Gender equality and representation is something I care deeply for – not only to make sure that women voices were heard, but also that they are portrayed in an empathetic, non-condescending way. It is a constant mission for me in the newsroom to empower women, whether it is business leaders, the everyday woman on the street, or our ever-inspiring and gifted journalists.
All over the world, women seemed to suffer disproportionately to men as a result of lockdowns, household responsibilities and, in some cases, domestic violence. China was no different.
As the team was inundated with coronavirus stories from every direction, it became a real struggle to uncover people and angles that had not been covered before. These were a few I am proud of.
As a dog owner and animal lover, it felt very personal and important to me to break the stereotypes people had of Chinese people being dog eaters. Dog meat is eaten by a very small percentage of people in China. Even in Yulin, where the infamous dog meat festival is held, only about 12% of people consume canines regularly. Among China’s 1.4 billion population, the percentage is far far lower.
I will not presume to take credit for this coverage. Everything was done by the amazing reporter who braved the rain and floods to provide on-ground coverage. But I will say that I enjoyed working through the copy and discovering these fascinating stories through her eyes.
In one piece, she walked the reader through a rescue mission on a boat as firefighters raced to save stranded townspeople.
A series of explainers borne out of SEO keyword research, close teamwork with reporters, subeditors and keyword specialists, and plain old news judgement.
Some Covid-19 China explainers:
Wrote listicles to drive engagement and traffic to the South China Morning Post’s society section. Each piece sees a minimum of 10,000 unique users.
Initiated Views from the Top video series – interviews with four of Singapore’s top CEOs as video became the best performing format on social media. This kickstarted The Business Times’ video initiatives, with plans for monetisation.
Part I played: