Foundation Wins SOPA Award

by Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 20 June 2016 13:51 GMT
The Thomson Reuters Foundation is the proud recipient of a SOPA Award for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment, as well as two Honourable Mentions.

Thomson Reuters Foundations Wins at 2016 SOPA Awards

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is proud to have been a finalist in six categories at this year’s SOPA Awards, held in Hong Kong on June 15, 2016.

The Foundation won the Excellence in Reporting on the Environment category, in recognition of its coverage of climate change innovation by Alisa Tang, Roshan Din Shad, Syful Islam, and Amantha Perera. Also nominated in the category were the Hong Kong Tatler and Nikkei Asian Review.

Judges described the coverage as an “inspiring series of stories exploring small-scale, but effective, solutions to ameliorate the effects of climate change on water supplies in Asia. This package is refreshing because it offers a rare look at the solutions that people have devised across the region to adapt to some of the consequences of climate change.”

The Thomson Reuters Foundation was the recipient of an Honourable Mention for Excellence in Reporting on Women’s Issues for a series of stories on Indian women in the workforce by Nita Bhalla. The judges described the coverage as "a well - conceived series looking at the challenges women face in the work force in India; how things are changing but deep-seated gender biases are not being monitored and there are stark inconsistencies in a society where women are inspired to join non-traditional work places such as the fire brigade, yet others joining the police force face endemic sexual harassment. Good mix of themes and well-chosen subjects showing the abhorrent conditions women in garment mills face to manufacture clothes worn by those in the west.” 

Myanmar Now, the Thomson Reuters Foundation-led independent news agency, was also the proud recipient of an Honourable Mention for Excellence in Investigative Journalism for a special report by Swe Win titled ‘With official help, Myanmar’s radical Buddhists target Muslim-owned businesses’.