Message from the Chairman

David E. Smith
I am very privileged to be elected as SOPA’s Chairman again for a fourth year.
In 2014, it continues to be our goal to serve the publishing industry.

Publishers still facing significant challenges as well as great opportunities
in recent years. Readers now readily access to information anytime, anywhere
through multiple devices. Nevertheless, we keep it as a priority to ensure
that all the information available is true and reliable.

This coming year, SOPA activities such as the webinars, Media Insiders are for
the members benefit, sharing, and establishing strategies that will focus on
helping us to promote best practices in the industry. The must-not-miss most
prestigious SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence in its 16th year. The awards
represent the premier journalistic accolade in Asia and journalistic excellence.
The Awards Committee are already working very hard in getting a great line up of
panelists and working closely with the Journalism & Media Studies Centre at
Hong Kong University (HKU-JMSC) who are the Awards Administrator again this year.

In the coming year, we will continue to have industry events, continue actively
recruiting new members to bring in more new ideas and intensify the connection
among the publishers in the region. We look forward to the opportunity to work
collaboratively with all of you in promoting the best practice in the industry
around Asia.

Finally, I would like to welcome our new members and thank all the contribution
and dedication from the supporters over the years. I wish you an abundant and
prosperous Year of Horse and all the best in 2014.
David E. Smith Chairman – SOPA

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