About the Junior Reporters Club

About the Junior Reporters Club

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Junior reporters out on the field, interviewing subjects for an article.
Photo: Antony Dickson/SCMP

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L-R: Junior reporters Yana Leung and Christine Ling reporting live from the annual Mind Over Matter tournament at German Swiss International School.

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Junior reporter Hemant Bharwaney interviews Mike Shinoda, lead singer of Linkin Park before his concert in Hong Kong.
Photo: Rhea Mogul/SCMP

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Junior reporters before reporting live during the HKDSE exam results.
Photo: Heidi Yeung/SCMP

If you like to write, take photographs or make videos in your free time, have a passion for reporting, have a blog, or just want to share your enthusiasm with the YP community, the Junior Reporters Club is for you. (And if you're not sure how to submit a story to us, here's a handy guide.)

If you join, and hone your skills, you could meet stars and inspiring people, participate in workshops like dim sum making or flight simulation, get up close and personal with professional journalists, write on a regular basis and get your stories published.

Fees

There are none.

How it works

We know you're busy, which is why we don't ask our Junior Reporters for any committment. All you need to do is go to the sign up page and fill in a few basic details. That will put you on our club list, and then you will start to get emails from us. We have workshops and press-previews galore, and if you see one you fancy, sign up. Places are limited, though, and so you might have to gain some experience on some of the less exciting stuff before you get to interview VIPs. Not to worry, we regularly hold workshops to teach you the skills you'll  need. 

From the basics, how to write a news story, to the more pressured "live reporting" you will be able to upskill as you go. Be warned, though, if you are accepted on to an assignment, and you flake (i.e. don't pitch up and let us know only at the last minute) you might find that next time you will have to do a few more basic assignments again.

Who can join?

Anyone, anywhere in the world as long as you are older than 11 and younger than 21. However, if you are not in Hong Kong, you will not be able to take advantage of all the learning we facilitate.

Why there is an age limit

We're sorry if you are too young to join us now, really we are. But there are a whole lot of reasons we have to limit both ends of the age range. 

Which skills are we looking for?

Writers, photographers, filmakers and video editors, reviewers, illustrators, teamplayers, group gatherers, and all creative people. You don't even have to be good at English. In fact, learning to work with news is a great way to polish your English, and meet new friends along the way.

How to join

To register, click HERE

How do I know if my application has been successful?

We usually deal with new applications once a week, so don’t expect an answer straight away. Once we’ve taken care of your application, you will receive a welcome email with more details about the club and we will be asked to fill in some forms to sort out copyright issues. It is very important that you complete those forms and send them to us before you start submitting articles and participating in YP workshops.

If you haven’t received an answer after two weeks, kindly send a reminder to the Reporters Club email at reporters.club@scmp.com

What happens after I apply?

Once your application has been confirmed and you have sent back the forms, you can submit your story ideas by sending an email to reporters.club@scmp.com. Take a look to see how to pitch an idea and other ways to contribute to the newspaper.

Junior reporters can also meet up to discuss their ideas with the YP team. To check when the next editorial meeting is, head over to our events calendar. Reporters are invited to the meeting by email.

During the meeting, you will need to pitch story ideas, so come prepared, with at least three ideas. If we pick your idea, you will then need to organise interviews and sometimes photos for your story. The YP team will give you a deadline according to your school work. It will either be published in the print edition of Young Post or on yp.scmp.com.

Sometimes, just like in a real newsroom, we will assign you stories. If you’re not able to come to the editorial meeting, check your inbox.

Workshops

Young Post usually organises upskill workshops for its junior reporters on public holidays and during school breaks. To check what’s next and sign up, visit the events calendar.

The Junior Reporters Club certificate programme

Certificates of achievement will be awarded to junior reporters who have significantly contributed to Young Post.

There are three levels of awards: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. The certificates will be mailed to junior reporters once they have written a certain number of articles and features.

  Bronze Silver Gold
JR Club Reports 5 10 15
Column contributions (Top 10, Talking Points, etc) 5 10 15
Cover stories or features 1 3 5
News articles 1 3 5

 

Junior Reporters Club Reports

Junior reporters can write a short report about an event organised by Junior Reporters Club. Check out the Junior reporters section for some examples.

Column contributions

Junior reporters can contribute to weekly columns in Young Post, such as Top 10 and Talking Points.

Cover stories or features

If you have a story idea which you think will be interesting for Hong Kong students, then you can pitch your idea in editorial meetings or to the junior reporters’ manager. Your pitch must answer the 5 Ws and 1 H (who, what, when, where, why, how) and explain why you think it’ll be interesting to Hong Kong students.

News articles

As (junior) reporters, you should be on the look-out to report on anything newsworthy happening at your school or around you. You must include in your article what happened, when it happened, where it happened, who was involved, and try to answer why and how it happened. Check out our news section for some examples. 


Tips

You have an idea, but you're not sure it's a good one? You're having some difficulties with your assignment? Seek the YP reporters' team advice and email us at reporters.club@scmp.com

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