April Rabkin of Fast Company Wins Asia Society Osborn Elliott Journalism Prize

Contact: Elaine Merguerian

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April 3, 2012; New York, NY.Asia Society is pleased to announce that April Rabkin of Fast Company magazine has won the Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia for a three-part series of stories illuminating how Chinese society is changing. The stories are: “Follow the Billionaire,” in which she profiles recycling tycoon Chen Guangbiao and his efforts to transform Chinese philanthropy, “The Social(ist) Networks,” examining the unique role of social networking in China, and “The People's Education Army,” about a group of elite Beijing high school students. Rabkin is a Beijing-based contributing writer for Fast Company, covering leading business figures and social trends in China.

The $10,000 cash prize will be presented at an evening program on May 21, 2012, at Asia Society in New York. Five finalists will also be honored. For more about the winning and finalist stories, as well as program details, visit AsiaSociety.org/ozprize.

According to Norman Pearlstine, Chief Content Officer at Bloomberg and former Editor-in-Chief of Time Inc., who chairs the jury for the prize, “April Rabkin’s three-part series captures the flavors and nuances of the lives of real people in fast-changing China, from the angst of social networking behind the great firewall, to nouveau rich billionaires who want to be the world’s biggest philanthropists, to nerdy yet pampered teens with big dreams. The jury was impressed by how her vibrant and effervescent writing enhanced her insightful look at the human side of one of the biggest social and economic transformations of our time.”

Pearlstine also commended five finalists for the prize which he said reflected “the extraordinary quality and breadth of the applications” from across Asia and the United States:


About the Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia

The “Oz Prize” honors the late Osborn Elliott, legendary journalist, author and former editor-in-chief of Newsweek. Elliott was a leading figure in the field of journalism who became one of the earliest practitioners of “civic journalism”—the deliberate focusing of the journalistic enterprise on urgent issues of public policy. The Oz Prize is awarded annually for the best written example of journalism about Asia appearing during the calendar year.

Previous winners have included Keith Bradsher of The New York Times (2010), a team of writers from the International Herald Tribune (2009), Shai Oster of The Wall Street Journal (2008), Evan Osnos of the Chicago Tribune (2007), and Barbara Demick of the Los Angeles Times and Matthew McAllester of Newsday (2006).

            In addition to Mr. Pearlstine, the Oz Prize jury includes Carroll Bogert, Deputy Executive Director, Human Rights Watch; Barbara Crossette, UN Correspondent, The Nation; Dorinda Elliott, Deputy Editor, Special Projects, Condé Nast Traveler; Michael Elliott, President and CEO, ONE foundation and former Deputy Managing Editor, TIME; Chrystia Freeland, Global Editor-in-Chief, Reuters; Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Senior Editor, Hindustan Times; Carla Anne Robbins, Deputy Editorial Page Editor, The New York Times; and Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times.

            For more information about the Oz prize, visit AsiaSociety.org/ozprize.

About Asia Society

Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.

Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution headquartered in New York, with major new cultural centers in Hong Kong and Houston, and affiliated offices in Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, San Francisco, Shanghai, Seoul and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit AsiaSociety.org

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