The Newspaper Society of Hong Kong was set up on May 10, 1954 by Hong Kong's four largest newspapers at the time - Kung Sheung Yat Po, Wah Kiu Yat Po, Sing Tao Jih Pao and South China Morning Post. The mission of the Society is to foster cooperation within the newspaper industry and promote the progress and welfare of members. Over the years, the Society's membership has grown from 4 to 14.
In its early days, the Society organised competitions to recognise the outstanding performance of news photographers and reporters. Over time, as the contents of newspapers have become more professional and diversified, those competitions evolved to become the Hong Kong News Awards. New awards introduced in recent years included Best News Page Design and Best Science Reporting. The Hong Kong News Awards 2016 gives out a total of 75 awards.
The Society regularly organises study trips to facilitate exchanges with counterparts from outside Hong Kong. From time to time, distinguished members of the community are invited to speak on issues of topical concern at luncheons. The Society has also been actively involved in reflecting the industry's views on legislation affecting the media. For example, study groups were set up to collate the industry's opinions on bills on copyright and stalking. The Society contributed to the establishment of the Hong Kong Press Council.
Currently, the Society is working with advertising associations to explore the feasibility of introducing Computer-to-Plate technology.
The website of The Newspaper Society of Hong Kong was launched on April 10, 2006.