🌊 Independent news loses yet another
Smashing, stealing, and setting the city ablaze on a Sunday.
Welcome to the first Monday of 2022.
Every day I get to write High Tide is a day I don’t take for granted. If you’re a reader that means you follow the news, which means you’re aware of the precipice on which we teeter on the edge of here at Harbour Times.
Last year in the summer I was selected to participate in the MJ Bear Fellowship, which recognises “stand-out journalists under age 30 pushing innovation in digital news”. During this year-long experience, I was given the opportunity to learn from experienced journalists while receiving support from the talented folks in my cohort along with the rest of the Online News Association (ONA) network.
To have been acknowledged for the work I do at HT as being some of the best in innovative digital news is, to me, as unbelievable as it is encouraging. Regardless of my imposter syndrome, the work Cyril and I pour into this project is immense – but it’s hardly sustainable. We’ve managed to make it this far, but with HK’s media landscape looking the way it is, we’re going to need the help of our readers more than ever.
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On Today’s Tide
Media | Another independent local news outlet closes its shutters.
COVID-19 | Not enough quarantine rooms for foreign domestic workers.
Events | Be a part of Hong Kong’s social impact system!
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Crime | Man unhinged terrorises Kowloon City.
Politics | Artist denies “strange” claims that Pillar of Shame is about Oklahoma.
Diplomat | Scholarship opportunity to study in France with the French Consulate.
Citizen News calling it quits after Stand News shutdown
Just days after Stand News ended the publication’s operations, another independent news outlet announced that it would close its doors as well.
Citizen News, a Chinese news outlet founded in 2017, said Tuesday will be its last day due to the "deteriorating media environment" in the SAR. While tomorrow will be its last, Citizen News said that the website will be coming down at a future date.
“We all love this place, deeply. Regrettably, what was ahead of us is not just pouring rains or blowing winds, but hurricanes and tsunamis.
We have never forgotten our original intent. Sadly, we can no longer strive to turn our beliefs into reality without fear because of the sea change in the society over the past two years and the deteriorating media environment.
At the centre of a brewing storm, we found ourself in a critical situation. In the face of a crisis, we must ensure the safety and well-being of everyone who is on board.”
— Citizen News
Did you read Citizen News? If so, will you miss them? Let us know in our comments.
Three separate lockdowns come out COVID-free
After reports of Cathay Pacific aircrew testing positive for COVID triggered overnight lockdowns in Ma On Shan, North Point and Tung Chung, results show that no cases have been found in relation to these infections.
Meanwhile, the Secretary for Labour and Welfare warned that Hong Kong’s shortage of quarantine hotel rooms for foreign domestic helpers may have a negative impact on the city’s economic recovery.
New cases: 26
Active cases: 266
Of the 26 new cases, 17 are asymptomatic, 25 are imported (one possibly imported).
Testing is required for those who have been present at 19 specified locations over certain periods of time. Check out the list of places in Annex 1.
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Cross-Sectors Collaborations and the Social Impact Ecosystem in Hong Kong
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Man steals, smashes, and sets items ablaze in Kowloon City
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