Media Insiders Series: Covering Breaking News | October 6, 2022 – 3PM HKT

What does it take to report and craft narratives for rapidly evolving news? How do reporters maintain objectivity when covering topics where emotions run high? And what are the takeaways from dealing with interviewees experiencing trauma?

The Society of Publishers in Asia invites you to the final installment Media Insider with the winners and finalists of the SOPA 2022 Editorial Awards on Breaking News, presenting journalists from Initium Media, The Reporter, The Wall Street Journal, and Sixth Tone.

Their stories took us inside the Zhenzhou floods that shook a nation; the ethical dilemma that medical staff faced on the front lines during the peak of the Covid pandemic in Taiwan; the desperate scene to flee Afghanistan as the Taliban took over; and, the last night before the shuttering of the iconic newspaper Apple Daily in Hong Kong.

Media Insiders: Covering Breaking News is moderated by Bloomberg Asia’s Investing and Real Estate Team Leader, Lulu Yilun Chen.

Lulu is a multi-time SOPA award co-winner; one of the esteemed judges of the SOPA 2022 Awards; and, the author of “Influence Empire: The Story of Tencent and China’s Tech Ambition“.

Panelists include Wai Kwan Lee from Initium Media, Tsao Fu-Nien from The Reporter, Margherita Stancati from The Wall Street Journal, and Yuan Ye from Sixth Tone.


WAI KWAN LEE, Initium Media

Lee is one of the decorated journalists of The Society of Publishers in Asia, awarded as Mind HK Media Awards 2019, Excellent Journalism Award 2021, and the prize winner of  SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence 2022. Lee is a freelance journalist who wrote for Ming Pao Weekly, Initium Media, Hong Kong In-Media, and other documentaries. Completed her master’s degree in Anthropology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Lee is active in literary writing and teaching creative-writing programs; and has received awards from Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese, the Youth Literary Awards.

TSAO FU-NIEN, The Reporter

Fu-Nien is the Senior Journalist for The Reporter and SOPA 2022’s Finalist for Carlos Tejada Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting. Fu-Nien covers social welfare, mental health issues, and gender issues.

MARGHERITA STANCATI, The Wall Street Journal

Stancati is a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. She lived in Afghanistan from 2013-2015 and traveled there frequently over the past year. Her previous postings include India and Saudi Arabia. Stancati is Italian and currently lives in Rome with her husband and two young sons.

YUAN YE, Sixth Tone

Yuan is a Feature Reporter at Sixth Tone and SOPA 2022’s Finalist for the Award for Young Journalists. Yuan focuses on writing to raise awareness of climate change and the intersection of policy, politics, and society.  


🏆 Excellence in Reporting Breaking News (卓越突發新聞獎) Chinese
🏅 Honorable Mention | Initium Media: ‘Like a hand over your mouth’: Journalists, readers, and newspaper sellers saying goodbye to Apple Daily

🏆 Excellence in Reporting Breaking News (卓越突發新聞獎) Chinese
🏅 Award for Excellence The Reporter: Medical ethics shock: Under the COVID-19 Pandemic in Taiwan

🏆 Excellence in Reporting Breaking News (卓越突發新聞獎) Global/Regional
🏅 Award for Excellence The Wall Street Journal: ‘Saigon on Steroids’

🏆 Excellence in Reporting Breaking News (卓越突發新聞獎) Global/Regional
🏅 Honorable Mention Sixth Tone: Zhengzhou Floods

Admission to the webinar is FREE.