SCMP 115th Anniversary

Hong Kong’s oldest English newspaper, The South China Morning Post, turns 115 years old today. We went inside their printing press facility, one of the few that still prints newspapers in the city.

Youth engagement has long been important to the South China Morning Post. It published Children’s Corner – its first youth supplement – on March 11, 1951, as a Sunday feature, then launched Young Post-Herald, also on Sundays, on January 7, 1968. This was the forerunner of today’s Sunday Young Post.

The South China Morning Post published its first edition on November 6, 1903. As it now marks its 115th anniversary, three readers reflect on its importance to Hong Kong as a window to the English-speaking world and a gauge on public views.


The SCMP, Hong Kong’s major English-language daily newspaper, boasts a team of more than 300 reporters, editors, photographers and other media professionals. They are based not only in Hong Kong but in the paper’s four mainland Chinese bureaus (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen) and two United States bureaus (New York City and Washington).

New technologies create new jobs, but government policy and the social environment also play a part in shaping trends in the job market. While it’s never easy to predict the most popular jobs for the upcoming year, some jobs do look to have rosier prospects than others.

The British newspaper the Daily Mail once ranked the greatest technological inventions of the 21st century in order. The shortlist included the iPhone, Facebook, YouTube, and 4G, all of which have markedly changed our way of life. These technologies have redefined the workforce, too. 

In the past 50 years, Hong Kong has transformed from a centre of industry into a service-based, knowledge-driven economy thanks to universal education and advances in technology. In the process, many new jobs have been created while traditional ones, mostly in light industry and manufacturing, have been radically redefined or consigned to oblivion. 

The fundamental objectives of recruitment have changed little over the years. It is basically still about attracting the best individuals available and getting them up to speed as quickly as possible.

With the South China Morning Post’s 115th anniversary hot on the heels of the express rail link and ‘mega bridge’ to Macau and Zhuhai opening, we celebrate six transport milestones that demonstrate how dynamic Hong Kong has never been a city to sit still.