TODAY clinches infographics prize at SOPA awards
SINGAPORE — TODAY has won an award for infographics at the annual Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) awards.
Mr Rodolfo Carlos Pazos, 32, TODAY’s senior art director, won the Award for Excellence in Infographics on Wednesday night, beating The Wall Street Journal Asia, which had two nominations in the same category.
Mr Pazos’ interactive infographic on an inflatable bicycle helmet made by Swedish company Hovding was published last year on TODAYonline, as part of a feature that also touched on bike safety in Singapore. SOPA judges noted that the infographic “uses 2D and 3D visualisation plus interactivity in a virtuoso way”.
Said Mr Pazos yesterday of his win: “The Hovding graphic was all about presenting information to our readers in a new and innovative way. Winning this award means a great deal as it means we are moving in the right direction.”
He added: “Interactive graphics and data visualisation in many newsrooms are still emerging forms of storytelling. Winning this award means a lot to us as we constantly jump the barriers of new technologies. At its heart, journalism is all about telling stories. What is changing is how we go about telling them.”
TODAY deputy editor Carl Skadian said: “Readers are expecting more from our digital offerings, given the medium’s immense possibilities, and we have heeded their call. This win will spur us to do better work and expand our original digital content to better serve our audience.”