FinanceAsia reporter scoops top award

Reporter Ann Shi is named Journalist of the Year – Regulation at State Street's annual awards. Managing editor Alison Tudor-Ackroyd is also honoured, along with sister titles.
Alison Tudor-Ackroyd (centre) and Ann Shi (centre right) with colleagues at the awards ceremony
Alison Tudor-Ackroyd (centre) and Ann Shi (centre right) with colleagues at the awards ceremony

Journalists from FinanceAsia and its sister titles have been honoured once again at the annual State Street Institutional Press awards, with reporter Ann Shi scooping the prestigious Journalist of the Year award in the regulation category.

Managing editor Alison Tudor-Ackroyd was also highly commended in the alternative investments category for two articles for sister title AsianInvestor, one on Japanese private equity and one on co-investments. This award was one of eight awards and commendations for the title. Corporate Treasurer, another magazine in the Haymarket Financial Media stable, received two commendations. 

Shi, who joined FinanceAsia this year after a spell with Corporate Treasurer, was honoured for two articles: a close look at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange's controversial fight to lure tech IPOs by allowing controversial dual-class shareholding structures; and an in-depth piece on the woes of Chinese buyers trying to seal deals in President Donald Trump's America

"In one article Ann clearly conducted deep research and presented a wide range of views on proposed changes by Hong Kong’s regulator and her second article on a US-China transaction was picked up widely online, demonstrating its strength," the judges said.

Most prominent of the AsianInvestor winners was senior reporter Richard Newell, who was named journalist of the year for his pension issues coverage. In addition, reporter Christina Wang was highly commended in both the pensions and regulation categories, while editor Richard Morrow also gained commendations for his regulation and his investments coverage. 

Former AsianInvestor reporters Toby Yiu and Bernadette Tio were also highly commended for their respective journalism in the categories of pensions and alternatives for the publication.

For Corporate Treasurer, editor Peter Shadbolt was highly commended for his writing on investment services and technology, and reporter Larissa Ku received an identical award in the financial technology category. 

Daniel Flatt, editorial director of Haymarket Financial Media, said: "In what is both a complex and highly competitive marketplace, it is extremely edifying to see all our financial titles achieve success in these prestigious awards. The hard work and commitment of the editorial teams providing award winning content to our demanding audiences is paying off. Well done to all!"

The State Street Institutional Press Awards, now in their sixth year in Asia Pacific, are decided by an independent panel of five judges from journalism, publishing, academia and non-profit bodies with investing expertise.

Copies of the submitted stories for the winners of all categories can be found at the homepage of the 2017 State Street Institutional Press Awards for Asia Pacific. 

The winners were selected out of a record number of submissions, totalling almost 200 according to organisers. They received their prizes at an awards lunch in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

“It’s has been a pleasure to lead this year’s judging panel, but also a major  challenge  to pick  winners from such a quality field of journalists," said William Mellor, lead judge for the awards and a long-serving foreign correspondent. "It was not easy to match the calibre of last year’s entries, but the 2017 winners have once again raised the bar in terms of journalistic excellence.” 

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