The Society of Publishers in Asia, SOPA 2021 Journalism Awards is open for Entries; Deadline Feb 25

SOPA, the Society of Publishers in Asia, established the annual SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence in 1999 to recognize and reward great journalism in the region. The awards span 18 categories and seek to honor outstanding reporting, innovative story telling and, above all, elevate and recognize the region’s many strong local voices.

SOPA is keen to see that number rise, given Asia’s diverse media industry and would like to invite media members of Singapore Press Club to submit entries to the SOPA 2021 Awards.

You can find more details on the awards here:

SOPA would also be offering a subsidy for first-time entrants (USD$25). You will find more details here and in their FAQ section here:

The press releases in English and Chinese versions are posted on  

The strict deadline for entries submission is Thursday 3pm Feb 25 HKT. 

For further enquiries on the Awards and submissions, you can also contact SOPA at

Singapore Press Club wishes you all the best in your entries. 

Janet Wee
General Manager
Singapore Press Club

SPC Invite: Join this free webinar presented by ST and WEF – Geopolitical Reset 2021: Implications for Asia live on Jan 29 at 7pm SGT (12pm CET).

A follow up on post US Elections webinars, Singapore Press Club is pleased to invite you to join this upcoming webinar titled Geopolitical Reset 2021: Implications for Asia to be held this Friday, 29 January and presented by The Straits Times and the World Economic Forum (WEF)

What can countries in Asia expect from a new US President and administration? And how will continuing competition for influence between America and China play out in the region? Will Sino-US tensions on trade and technology ease with a new administration, and if Mr. Biden’s proposed Summit for Democracy will be well received or pose more challenges for Asia. These questions and more will be addressed in this webinar 

The webinar will feature these panelists:

Professor Chan Heng Chee, Ambassador-at-Large and Chair of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities and she was the former Singapore ambassador to the United States

Professor Wang Gungwu is a University Professor at NUS Arts and Social Sciences and a leading scholar on Sino-Southeast Asian historical relations.

Mr. George Yeo, Senior Adviser to Kuok Group and former Singapore Foreign Minister. Mr. Yeo has taken on advisory roles in various organisations including Peking University, Nalanda University, Mitsubishi Corporation, AIA, and Pinduoduo.

Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished fellow at the Asia Research Institute. He was the first Singapore Ambassador to serve on the UN Security Council and was also previously appointed the Founding Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

The webinar will be moderated by ST Associate Editor Vikram Khanna. The ST’s US Bureau Chief, Mr Nirmal Ghosh, and China Bureau Chief Tan Dawn Wei will also join in the conversation.

The webinar is being held in conjunction with the Davos Agenda 2021 week, which runs from Monday to Friday, where more than 1,500 business, government and civil society leaders from over 70 countries will attend a series of virtual sessions to discuss global issues under the theme, “A crucial year to rebuild trust”.

Geopolitical Reset 2021: Implications for Asia

Date: 29 January 2021 at 7pm SGT (12pm CET)
The webinar will also be streamed on
ST’s Facebook and YouTube pages

SPC Knowledge Webinar Invite: EAI Distinguished Public Lecture on “China’s Domestic and External Economic Challenges” on Zoom, Fri Jan 29, 10am (SGT)

EAI Distinguished Public Lecture on Zoom

TopicChina’s Domestic and External Economic Challenges

Dr David Dollar

Senior Fellow, China Center, Brookings Institution, USA

DateFriday, 29 January 2021
Time10:00 am – 11:30 am (Singapore Time)
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AbstractIn 2021, the Chinese Communist Party celebrates its hundredth anniversary and entering the New Year in enviable shape. China managed to regain control of COVID-19 early on and is poised to bounce back strongly with a projected 8% growth in 2021. Meanwhile, exports are roaring ahead as other countries are still recovering from COVID-19. Despite this short-term success, the country faces daunting domestic and external challenges in the medium term. On the domestic side, demographic shifts will result in a declining labour force and put a premium on geographic mobility. Overreliance on investment as a driver for demand growth has led to inefficiency and waste, and a steep rise in the debt to GDP ratio, which is risking a financial crisis. To maintain growth at reasonably high levels while managing these issues of labour and investment will require innovation to become a major driver of growth. On the external side, even under the new Biden administration, the trade war with the United States is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon, with tariffs and restrictions on technology imports likely to stay. China recent signed the RCEP trade agreement with 14 other Asian countries, and the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) with the European Union offers new opportunities for growth that complements the domestic reform agenda.
About the SpeakerDavid Dollar is a senior fellow in the China Center at the Brookings Institution and host of the Dollar & Sense podcast on international trade. He is a leading expert on Asian economies and US relations with Asia. His most recent book is China 2049, co-authored with economists from Peking University. From 2009 to 2013 he was the US Treasury’s economic and financial emissary to China, based in Beijing. Before his time at Treasury, Dollar worked at the World Bank for 20 years. He was the country economist for Vietnam from 1989 to 1995, a period of intense reform and adjustment. From 1995 to 2004, Dollar worked in the World Bank’s research department and published articles on trade and growth, economic reform in the developing world, and aid effectiveness. From 2004 to 2009 he was country director for China and Mongolia. Prior to his World Bank career, Dollar was an assistant professor of economics at the University of California, Los Angeles and spent a semester in Beijing teaching at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He has a PhD in economics from New York University and a BA in Asian studies from Dartmouth College.

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Through The Lens Exhibition by The Straits Times and World Press Photo (16 Jan – 7 Feb) and Photojournalism Webinar (Jan 27, Wed, 12.30pm)

Dear Friends,

Singapore Press Club is pleased to invite you to view Through The Lens photo exhibitions by The Straits Times and World Press Photo held at the National Museum of Singapore (The Concourse level 1 and The Canyon at basement) from Saturday, January 16 to Sunday February 7, 2021. It is open to the public daily, admission is free. 

Through The Lens comprises an exhibition by The Straits Times (this year, the ST exhibition will focus on coverage of Covid-19 in Singapore) and an exhibition by the World Press Photo (which celebrates most powerful, provocative and poignant images from around the world).

Join us as well for this Webinar on Photojournalism

Covering Covid-19 – Documenting a new normal amid the pandemic Featuring ST photojournalists As social distancing becomes part of the new landscape, many of us have had to rethink our lifestyles and get creative in the ways we connect, gather, eat and work.

Through visual features that captured how coronavirus impacted lives in 2020, The Straits Times photojournalists discuss the role that photojournalism plays during a public health crisis, as well as the challenges and importance of showing the human face – and cost – of the pandemic.

Date: Wed, Jan 27
Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Register by Jan 24, 6pm    

Successful registrants will be sent a unique link prior to the webinar

(1) Webinar on Trauma Literacy for Newsroom Leaders (27 Jan, 12noon SGT on Zoom) and (2) free Newsroom Guide on reporting of health crises

Dear members,

SPC is pleased to offer you two great resources related to handling crises reporting.

  • Webinar on Trauma Literacy for Newsroom Leaders on 27 January 2021 at 12noon SGT on Zoom
  • Newsroom Guide on pandemic reporting – free download

Starting 2021,  WAN-IFRA is working with Dart Centre APAC in Australia to offer this special training series on how to protect against and prevent trauma and help newsrooms build resiliency and put in place workplace processes which safeguard employees’ mental health and well-being.

This free webinar will come with live translation in Bahasa Indonesia, Cantonese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin.

SPC members are invited to register for a free introductory webinar on 27 January 2021 held at 12noon SGT on Zoom.

You can also share with your friends and colleagues who may benefit from this valuable training.

For more details and to register, visit

A free download of a Newsroom Guide with expert views and advice for media professionals and newsrooms to navigate reporting of health crises
It’s a great Covid19 reporting resource. This newsroom guide is a distillation of expert views and advice, drawn from the World Editors Forum Science in the Newsroom project. It covers newsgathering, storytelling and innovative techniques to help journalists, editors and newsrooms navigate COVID-19 and future health crises.

Register here to get your free copy

The handbook is produced by the World Editors Forum, the network for editors within WAN-IFRA.