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Message from the Chairwoman

Welcome to the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA). It is an honor to serve as SOPA’s 2017 Chair.

SOPA was established in 1982 to recognize and celebrate the highest standards of journalistic quality and integrity in Asia. Today, the SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence are regarded as the gold standard against which Asia’s best journalists and publishers are measured.

Our commitment to editorial excellence is evidenced through a range of activities and initiatives:

• SOPA stands as a vocal and passionate proponent for freedom of the press regionally.

• We advocate for best business practices that support and sustain the publishing industry.

• SOPA hosts topical events to promote industry dialogue, education and innovation through its Media Insider Series, as well as forums that unite and strengthen our publishing community. This includes outreach and initiatives targeting Asia’s next generation of journalists through partnerships with universities including the HKBU-SOPA Award Winners Forum.

• We embrace the promotion of technological advances and innovation that best serve the information needs of our membership.

• We will continue in 2017 to partner with Bring Me A Book foundation. SOPA shares an ongoing commitment to encourage and develop literacy skills among underprivileged Asian children.

We invite you to join in supporting the promotion, recognition and future growth of Asia’s dynamic and diverse publishing industry. Please feel free to contact me with suggestions in how SOPA can further serve its members and aid in professional development.

To learn more about becoming a member, please contact Christine Wong.

Jacquelyn Drozdroff

Chairwoman - SOPA

The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) announces new board members

[January 2014] – The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), an organization dedicated to best practices in professional publishing, held their Annual General Meeting.

SOPA elected five new members to its board of directors. The new board members are:

Ms. Khoon-Fong Ang (Publishing Director, TIME and Fortune, Asia Pacific) as Deputy Chairwoman,

Mr. Kenny Chan (Operation Director , South China Media Group),

Mr. Michael Chu (Director of Marketing, South China Morning Post),

Mr. Lawrence Jang (Advertising Director – North Asia, New York Times Global), and

Ms. Dorothy Wong (Marketing Director, One Media Group).

All voted in favor of re-electing Mr. David E. Smith (Regional Director, Advertising and Sponsorship, The Economist) as Chairman for the fourth year in a row, Mr. Simon Chu (Director of Operations, Financial Times) as Honorary Treasurer and Ms. Lillian Kung (Regional Manager NE Asia, Bloomberg Businessweek) as Honorary Secretary.

“I am honored to be elected as SOPA’s Chairman again for the fourth year and sincerely thank all board members for their support. I would also like to welcome our new board members who I am confident will inject new energy into the organization.

At SOPA we remain committed to addressing and sharing the best publishing practices in our industry. In 2014, we will continue to have industry events and will continue actively recruiting new members to bring in more new ideas and better the connection among the publishers in the region. I look forward to the opportunity to work collaboratively with all of you and I will endeavor to guide the organization in the New Year”, said Mr. David E. Smith.

SOPA Executive Board 2014 welcomed other re-elected board members including Ms. Desiree Au (Publisher, TimeOut Hong Kong), Ms. Charlotte Lee (Regional Circulation Director, of The Wall Street Journal Asia), Ms. Anne Lim-Chaplain (Publisher and Managing Director, Hubert Burda Media Hong Kong Limited) and Ms. Jessica Triffitt (Group Sales Director, Haymarket)


About SOPA:

The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) was founded in 1982 to promote, maintain and manage both local publishers and local representatives of foreign publishers in Asia, with a view to fostering better cooperation and understanding among members. It is based in Hong Kong and represents international, regional and local media companies in Hong Kong and around Asia. SOPA is a not for profit organization. It hosts the prestigious annual SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence to set world-class benchmarks for journalism in Asia. The Society of Publishers in Asia exists to promote excellence in journalism and best practices across all local and regional publishing platforms in Asia Pacific.

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