Hong Kong Becomes Fertile Ground for Online News Startups | At least five news websites opened in the past 12 months with success says the report — VOA News com

Screenshots represent four Hong Kong online news organizations.

Screenshots represent four Hong Kong online news organizations.

The latest Hong Kong summer blockbuster is not about kung fu fighters, triads or Canto-pop love interests. Instead The Menu, which opens today, is about online journalists.

Its dramatic trailer starts with a rather dire pronouncement — “Print is almost dead” — followed by action shots of digital reporters fighting for stories and clicks.

The Menu, though fictional, reflects the growing interest young Hong Kongers have in both politics and the media.

This former British colony, with freedoms and a worldliness not found in the rest of China, has become fertile ground for online news startsups. According to the Hong Kong Journalists Association, at least five news websites have opened in the past 12 months.

Big ambitions

In only its first year, Initium (端传媒) has attracted 3 million unique users a month, launched an app that’s been downloaded 150,000 times, and hired 70 staff in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Europe and the United States.

Annie Zhang, Initium Chief Editor

Annie Zhang, Initium Chief Editor

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“We produce ‘normal’ news. We don’t want to deal with censorship or fighting with the government.”

Read full on: VOA News com

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