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Elverina Hidayati Profile 2023

Elverina Hidayati




Hong Kong Baptist University
Hong Kong SAR
Master of Arts in International Journalism Studies, Class of 2022


Associate Producer
South China Morning Post, Hong Kong SAR

“The Hinrich Foundation Scholarship will allow me to explore in-depth reporting on climate, sustainability and connect millions of people in remote locations to promote economic growth between our home nations through my journalistic work.”

Scholar background

Elverina has ten years of professional experience in the broadcast media industry. Currently, she works as a freelance journalist, mainly as an Associate Productor for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. In addition, she writes for the Asia Business Law Journal.

Previously, Elverina was an Assignment Director for MetroTV, one of the leading television networks in Indonesia. She was responsible for assigning stories to reporters and managing one of the national news teams producing live reports relating to law, politics, corruption, and economic issues.

Elverina completed her Bachelor of News Production Management at MMTC Yogyakarta University in Indonesia and achieved an MA in International Journalism Studies from Hong Kong Baptist University as a Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholar in 2022.

Personal statement

Chasing breaking news is an adrenaline rush, it's fun and exciting but it can be shallow. After many years of following the 24 hour news cycle I am ready to return to my roots of Investigative journalism. Producing long form content that can explore topics in depth. This Master of Arts and the Hinrich Foundation scholarship will give me time and space to explore projects in depth and areas of academic study I have put on the back burner.

The digital revolution has changed both the way we consume journalism but also the way it is funded. On the one hand, investigative journalism departments are being shut down or defunded, but on the other, you have millions of people listening to a multiple-edition 12-hour podcast doing a deep dive into a single murder case. Niche interests on a global scale can gain a very large viewership. This long tail can help fund high quality journalism in the future. And new funding models are a topic I am excited to discuss with my peers in the University and at the Hinrich Foundation.

Upon completion of this Master of Arts in Hong Kong Baptist University, I will focus on longer form in depth reporting on trade, sustainability, climate change and natural disasters. I hope, through this journalistic work, we can connect millions of people in remote locations and promote economic growth between our home nations.