SOPA Media Insiders series webinar – 2021 Awards winners in the Reporting on the Environment category


Join SOPA on Thursday August 26th 3pm LIVE for an online panel discussion with the winners of the SOPA 2021 Editorial Awards – Excellence in Reporting on the Environment category.

We will proudly present three female journalists, from the Washington Post, the World of Chinese and CommonWealth Magazine, whose curiosity and sense of responsibility led them to remote corners to talk to people impacted by environmental change. In Laos, farmers are forced to make sacrifices in the name of “progress”, while in rural China, the waste problem is more urgent than ever as  landfills become full. Farmers in Taiwan, on the other hand, are trading their fertile fields for solar panels in exchange for wealth. Hear how these award winners uncovered truths and searched for solutions.

Here are the winning articles from the SOPA 2021 Awards:

Excellence in Reporting on the Environment (卓越環境報道獎)

Award for Excellence: The Washington Post, How China is choking the Mekong

Award for Excellence: The World of Chinese, China’s Hidden Rural Waste Crisis

Honorable Mention: 天下雜誌 | CommonWealth Magazine, 《天下雜誌》714期〈瘋狂光電 發財夢〉Solar Power Fueling Dreams of Riches



Shibani Mahtani
The Washington Post

Shibani Mahtani is the Southeast Asia and Hong Kong Bureau Chief for the Washington Post, covering a 10-country turf from the Philippines to Indonesia and Myanmar. Prior to joining the Post last year, Shibani spent seven years as a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, most recently based in Chicago covering the Midwest. Before moving to Chicago, she covered Myanmar for the Journal from a base in Yangon from 2013 – 2016. Shibani was born and grew up in Singapore, and is a graduate of the London School of Economics and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Tina Xu
The World of Chinese

Tina Xu is a multimedia storyteller who seeks to illustrate the human face of complex political realities. Her story for The World of Chinese on China’s rural trash crisis received SOPA’s 2021 Regional Award for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment, and other articles were nominated in the categories of women’s issues and photography. Her interactive design for Outriders was shortlisted for a 2021 European Press Award for innovative storytelling. She studied political theory at Wellesley College, and her work can be found in The World of Chinese, Hong Kong Free Press, The Bangkok Post, Outriders, and Modern Painters. She is currently working on a documentary about trauma and migration.



Moderated by Kwangyin Liu
Senior writer on climate, energy and environment & English website editor at CommonWealth Magazine

Kwangyin has been covering energy transition, climate change, environmental issues, and the auto industry for CommonWealthMagazine since 2012. The bimonthly magazine is Taiwan’s leading publication on the economy, business and current affairs. Since 2020, she also serves as the editor of CWM’s English website.  Since 2019, she is a pro bono ambassador for Clean Energy Wire, a Berlin-based media outlet that covers energy transition across the world. She has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Taipei’s National Cheng-chi University and a BA from National Taiwan University.


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