Hong Kong Free Press has completed its expansion, with the newsroom more than doubling in size since its 2020 relaunch.
Our team of nine experienced journalists now includes a dedicated editor, photojournalist and social media/production manager, providing more capacity for original, award-winning reporting. The investments were made possible by HKFP’s monthly Patrons, who provide regular, sustained support to protect our independence and press freedom.
HKFP has an impartial stance, transparent funding, and balanced coverage guided by an Ethics Code and Corrections Policy.
Aside from receiving a 100 per cent credibility rating from Newsguard, HKFP is also undergoing assessments this year to gain two more credibility hallmarks, as we expand our ethical guidelines and standards.
The latest recruits to take their seats at our new Kennedy Town newsroom are: award-winning journalist Irene Chan; Hans Tse, who has an academic research background; and James Lee, who joined us from The Standard. Together, they form our new, frontline reporting team. And Social Media and Production Manager Shan Chan will be bringing both a journalistic and marketing background to the team.
How we make the news
What does a day in the life of an HKFP journalist look like? How do we select stories, deploy and assign staff? How are deeper features planned, sourced and developed? And how does HKFP continue to operate in an ever-changing city? Watch our new “behind the scenes” video to see how HKFP makes the news…
Meet the team:
We need your support
Our team is dedicated to remaining on-the-ground, amongst Hongkongers, as the city’s only English-language independent news outlet. Powered by reader support, we are dedicated to safeguarding the remaining space for press freedom, monitoring the courts and legislature, and asking tough questions of officials. Key to HKFP’s longevity has been our strict impartial stance, our commitment to accuracy, and our unprecedented level of financial transparency as a non-profit.
However, HKFP’s expansion was hindered for a year by a government visa refusal, and the newsroom now faces rising costs and declining revenue amid a population exodus, waning interest in local news and new PayPal requirements.
Despite a years-long funding crisis in media, we have vowed never to install a paywall and we rely on our monthly Patrons to help keep HKFP free to read for those who can’t afford to chip in. The price of a weekly coffee will help us keep the lights on and return to sustainability.
We accept most payment methods – join us as a HK$150+ per month contributor, and receive a free tote bag and pen.