SCMP 115th Anniversary: All stories

The South China Morning Post, of which Inkstone is a unit, is celebrating its 115th anniversary. Over its long history, it has had multiple owners and has reinvented itself many times, most recently as an international media company focusing on the global China story. Grace Tsoi takes you back to when it all began.

In a little more than a decade, the smartphone has evolved from a digital novelty reserved for gadget geeks to an indispensable technology for the masses.


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).

Birthdays are a time for celebration but also provide a good opportunity to reflect on the past and look ahead to the future. The 115th anniversary of the South China Morning Post is no exception.

Tse Tsan-tai, driving force behind establishment of newspaper, did not see Post as just a commercial endeavour, it became a platform for advocating the reform movement.

The South China Morning Post has been a barometer of daily life in Hong Kong since it was founded 115 years ago. From its earliest days, the paper campaigned for more enlightened governance, and the newspaper’s reporters have experienced the same highs and lows as the rest of the city, including such indignities as being barred from society, detained in POW camps and being targets of rioting mobs

As in the past, our pages will continue to provide reliable, objective, fair and independent coverage of events shaping Hong Kong, mainland China and the world

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.