Everything you need to know about your new Young Post from September – meatier content and better engagement

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  • Young Post’s deputy editor explains some of the changes that will be coming to your Young Post from September
  • We have linked forms that you can fill out to get involved and submit responses for our new 24-page print edition
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Young Post is getting a makeover starting in September 2021.

Dear readers,

Over the years, Young Post has been your friend and mentor through thick and thin.

The paper began in 1951 as a Sunday publication called the Children’s Corner under the South China Morning Post. It was relaunched as the Young Post-Herald in 1968. Since then, its design and content have gone through many transformations.

Young Post-Herald’s front page on March 18, 1973. Photo: SCMP

What has not changed is our passion to explore the world with you, and to provide a platform for you to express yourself. For us to continue evolving as a friend and mentor to you, Young Post is getting a makeover next month.

For many years, Young Post has been a daily publication in schools, except for this summer when we published 12 pages every Sunday. We have heard feedback that you want a meatier newspaper that reports on issues you care deeply about, with more original content and better engagement.

This summer, we interviewed Hong Kong’s Olympic medallist Siobhan Haughey about her school years when she had to juggle studying and swimming; a man who has for the last 20 years been making sure that the dead are well fed and having fun; an artistic roller skater who sews and sells skating outfits and masks to keep her skating dreams afloat; and many more awesome people and organisations.

Young Post has also interviewed Hong Kong boxer Rex Tso Sing-yu. Photo: Kelly Fung

From September 6, we will become a weekly newspaper, publishing 24 pages of compelling, engaging content every Monday that will be delivered to your schools. A condensed eight-page version will be published the following Sunday inside the South China Morning Post, and our website will continue to be updated throughout the week.

We will be strengthening our engagement with you, our readers, by making our pages more welcoming for writers of all levels to join in the conversation. By renaming the Junior Reporters’ Club to Team YP, we hope to expand our club to include even more young aspiring writers and reporters.

Young Post reporters at an interview in 2018. Photo: Antony Dickson

Here is your guide to what the new Young Post is all about. If you want to see for yourself what our new 24-page edition will look like, click here to see a mock-up.

1. News and features

Our cover story will take a deep dive into issues you care about. We will be introducing a vocab box in print and online to assist you with your reading.

For our features pages, which we’ve named Talking Points, we are lining up interviews with popular singers, interesting personalities and thought provoking change-makers. We will link questions to test your understanding and challenge you to dig deeper.

Young Post has interviewed Hong Kong singer Joey Wong, better known as JW. Photo: handout

2. Get published

Your Voice: Two print pages every week will be dedicated to publishing letters from you about topics you care about. Your letters can be as long as 500 words, or as short as 150 words. If your writing does not get published in print, we may still publish them online. Want to be heard? Drop us a line via this form.

You can even send us photos of your school activities if you want to share them with Young Post’s readers.

Show Off: Think you can write a funny photo caption? Each week, we present to you one photo without a caption, and it’s up to you to submit a wacky description of about 15 words. We will publish some of the best captions in the following week’s edition. Take part in the first round here (submission deadline for the first round: September 1, 6pm).

Brain Game: We start with a group of ten participants in this game. Each week, we give them one question to answer, and they must flex their creativity in their responses. In the past, we’ve had questions such as, “If you could create a variety show, what would it be about?” We eliminate one contestant each week until we have a winner nine weeks later. The winner will receive a prize in the end. Fill out this form to take part (application deadline: September 1, 6pm).

Face Off: Each week, two of our readers debate a hot topic in a debate that doesn’t necessarily reflect their personal viewpoint. If you like discussing controversial questions, commenting on current events or arguing with your teachers about whether you should be allowed to sleep in class, this page is for you. Join the debate here.

Top 10: Test your expressiveness in response to our weekly questions, and we’ll reward your originality by publishing the top 10 most interesting answers. Click here to share your response (submission deadline for the first round: September 1, 6pm).

Asking for a friend: Need an answer to a personal question that you’ve never mustered the courage to ask? We’ve been there. Whether it’s about family issues, school, or your social life, share your worries with us. We have invited clinical psychologists from the Department of Health to help answer your questions. Don’t worry, you will remain anonymous! Talk to us here.

Young Post cadets and staff visit the Facebook office in Hong Kong. Photo: Heidi Yeung

3. Learning, games and entertainment

Study Buddy and Listen Up will be back starting from September to help you hone your comprehension skills. Use the linked Kahoot! games to challenge classmates, teachers and even your parents.

Hot Topics will continue covering current events with questions to level-up your thinking and a glossary to explain tricky words and new concepts.

On our Trending page, read reviews of the latest films, fashion trends, and video games. Your favourite comics – including Percy the Penguin – will be on our Light Bites pages.

The Sup Sup Sui page will be there to help you learn how to explain Chinese idioms and Cantonese slang in English. On our new page, The Lens, you can break down important stories and events using award-winning infographics from the South China Morning Post.

4. Team YP

We will be renaming the Junior Reporters’ club to Team YP because we want all of you to know that you are part of the YP team! If you haven’t already done so, join our club by filling out this form.

Young Post Junior Reporter Award 2015 in Ocean Park. Photo: Edward Wong

We will invite you to our online community where you can pitch us story ideas and have them published.

We are so excited about the new Young Post and hope you are too.

Best regards,

Phila Siu

Deputy Editor, Young Post

If you are interested in subscribing to this year’s Young Post, check out our subscription leaflet here.

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