(26 Aug 2020) The Nikkei Asian Review won four top prizes at the Society of Publishers in Asia Awards for Editorial Excellence, regarded as a benchmark for world-class journalism.
This is the sixth straight year the Tokyo-based business news platform has been recognized with SOPA prizes. The winners were announced Wednesday (26 Aug).
Of the 17 prize categories, the Nikkei Asian Review — which publishes online news as well as a weekly print magazine — won awards for excellence in four and honorable mention in one. This is the most excellence awards the publication has received since its launch.
Nikkei Asian Review staff writers Cheng Ting-Fang and Lauly Li in Taipei won the prize for excellence in the scoop category with their series, “China business connections buckle under U.S. pressure.” The package of three stories, written in collaboration with Coco Liu in Hong Kong and Shunsuke Tabeta in Chongqing, was the first to identify several global electronics makers, including Apple and Microsoft, that were looking to shift substantial production capacity out of China.
“This impressive scoop was way ahead of the competition, led the way in identifying a major trend and was on an important subject,” the judges said.
The publication also won the scoop award last year. Nikkei’s exclusive interview with former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn in January 2019 also won honorable mention in this category. It was reported by Nikkei commentator Atsushi Nakayama, senior staff writer Akito Tanaka and staff writer Yosuke Kurabe. This rare interview took place at a detention house in Tokyo, giving readers Ghosn’s story in his own words, before the auto executive fled Japan for Beirut later that year.
For the full press release, see here.