Club Lunch: Starting a News Website from Scratch: Trials, Traumas and Triumphs
Monday, August 31, 2015
12:30pm for 12:45pm – lunch
1:15pm – address
Speaker: Mr. Tom Grundy
Editor-In-Chief/Co-Founder, Hong Kong Free Press
After a round of crowdfunding and much publicity, Hong Kong Free Press finally ‘went live’ at the end of June 2015. Its team of young reporters had already published over 750 news items, attracting over 300,000 unique visitors and over 1.3 million page views in the website’s first month. Mr. Grundy discussed the problems the company had faced and overcome, the local business and press freedom challenges and the role of social media, analytics and viral content in online news.
Tom was the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hong Kong Free Press, a new, non-profit English-language independent news source for the city. Previously, he ran hongwrong.com, a popular light-hearted news and culture blog. He had a BA in Communications & New Media and was completing an MA in Journalism at the University of Hong Kong. His writing and photography have been featured in Quartz, Global Post, Huffington Post, Ming Pao and others. He had also contributed to BBC World TV, Russia Today, RTHK Radio, Sky News , Channel News Asia etc.