Enrol in the SINO Junior Reporter Programme 2021

  • Turn your insights and writing skills into fantastic prizes with an instructive programme organised by Sino Group and ‘Young Post’
  • Learn how to conduct interviews from an experienced SCMP journalist and about innovative new products at Sino Inno Lab
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Hong Kong is a centre for innovation and technology in Asia. This gives the city key perspectives on new developments, which can create a smarter future and a better quality of life for people here and around the world. A focus on innovation and technology can also inspire young minds by sparking their imaginations and teaching new skills and know-how.

To help aspiring writers in Hong Kong learn more about these important areas, we are now inviting students at local schools to sign up for the Sino Junior Reporter Programme 2021.

Organised by Sino Group and supported by SCMP Young Post, the programme will shine a spotlight on the impact technology has had and what it can do for us. Participants will hear about recent inventions at the Sino Inno Lab and will have the chance to meet and interview executives of Sino Group. Before that, they will learn about the skills and techniques needed to conduct an interview and write interesting and informative news stories in English. By taking part, students will receive invaluable guidance and advice from a seasoned SCMP journalist and add to their list of personal achievements.

Eligibility: Hong Kong Local Secondary School Form Four to Form Six students

Registration: Submit an article of up to 200 words, along with a related photo, sharing your thoughts about some aspect of innovation and technology to [email protected] or submit online at https://yp.scmp.com/sinoreporter.

Enrolment deadline: Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Training workshop and tour

120 shortlisted students will be invited to join the journalism training workshop and a tour to the Sino Inno Lab to learn more about innovation. The training workshop will be run in hybrid mode, while the tour will be conducted in person.

Journalism Training Workshop (3 hours, in English)

  • Workshops will be conducted in hybrid mode, with classroom training and online elements.

  • Students will receive practical tips from an experienced SCMP journalist on planning and conducting research and interviews and converting raw data into informative news stories.

  • Students will also have a chance to take part in an interview session with executives of Sino Inno Lab, in addition to learning more about inspiring innovations.

Tour to Sino Inno Lab (1 hour, in English)

  • The visit will be conducted in person.

  • Students will learn about innovative PropTech solutions that can be applied in hotels, residences, shopping malls and property management to enhance services, enrich the customer experience and explore the potential of smart living.

Final Assignment

Shortlisted students are required to write a feature article, in English, of up to 500 words, with three related photos, on the topic of ‘Innovation’ and submit it by Saturday, 15 January 2022. All articles will be assessed using the same criteria as those for the shortlisting process.

Awards Ceremony

All shortlisted students will be invited to the results announcement and award presentation ceremony on Saturday, 29 January, 2022. The five best articles will receive prizes, as listed below. The winning article will be published on YP.com

Champion: HK$3,000 cash prize

1st runner-up: HK$2,000 cash prize

2nd runner-up: HK$1,000 cash prize

Merit (two places): HK$500 cash prize each

For more information about the programme, check out the dedicated website here.

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