MANILA, Philippines – Rappler journalist Patricia Evangelista is among the winners in the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) 2017 Awards for Editorial Excellence.
Evangelista’s "In the Name of the Father" won the Excellence in Feature Writing category. The piece is part of Rappler’s "Impunity" series, featuring coverage by Evangelista and Magnum Foundation photographer Carlo Gabuco from the frontlines of the Philippine government’s deadly campaign against drugs. The series recently won the Human Rights Press Awards for Multimedia Reporting.
"In the Name of the Father," a narrative essay reporting 6 months of drug war killings published in December 2016, features Gabuco’s photos and cinematography, and was designed by Dominic Go with video editing by filmmaker Paolo Villaluna.
Winners were announced on Thursday, June 15, in a ceremony at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The SOPA awards is divided into 3 sections – Group A for global media, Group B for regional media, and Group C for Chinese-language pieces.
Several other media groups covering the Philippines’ drug war also won in a variety of categories:
- Excellence in Human Rights Reporting, Group B, ABS-CBN, War on Drugs: The unheard voices
- Excellence in Photography, Group B, Raffy Lerma, Philippine Sunday Inquirer, Lamentation
- Honorable Mention, Group A, Excellence in Human Rights Reporting, Reuters, Duterte’s War
- Honorable Mention, Group A, Excellence in Journalistic Innovation: The New York Times, They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals
Organized by Hong Kong-based organization SOPA, the awards shortlisted the finalists from more than 750 English or Chinese-language entries submitted by media across the region.
Now on their 19th year, the awards are widely considered the most prestigious in the Asia Pacific publishing industry and a world-class benchmark of journalistic best practice.
Participating media competed in 17 categories. Entries were assessed by a judging panel of more than 100 media professionals, including journalists, editors, and columnists from some of the region’s most influential publications, along with academics from a number of Asia’s leading journalism schools. – Rappler.com