ABS-CBN a finalist for plum Asia journalism prize

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 17 2018 11:25 AM | Updated as of May 19 2018 01:13 AM

MANILA - ABS-CBN News Digital has been named a finalist for 2 categories at the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Awards, which honor editorial excellence in both traditional and new media in the region.

ABS-CBN News Digital's "Buhay pa kami': Dispatches from Marawi," penned by Jeff Canoy, is a finalist for Excellence in Explanatory Reporting.

Published on the ABS-CBN News Digital website in July 2017, the special report, which features photos from Canoy and Val Cuenca, looks into how Muslims, Christians, and ordinary civilians survived the 5-month siege of Marawi City by Islamic State sympathizers.

ABS-CBN News Digital website's "Healing the wounds from the drug war," meanwhile, is a finalist for Excellence in Feature Writing.

Written and shot by Fernando Sepe, the feature taps into the sorrow of those who lost loved ones in the government's anti-narcotics drive, which has seen some 4,200 killed.

Now on its 20th year, the SOPA awards have become a world-class benchmark to recognize the best practices in journalism in Asia Pacific.

Entries to the awards' 17 categories are judged by over 100 media professionals and members of the academe.

The full list of 2018 SOPA Award finalists is available here.