for audience engagement & subscriptions by The Straits Times, Singapore Press Holdings

* Silver: Kompas.id IP-based News Service for Universities by Kompas Daily Newspaper

* Bronze: SPH News Tablet by Zaobao, Singapore Press Holdings

BEST NATIVE ADVERTISING / BRANDED CONTENT CAMPAIGN

* Gold: Hong Kong Tourism Board - Building Connections by South China Morning Post

* Silver: Qantas - Flying High, Linking Lives by South China Morning Post

* Bronze: Hong Kong Tourism Board - Local Vision: Hong Kong by South China Morning Post

BEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN FOR NEWS BRAND

* Gold: Gedein Opini by PT GVM Networks (Opini.id)

* Silver: Pusuan Ang Totoo by GMA News and Public Affairs

* Bronze: #TolWagTroll by 5 Network

BEST IN SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT

* Gold: Instagram: News Challenge by The Straits Times, Singapore Press Holdings

* Silver: Check In (#CNACheckIn) by Mediacorp Pte Ltd

* Bronze: Where’s Merly? A National Day game challenge for Singaporeans by The Straits Times, Singapore Press Holdings

BEST DIGITAL PROJECT TO ENGAGE YOUNGER AND/OR MILLENNIAL AUDIENCES

* Gold: China Tech City by South China Morning Post

* Gold: The #StandTogether Kindness Chat Bot by R.AGE, Star Media Group

* Silver: ST & BT Podcasts reach younger audiences by Singapore Press Holdings

* Bronze: #MillennialsMemilih by IDN Times

BEST DIGITAL NEWS START-UP

* Gold: Garage by The Business Times by Singapore Press Holdings

* Silver: PUBLISH by PUBLISH, Inc

* Bronze: 1001 Startup Media Online by Kumparan