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Abiding demands for journalists in the newspaper twilight years

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--105164 2012年9月26日 (三) 00:38 (UTC)

Abiding demands for journalists in the newspaper twilight years


HONG KONG, SEPT 25 - Hong Kong Economic Journal Executive Chief Editor Tim Chan perceived newspapers as a sunset industry but he held a good view on pursuing the future career as a journalist.


The Hong Kong Economic Journal, which was first published in 1973, has experienced a decrese in the number of readers after raising their price over 30%.


“The number of people reading the newspaper is decreasing at an abrupt way under the rapid expansion of new media,” said Chan.


He recalled that media firms used to compete with each other by researching the number of potential subscribers. However, he reminisced that his former media firm had once cooperated with local universities on a newspaper subscription scheme in recent years, for which discounted newspapers would be provided for ordering. Nevertheless, the scheme was finally put to an end after a year as there were only 4 subscriptions in total.


Despite the fact that the newspaper is now declining, Chan held an optimistic attitude towards the journalism field.


“Journalists are still in high demand. Once there is a need of information, there is a market.” Chan said.


He commented that the demand of information has been increasing as there have been more channels for obtaining news. Compared to the past, people will check for information every half an hour, not just watching the 6:30 news report or buying a newspaper the next day.


He also suggested that it is not important which form of media people use to get information, it is how often they can obtain the most updated piece of information.


Nowadays, the web version of the Hong Kong Economic Journal has over 8,000 subscribers. The above figure fascinated Chan and he described it as an unavoidable trend since the market needs more than news.

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