The News Lens Wins Three SOPA 2022 Editorial Awards

2022/06/22 TNL Mediagene
The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), known as “Pulitzer Prize of Asia,” announced the winners of its 2022 Editorial Awards on June 16. Four of The News Lens’s entries were shortlisted in the Chinese-language category, and three were honored as Finalists and Winners.

The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), known as “Pulitzer Prize of Asia,” announced the winners of its 2022 Editorial Awards on June 16. Four of The News Lens’s entries were shortlisted in the Chinese-language category, and three were honored as Finalists and Winners.

Since its establishment in 2013, The News Lens has sought to establish an independent voice, focusing on reviews and reports from multiple viewpoints, and has grown into various media such as audio-visual, infographics, and podcasts. We aim to approach issues in different perspectives, to better understand the news in Taiwan and in the world with our readers.

Winners of 2022 Editorial Awards by The News Lens are listed as follows:

Excellence in Audio Reporting

Award for Excellence

Vaccine doubters in Taiwan: Do they have the freedom to refuse getting vaccinated? (台灣也有「疫苗猶豫者」!他們有不打疫苗的自由嗎?)

Since the invention of the first vaccine against smallpox, people have been skeptical about vaccines. 

We found three vaccine-hesitant persons in Taiwan to talk about their thoughts. When vaccination becomes a national movement, and some jobs require employees to be vaccinated or undergo regular rapid tests, do they still have the freedom not to get vaccinated?

Excellence in Journalistic Innovation

Honorable Mention

Everything you need to know about Japan’s general election (2021 日本大選看關鍵:自民黨國會過半,岸田時代急展開)

The 2021 Japanese parliamentary general election was the first general election of the House of Representatives since the beginning of the Reiwa era. Fumio Kishida led Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to victory in the House of Representatives. With its partner Komeito, the LDP formed a governing coalition of 293 seats. Although his party’s seats were slightly reduced, Kishida still maintained power.

We follow the footsteps of Japan’s election mascot, a Daruma doll, to learn the various stories of the Japanese election through interactive pages.

Excellence in Infographics

Honorable Mention

A song of ice and oil: The 21st Century Arctic Battle (冰與油之歌:北極航線、漁業與能源爭奪戰)

In recent years, climate change has become a generation-defining problem, but an ambiguous effect is that routes and economic value of the Arctic Ocean have gradually increased due to the melting of the polar ice cap. These shorter routes from East Asia to Europe, and from the United States to East Asia, are reconfiguring the global trade network.


The Arctic is also rich in fishing and mineral resources. The United States, China, and Russia all are attempting to establish a monopoly over the resources, which is going to open up a new sea power competition. “A song of ice and oil: The 21st Century Arctic Battle” makes an engaging case for the importance of this struggle.


Another story, “Fukushima 10 years on,” on the anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, (福島核災十年了,輻射污染善後工作還要多久才能完結?), was also shortlisted for the Excellence in Infographics award.

In addition to the joint efforts of all colleagues of The News Lens, the affirmation and support of our readers is a key cornerstone for our continuous innovation. In 2022, we launched a new service “TNL+” that not only includes monthly exclusive in-depth reviews and analysis, but also an ad-free experience for readers who are willing to support us to produce better content.

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