Behind the Story


In-depth discussions with SCMP journalists and editors about how they are covering the world’s biggest news, and what’s happening behind the scenes.

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Quitting alcohol in Hong Kong: a sport reporter's journey

15 Nov 2019

How hard is it to quit alcohol if it defines your lifestyle? Patrick Blennerhassett moved to Hong Kong and quickly became immersed in a culture of long work hours and even longer hours drinking each night. Listen as he shares his journey and the people he met along the way as he quit alcohol, changed his lifestyle and began training for a marathon next year. 


Roman Tam – singer of Hong Kong anthems and godfather of Canto-pop

18 Oct 2019

 The "Godfather of Canto-pop" left an indelible mark on Hong Kong culture with a prolific career that began in the 1970s, and his anthems are still being sung to unite protesters today.


Reporting the Lunar New Year in the Year of the Pig

4 Feb 2019

James Legge speaks to SCMP journalists, video producers and editors about what stories always come around for Lunar New Year and what stories they’ve found for the coming Year of the Pig


The life and legacy of Louis Cha ‘Jin Yong’

16 Nov 2018

Zhou Xin talks about the cultural impact of Louis Cha's wuxia novels in mainland China as well as his pivotal role as founder and editor of Ming Pao.


How the SCMP covered Typhoon Mangkhut, Hong Kong’s most intense storm

23 Sep 2018

Hear first-hand accounts of the most powerful storm Hong Kong has faced since records began.