Sept 30: Industry Talk – Rethinking Journalism

Reg Chua, the Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post, will talk about the changing editorial direction of newspapers in the face of a new media ecosystem.

Reg Chua, Editor-in-Chief SCMP

Rethinking Journalism: Embracing the New Realities and Opportunities will be held in the Foundation Chamber, Eliot Hall from 5-6pm on Thursday 30 September.

It is the latest in an ongoing series of the JMSC’s Industry Talks in which representatives of leading news organisations and media employers come to campus to talk about the current media market and the future of journalism.

About the talk:
The world of journalism is changing as bloggers, advocacy groups and NGOs take on news roles and media organisations cut back as traditional business models crumble. Readers are increasingly turning to aggregators, social networks and wikis for information and new technologies are transforming the way journalists work.

Reg Chua will discuss the challenges that lie ahead but also the opportunities these changes will provide both for journalists and for media organizations.

How will newspapers and media organizations have to change to survive and thrive in this environment? What might the new media world look like, and what place will journalists have in it? What new skills will be needed to succeed? Who will pay the bills? And more importantly, what role will journalism play in a society where anyone can publish and information is increasingly available, and how can and should it fulfill its public interest mission?

About the Speaker:
Reg Chua is the Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post, responsible for the editorial direction and newsroom operations of the Hong Kong-based newspaper.

Prior to joining the SCMP in July 2009, Reg was a Deputy Managing Editor at The Wall Street Journal, based in New York, where he led development of the Journal’s computer-assisted reporting capabilities and oversaw the paper’s graphics team. He began a 16-year career at the Journal as a correspondent in Manila, opened the paper’s bureau in Hanoi, and then become the longest-serving editor of the Journal’s Hong Kong-based Asian edition. He’s also worked at Reuters, The Straits Times in Singapore and the then Singapore Broadcasting Corp.

A native of Singapore, Reg graduated with a Master in Journalism from Columbia University and a Bachelor in Mathematics from the University of Chicago. He has taught undergraduate- and graduate-level journalism classes at The University of Hong Kong, Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, and New York University.

All welcome.

Note Venue change for this event.  It will now be held at T4 Meng Wah Complex, The University of Hong Kong.