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The New Paper on Sunday wins prestigious award for News Page Design

Singapore, 26 February 2013 – The New Paper on Sunday (TNPS) has won a prestigious award in newspaper design at the annual Society for News Design (SND) awards - an Award for Excellence in News Page Design.

The SND awards recognise newspapers with the best layouts, pictures and creative illustrations on a worldwide stage. This year’s Best of News Design saw more than 9,000 submissions from newspapers around the world.

The SND award-winning page design was produced for the story by Correspondent Maureen Koh on a mother’s plight in dealing with her daughter’s bipolar condition. The page design, which made use of an emoticon that was both a smiley and sad face, was put together by TNP chief sub-editor Solomon Lim, photojournalist Kelvin Chng and TNPS assistant news editor Jonathan Roberts.

As the paper needed to protect the patient’s identity, the team used the simplest visual expression of emotion as an alternative to pictures of the patient and her mother. The colours used were also chosen with specific artistic intention. Black and white highlighted the extreme mood swings of patients suffering from bipolar disorder, while the judicious use of red emphasised this starkness. Put together, the design effectively captured the agony of a mother who has to live with her stricken daughter. 

This award is TNPS’ second straight win at the global SND awards. Last year, it clinched an award for its 14-part manga series Kelong King, which has since been featured in other media outlets. 

Dominic Nathan, editor of TNP, said: "It is great to be recognised by our peers at such an illustrious international forum. This comes after the five wins we picked up recently at our in-house journalism awards ceremony, all of which reaffirm TNP's brand of visual journalism. What a great start to our 25th anniversary celebrations!"

The SND recognition follows yet another design award picked up by TNPS -- the Page Layout/Design of the Year -- in the 2012 annual competition among SPH's English and Malay Newspapers Division.

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About The New Paper

Launched in 1988, The New Paper has pioneered a style of journalism in Singapore that goes for sharp news angles. The second most-read paid English newspaper in Singapore after The Straits Times, The New Paper has a huge following for its sports pages that provide strong sports coverage, especially in soccer news. Now a big part of the Singapore scene, The New Paper strolled into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2000, when its annual mass-fitness event, The New Paper Big Walk, was recognised as the largest walk in the world.

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd 

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 

In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

Internet and Mobile

Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 270 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs

(STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPad and smartphone applications. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.


In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. 

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPH MediaBoxOffice.


SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its second retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road. SPH‘s latest retail development project, The Seletar Mall, is slated for completion by end 2014.

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