Young Post history

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Believe it or not, your daily newspaper traces its roots back to January 1964.

‧ It first started as the Young Post-Herald, an eight-page section published on Sundays. Between 1968 and 1974, the number of pages varied quite lot. Sometimes there were as many as 16 pages.

Young Post-Herald, first issue

‧ On December 1974, the eight-page Young Post Club took over the YPH.

Young Post Club, first issue and welcoming message

‧ On September 9, 1985, the Young Post Club’s daily equivalent, Young Post, hit Hong Kong schooldesks for the first time. This four-page tabloid section can be considered the first real Young Post issue.

Young Post, first issue and welcoming messagespa

‧ In 1989, the Young Post Club was renamed Sunday Young Post Club to avoid confusion with the daily publication. By then the daily Young Post had 12 pages while the Sunday Young Post Club only had four.

Sunday Young Post Club, first issue

‧ Finally, in 1992, the Sunday edition dropped ‘Club’ from its title to become the Sunday edition you all know.

left, first issue

right, 1999 layout

left, 2006 layout

right, current layout

While primarily used by students to learn English, the paper has evolved over the years to become an all-round publication packed with school, sport, cultural and entertainment news and features.

Throughout the years, Young Post built up a large and loyal following.

Among those young readers were stars in the making. On November 27, 1985, a cover story (left) shows a photograph of three outstanding students, beaming above the headline 'Nice 'n' easy does it for Karen'. Standing in the middle is the Form Four student from Diocesan Girls' School who won the Jaffe Cup at the Schools Speech Festival with her reading from Thomas Hardy's Far From The Madding Crowd, prompting the judges to compliment her on her 'nice, easy and relaxing manner'. It was none other than Karen Morris, better known today as best-selling pop idol and award-winning actress Karen Mok Man-wai.

Karen Mok Man-wai in Young Post in 1985

Young Post has been a training ground for young journalists. The Post's senior crime reporter Clifford Lo, for instance, started his career reporting school and entertainment news for Young Post.