SINGAPORE – Efforts by The Straits Times (ST) to register users have been recognised by the International News Media Association (INMA).
ST’s ‘Gift an Article’ feature launched in November last year came in second place in the “Best initiative to register users” category at the latest INMA Global Media Awards which took place virtually on Friday (June 4).
Developed in response to subscriber feedback, the feature allows ST subscribers to share individual paywalled articles with non-subscribers, subject to these non-subscribers registering for a free mySPH account.This means more readers are able to sample original and exclusive work produced by the ST newsroom.
In a press statement, Mr Warren Fernandez, editor-in-chief of SPH’s English/Malay/Tamil Media group and ST editor, said: “We will keep trying to improve on the experience for our audiences, to make our content more engaging and easier to access and share.”
“This has to be a relentless effort, and we will keep striving to do more to serve our audience well,” he added.
ST joins other leading newsrooms as INMA award-winners this year. INMA received over 640 entries from 37 countries for the 20 categories in the competition.
German news publisher Mittelbayerische Zeitung won the Best in Show award for developing a collaborative data science initiative called Drive, which shared and combined the data of multiple regional publishers to drive digital subscriptions.
Other prominent winners include The Times of India (six awards) and The Globe and Mail (four awards) from Canada.
Additionally, Singapore Press Holdings, which is the publisher of The Straits Times among other titles, received an honourable mention for Best of Use of Data to Drive Advertising for a solution called Brand Safety Classification to Aid Inventory Exposure.
Based on machine learning software and developed in-house, the solution improved content and brand safety classification of articles published across SPH titles, ensuring advertisements are placed alongside content appropriate for the brand.
The software is able to exceed the accuracy of existing third-party classification solutions, yet with lower latency.
“We are delighted to win this award, and it is a testament to the strong synergies between our business and growing data units,” said Dr Deb Goswami, SPH’s head of data and analytics.
“The most powerful outcomes arise when we combine a customer-centric mindset with actionable data. This is an important milestone in our efforts to enable data-driven outcomes within the organisation.”
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