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The South China Morning Post offices in Hong Kong’s Times Square. Photo: SCMP

Call for SCMP 2022 Graduate Trainee applications

  • Hong Kong’s most trusted English-language news organisation is seeking promising young journalists for its graduate trainee programme
  • Apply to be part of our our award-winning editorial team and deliver top quality news content to readers around the world

About the South China Morning Post

First published in 1903, the South China Morning Post has built an enviable reputation for authoritative, influential and independent reporting on Hong Kong, China and the rest of Asia. Today, we strive to maintain the highest standards and are proud to rank among the world’s best-known quality newspapers, achieving global recognition for our breaking news coverage and in-depth reporting.

Based in Hong Kong, we have been expanding globally with offices in New York, Washington, Singapore, Beijing and other cities in China.

Our vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission to “Lead the global conversation about China”.

The Graduate Trainee programme

It starts with a period of intensive training and is followed by a rotation to the major desks. Trainees are closely mentored to fast-track their development. Upon successful completion of the programme, trainees will move to permanent reporting jobs on their assigned desks.

Who we look for

Talented, ambitious graduates with curious minds who want to become journalists. Excellent English and strong writing skills are essential. Cantonese or Mandarin, and multimedia skills, are highly beneficial.

How to apply

Submit the relevant documents, including a cover letter, full CV, three published English-language news or feature articles and at least one letter of recommendation, via the online application by February 13, 2022.
A timeline of the recruitment process.

What our Graduate Trainees have to say about the programme

Graduate Trainee, joined 2020:

“The SCMP Graduate Trainee programme allowed me to experience journalism in a bustling newsroom environment, which is very valuable for my career. The rotations to the different news desks also allowed me to better understand the type of journalism that I wanted to pursue. I would highly recommend this one-year experience to journalism graduates, as this would help them get a good start in the industry.”

Graduate Trainee, joined 2020:

“It has always been a dream to work at a historic newspaper. The Graduate Trainee programme was perfect for that, as I could begin my journalism career at the Post. As trainees, we rotated through various desks, allowing us to understand the intricacies of each beat. It also gave us much-needed exposure to essential topics. We were able to interview people from all walks of life. The Post was welcoming and I had colleagues who were helpful and patient in guiding me every step of the way.”

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]