Whether it be questioning top officials, producing breaking news from court, or live-streaming from the ground, HKFP’s hard-working team is on the frontlines of Hong Kong’s political twists and turns every day.

As Hong Kong’s only truly independent English-language outlet, our journalists are in a privileged position help write the first draft of history.

Team HKFP 2023
Executive Editor Mercedes Hutton, Reporter Irene Chan, Photojournalist Kyle Lam, Senior Reporter Kelly Ho, Editor-in-chief Tom Grundy, Reporter James Lee, Reporter Hans Tse, Social Media & Production Editor Shan Chan and Reporter Hillary Leung, and Pixel the dog.

All HKFP team members have a high level of responsibility, independence and complete freedom to chase their own stories. We have no junior staff – everyone is a multi-media journalist, and there is no such thing as a “slow news day.” 

HKFP staffers have gone on to work for outlets such as Agence France-Presse, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNN, the BBC and the Financial Times. If you want to fast-track your career, if you thrive in a fast-paced environment, or wish to help shape the future of the city’s most independent and transparent English-language newsroom, consider applying to join our team.

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Our mission: We aim to be the most independent and credible English-language news source in Greater China. We seek to amplify the voices of the voiceless, not the powerful and will monitor the status of Hong Kong’s core values and freedoms. The HKFP team is fully committed to reporting the facts, without fear, favour or interference. Read our Annual Report.

Desk Reporter (Entry level)

HKFP is seeking an entry-level desk reporter who will be tasked with writing two stories per day from the HKFP office in Kennedy Town – ranging from simple pick-ups to original reporting. Annual appraisals lay out speedy pathways to promotions, pay rises, and more opportunities for field assignments and deployment. This position, to begin immediately, is ideal for a fast-learning, ambitious graduate interested in launching their career in English-language journalism.


  •  English-language fluency and the ability to understand and read Chinese are essential.    
  • Familiarity with the Hong Kong political beat and an eye for news are a must.     
  • Candidates should ideally have knowledge of who’s-who in local politics, as well as some understanding of how the government, legislative and judicial systems work.           
  •  Candidates should be self-directed, full of story ideas and have the ability to write hard news stories with accuracy and speed.  
  •  The ideal candidate would have excellent initiative, time-management and must be a team player.            
  •  Experience with WordPress, Trello, Figma, Premiere and Photoshop would be welcomed, whilst photography and video skills, knowledge of the law, social networking, SEO and analytics would be a bonus.             
  • Candidates must have the right to work – and be based – in Hong Kong.     

 Remuneration and benefits:

 HKFP sets, and often exceeds, industry standards when it comes to pay, conditions, benefits and work-life balance.

  •  A starting salary of HK$18,000.
  •  14-days of leave per annum in the first year, rising to 21 days in the third contract, and 23 days from the fourth year onwards, in addition to all Hong Kong public and statutory holidays. 
  •  Four months maternity; three months paternity leave.   
  •  International healthcare, dental and physio coverage.    
  •  Mental health support options.
  •  A secure work laptop and work phone.      
  •  Monthly Uber credit and travel allowance.          
  •  Staff receive occasional bonuses, as well as Hong Kong Journalists Association membership.         
  •  All staff enjoy weekly opportunities to work remotely from home, or abroad.      
  • HKFP staff enjoy the many benefits of working at the Hive co-working space.       

How to apply:

  • If you meet our requirements, email your CV and covering letter to recruitment@hongkongfp.com – in your covering letter, please tell us about yourself, why you would like to work for HKFP, and how you fit the above requirements.
  • Deadline: Wednesday, January 31st, 2023.
  •  All applications are read and considered. Successful applicants will be contacted within a week of the deadline. HKFP’s recruitment process includes an interview, written tests, reference checks and trial sessions. We encourage applications from candidates from minority backgrounds.

Read more about us here. Read about our impact in our Annual Report.

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