ABS-CBN News’ reportage of Filipinos striving to cope with the impact of the Taal volcano eruption and the COVID-19 pandemic both took home honors in the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Awards 2021 in a virtual ceremony on Thursday (June 24).
“Pangarap ni Chito: Kuwento ng jeepney driver na naninirahan sa nakaparadang jeep,” produced by the NXT team – ABS-CBN News’ digital video team – triumphed in the Excellence in Video Reporting (Regional) with its story of a driver who lived inside his jeepney as he lost his livelihood due to the lockdown restrictions.
The digital special “Taal: Through Eruption and Pandemic,” a collection of stories of hope from communities in Batangas and Cavite by ABS-CBN reporter Katrina Domingo and photojournalist Jonathan Cellona, meanwhile, bagged honorable mentions in the Excellence in Journalistic Innovation (Regional) category.
Judged by a high caliber of international judges, the Hong Kong based SOPA Awards began in 1999 as a “tribute to editorial excellence in both traditional and new media.”
ABS-CBN News, which has won in SOPA in previous years, went up against hundreds of English and Chinese-language entries from international and regional media in Asia. This year’s awarding was streamed on SOPA’s YouTube page.
View ABS-CBN News’ finalists in SOPA Awards 2021 at https://news.abs-cbn.com/specials/through-eruption-pandemic and https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/multimedia/video/08/06/20/pangarap-ni-chito-kuwento-ng-jeepney-driver-na-naninirahan-sa-nakaparadang-jeep.