11 June 2014: The Financial Times was recognised with an award for excellence in opinion writing at the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Editorial Excellence Awards in Hong Kong tonight.

Patti Waldmeir was selected by the judges for a collection of her notebook columns in the FT, and was praised for her “refreshing attitude, humour and original choice of topics”.

Financial Times Asia editor David Pilling said: “Patti’s columns are always a joy to read: witty, irreverent and insightful. When the world is so overloaded with data, we can often learn most from a keen observation. Patti rarely fails to provide just that.”

The judges said: “She combines the highest standards of writing and research with the courage to flout conventional choices in news values and subject matter.”

The FT also received an honourable mention in the excellence in feature writing category for FTChinese.com’s ‘Lunch with the FT: Chen Xiaolu’ by Lifen Zhang.

The SOPA awards, designed to encourage editorial vitality throughout Asia, recognise journalistic excellence across a number of platforms and cover range of categories that reflect the region’s diverse geo-political environment and vibrant editorial scene.

More information on the SOPA Awards and the full list of 2014 winners can be found at http://www.sopawards.com/

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