The first news-themed museum in Asia opened in Central yesterday. It not only documents the city’s history as seen by the media, but also serves as an educational facility located in a historic area.
The site was formerly the Bridges Street Market, a Grade Three heritage building which is near where newspapers were printed in early Hong Kong.
The news expo contains exhibits covering the history and development of the region’s newspapers, radio, television and new media.
The exhibition also includes video clips and interviews of local journalists in action during hazardous assignments such as armed stand-offs between police and criminals. There are also sections devoted to coverage of major news stories including the Sichuan Earthquake, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement.
There are studios where visitors may take on the role of a television news anchor and experience what it’s like to report live news.
“In the expo, we will introduce the development of the news in print, radio, television and new media in Hong Kong. We will update our content regularly, which is why we are calling it an expo and not a museum,” said HKNE Chairman Dr Chan Cho-chak.
Officiating the ceremony was Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, she said “This expo will not only allow the public to better understand the work and development of the news media in Hong Kong, but also show the importance Hong Kong places on the work of the media. It will also be a first step in passing on the legacy of local news culture.”
Free admission to the public starts next year. Advance booking required. Register here.