Media and Publishing

Hong Kong is the publishing centre in Asia. The local printing industry provides strong support for the publishing industry, together with a mature communication network conducive to the media development. In addition, the Hong Kong Government policies protect the freedom of the press and speech with a liberal attitude towards the cultural industry. It is an important reason to attract many internationally renowned publications to base in Hong Kong. In recent years, with the development of science and technology, the products of the publishing industry are no longer confined to the print media, and the electronic publishing industry is also a new trend.

Job Title
Duties

Journalists are engaged in the collection of information and news coverage. They are mainly responsible for going to the scene of an incident or interviewing the subject of a news incident and reporting the incident and the actual situation to the public through the media. The main tasks of the journalist are as follows:

  • Cover the news and make a report
  • Data collection
  • Contact interviewees and prepare interview materials
  • Write press releases
Working hours

Irregular working hours according to the need of work

Working environment

Works for newspapers, TV stations, radio stations, magazines, news agencies, internet media, websites, etc.

Personality
Good time management
Be logical
Attention to details
Patient
Responsible
Promotion and reference salary
Journalist
Approximately $10,000-15,000
Experience 0-3 years
Senior journalist
Experience 3 years or above

Note: Promotion and salary vary depending on the news agency , experience and ability

Entry requirements
  • A Higher Diploma / Associate Degree / Registered Post-Secondary College Diploma or above from a Hong Kong institution of higher education
  • A good command of written Chinese and English
  • Familiar with basic computer operation, such as Chinese and English typing, etc
  • Fluent in Cantonese and English
Duties

The copywriter is responsible for writing for different programs or advertisements. The main tasks are as follows:

  • Write, edit, proofread and translate English and Chinese texts for products or programs
  • Write copies for marketing, advertising, media releases, events and other promotional activities
  • Assist in the design and preparation of publicity documents
Working hours

About 45 hours a week

Working environment

Generally work in advertising agencies, television stations, radio stations, Internet media or websites, etc

Personality
Creative
Responsible
Promotion and reference salary
Copywriter
About $11,000-14,000
Experience 0-2 years
Senior copywriter
About $15,000
Experience 3 years or above
Entry requirements
  • A Higher Diploma / Associate Degree / Registered Post-secondary College Diploma or above from a Hong Kong institution of higher learning
  • A good command of written Chinese and English
  • Familiar with basic computer operation, such as Chinese and English typing, etc
  • Fluent in Cantonese and English
Duties

Translation covers a wide range of  aspects, including books, film subtitles, tool manuals, magazines, cartoons, etc. Some professional language translators also perform external or internal translation for the company. The main tasks are as follows:

  • Understand the requirements and contents of the translation and prepare the materials to be used in the translation process
  • Translate a document or material from one language into another language accurately
Working hours

About 45 hours a week

Working environment

Translators are employed full-time or work freelance, usually in public / commercial establishments or home office

Personality
Attention to details
Responsible
Patient
Promotion and reference salary
Translator
Approximately $12,000-15,000
Experience 0-2 years
Senior translator
Approximately from $20,000
Experience 3-5 years

Note: Salary may vary according to the language of translation

Entry requirements
  • A Higher Diploma / Associate Degree / Registered Post-secondary College Diploma or above from a Hong Kong institution of higher education
  • Major in translation or language related is preferred
  • A good command of written Chinese and English
  • Familiar with basic computer operation, such as Chinese and English typing, etc
  • Fluent in Cantonese and English
Duties

The job types of typesetter include graphic design typesetting, book typesetting and typesetting. The following are the main types of work performed by a typesetter:

  • Typing and typesetting, and revision of manuscripts
  • Production of printed manuscripts
  • Arrange book printing
Working hours

About 45 hours a week, may  work in shifts in some financial printing companies

Working environment

General employment in public / commercial organizations

Personality
Patient
Attention to details
Promotion and reference salary
Typesetter
Approximately $10,000-15,000
Experience 0-2 years
Senior typesetter
Approximately from $15,000
Experience 3 year or more
Entry requirements
  • A secondary school graduate or above
  • A good command of both Chinese and English
  • Familiar with basic computer operations
  • Knowledge of typesetting or other design softwares, such as InDesign, AI, Photoshop, etc
Duties

The radio announcer is responsible for conducting radio programmes and behind-the-scenes production, including recording, editing and mixing. The main tasks of the radio announcer are as follows:

  • Host a show
  • Collect information, select material, invite guests, draft programme content and write articles for the programme
  • Programme recording, editing, mixing and production of promotional tapes
  • Organise promotional activities and major events such as outdoor activities and award presentation ceremonies
Working hours

About 45 hours a week with irregular shifts

Working environment

Work at a radio station

Personality
Good communication skills
Responsible
Creative
Promotion and reference salary
Radio announcer
Approximately $12,000-14,000
Experience 0-2 years
Senior radio announcer

Note: The salary may vary according to the  radio station, working experience and ability

Entry requirements
  • A Higher Diploma / Associate Degree / Registered Post-secondary College Diploma or above from a Hong Kong institution of higher education
  • A good command of written Chinese and English
  • Familiar with basic computer operation, such as Chinese and English typing, etc
  • Fluent in Cantonese and English
Duties

The dubbing artists perform in a variety of projects, from completing voice-overs for commercials and movie trailers to portraying various animated characters. They can also record for telephone recording systems and public transport broadcasts. The main tasks of the dubbing artist are as follows:

  • Voice over a character in a movie, television programme, animation, or advertisement
  • Those with high language proficiency also do translation work and write dubbing drafts
Working hours

Hours may vary depending on different  projects, mostly working at night

Working environment

Work in a  recording studio

Personality
Good time management
Creative
Promotion and reference salary
Voice dubbing artist
Senior dubbing artist

Note: The remuneration of a dubbing artist is usually calculated on the basis of the content and  duration of   a project, and may vary according to experience and seniority.

Entry requirements
  • Fluent in Cantonese, English or Putonghua (depending on the role)
  • Able to speak in multiple tones of voices
Examples of related training and courses

Not applicable

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Jackie Cheng-Senior media people (Media Industry)