Reginald Chua, Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post

Reg Chua

Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post, Reginald Chua

Reginald Chua is a journalist that’s has worked through all different mediums including print, online, radio and television. A native Singaporean, he received both Master’s and Bachelor’s in the United States. He graduated with a M.A. in Journalism from the Columbia University and his B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago.

Currently he is the Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post – the leading English-language newspaper in Hong Kong. Prior to joining the South China Morning Post in 2009, he was a Deputy Managing Editor at The Wall Street Journal, based in New York, where he oversaw the graphics department and guided the development of their computer-assisted reporting abilities.

He started his journalism career as a correspondent in Manila, Philippines and then helped opened the WSJ’s bureau in Hanoi, Vietnam. Chua became the longest-serving editor of the Journal’s Hong Kong-based Asian edition before moving to New York to manage the newsroom. He won a number of awards during this rein such as Society of Publishers in Asia awards for editorial excellence; staff at the paper also won a Pulitzer Prize and an Overseas Press Club of America award.

In addition, to covering the Philippines for the Straits Times, Chua worked at Reuters in Singapore, and was a television and radio journalist at the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation. He’s taught graduate-level classes at Hong Kong University, New York University and Nanyang Technological University on the business models of journalism by using Microsoft Excel as a reporting tool. He has also set up a fellowship for future journalists in the field, bringing one or two promising journalists from Asia to study business and economic reporting at New York University. On his spare time, he runs his own blog on journalism at http://structureofnews.wordpress.com/ where hopes readers will “rethink journalism and the business of journalism from the ground up.”

His blog, appropriately titled Restructuring Journalism, “explores the evolution of information in a digital age – how it’s changed how people access it, how it’s created, and how it’ll be paid for. It looks at how journalism needs to adapt – from the ground up – and fundamentally rethink what journalists do and what they produce.”

His goal with the blog is to facilitate discussion in regards to the future of journalism and its sustainability. This is our media headliner of the week: Reginald Chua.

Edit: In an internal email circulated among staff Friday, the Post said Reginald Chua would resign at the end of March, but did not say why he was leaving The South China Morning Post. The Financial Times reported Monday that Chua had fallen out with the SCMP’s head of business operations, Steven Tan, who was brought in from Kuok’s English-language newspaper in Malaysia, The Star.

According to a report, there may have been tension over the paper’s reporting of sensitive issues in China, with Chua seen as driving harder-hitting coverage of the mainland.

The long-running Hong Kong paper has seen numerous senior personnel changes in recent years with Chua being the seventh editor since 2000.

About Kristie

Kristie Hang holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in Communication Studies and Asian Humanities and is currently finishing her Masters in the Broadcast Journalism program at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, she has lived in Hong Kong, traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia, and studied in Beijing at Tsinghua University as part of the Interuniversity Program for Advanced Chinese Studies. In addition to her current positions as a News Contributor at Annenberg Digital News and a Video Journalist with Annenberg Television News, her media experience includes internships with MTV Networks, CNN International, as well as with the Asia Pacific Institute, where she reported on Asian and Asian-American arts and entertainment. She also enjoys writing about food and travel at her blog, "I Eat Therefore I Am" (http://ate-ate-ate.blogspot.com). She is fluent in Cantonese, English, and Mandarin and whatever is left from four years of spanish.
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