MLex Asia coverage finalist for two SOPA Award categories

17 May 2017.

MLex reporter Phoebe Seers has been announced as a double finalist for the prestigious Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Awards for her series of articles uncovering the MAXpower bribery scandal in Indonesia.

Ms Seers has been nominated as one of the three finalists in two important award categories: "Excellence in Business Reporting" and "The Scoop Award." SOPA provided the names of three finalists for each of the categories for which it gives awards.

"Phoebe's patience and persistence in breaking this scandal is a great example of investigative reporting,'' said David PLott, MLex's Asia Managing Editor.  "The story is very much alive."

The annual awards of the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) are the region's most prestigious journalism awards and attract hundreds of nominations from news outlets around the world, including the likes of the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and Time magazine, as well as dozens of regional newspapers, magazines and websites. The SOPA Awards, which are now in their 19th consecutive year, are effectively Asia's equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes. They aim to recognize the world's best journalism on Asia.

The final results will be announced at a gala dinner and awards ceremony on June 15 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, at which former Hong Kong Governor (the last under British rule) Chris Patten will deliver the keynote address.

"I'm delighted that MLex succeeded in ranking among the finalists for a SOPA Award in the first year that we submitted nominations -- not only in one category, but in two, and two of the most important," said Robert McLeod, MLex Editor-in-Chief. "It is a testament to the high standards of reporting we provide our subscribers, and it is gratifying that SOPA's panel of distinguished judges chose to recognize that."

MLex Market Insight is a global news service focussed on regulatory risk and is part of the LexisNexis group.  The service has bureaus in 13 cities in 10 countries.

You can read Phoebe's coverage here. You can listed to a podcast from Phoebe speaking about the MaxPower scandal here

Following is some background on the awards from SOPA's website.

"The SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence were established in 1999 as a tribute to editorial excellence in both traditional and new media, and were designed to encourage editorial vitality throughout the region. The awards cover a broad range of categories reflecting Asia's diverse geo-political environment and vibrant editorial scene.

Central to the SOPA Awards' ongoing success is the high caliber of international judges who preside over the award entries. The SOPA Awards have consistently secured judges from many of the region's leading newspapers as well as consumer and trade magazines and academics from prestigious universities – a reflection of the stature of the awards. Judges ensure that entries are analyzed and selected according to a demanding set of criteria.

The SOPA Awards are coordinated by a committee of publishing professionals from the business and editorial sectors. These dedicated individuals volunteer their time throughout the year to ensure the awards' rules, judges, entries; event, sponsorships and promotions all come together smoothly.

The SOPA Awards set a valuable benchmark for the industry, and have become news items in their own right, generating media coverage and attention not only across the Asia-Pacific region, but also on the global arena."

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