Journalism students visit South China Morning Post

By Briar Wooldridge

As part of DMU global’s academic led trips,  journalism students were invited to spend the morning at the South China Morning Post.

The newspaper is an English language broadsheet which has recently been brought by the Alibaba Group and has recently moved to a high-profile new office located in Tower One inside Times Square, Causeway Bay, one of Hong Kong’s most prestigious addresses.

The paper settled in just over three months ago and has seen a huge amount of investment in the newsroom, and elsewhere.

Luisa Tam, a senior editor at the Post welcomed the students into the impressive offices. She told them: “We are not really a newspaper any more – more of a news organisation. We are very much digital first, and are always looking for young editors.”

Luisa took the pupils on an extensive tour of the building. They were led around two impressive floors in the tower, ­ the post has of the six in total. This included what Luisa described as an “office highway” where stairs leading to each floor had been integrated to enable staff to move quickly and easily between levels.

On the tour the students had a chance to chat to section editors including International Editor Andrew London.


Fast forward to the future: the South China Morning Post has one of the most modern newsrooms in the world, but there is an echo of its history in the offices – a linotype machine from the pre-digital days. Pictured are: (from left) Briar Wooldridge, Toby Jeffery, Alex Leadbitter, Ross Barnett, Adrianna Zawadzka, Seb Old, kneeling, Yousuf Ali and Sara Cardoso Torres Vinagre

The office screamed luxuriousness, and featured a video studio, multiple social spaces and even a pub with its very own SCMP beer on tap named ‘Post Op’.

During the second half of the visit the students sat down in the boardroom with the Post’s Training Editor, international journalist and former war correspondent Phil Smith, who gave them plenty of advice based around his 34 years of experience.

He started off by quizzing students on their knowledge of International current affairs – and they came through with flying colours.

Mr Smith told them: “The best advice I can give you is to learn about and get into business journalism. It can be tricky getting a job in journalism, but once you are in it gets easier.”

The students left with lots of tips and tricks on getting into the journalism industry and were given a fresh idea about  how a 21st century newsroom works.

DMU students chat with the video editor of the SCMP who explained what made great digital content.
Senior Editor Luisa Tam is pictured left

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