Joyce Lau named breaking news editor for The Washington Post’s Seoul hub


Announcement from Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl, Deputy Foreign Editor Jennifer Amur and Seoul Hub Global Breaking News Editor Kendra Nichols:

We are very happy to announce that Joyce Lau will join The Post as a breaking news editor in our hub in Seoul.

Joyce is a deeply experienced editor who spent a dozen years at the New York Times’ Asia headquarters in Hong Kong and has also worked for other publications. She has been a copy editor, Sunday assignment editor, page one editor and higher education editor, showing a nimbleness that will serve her well in her latest role.

Joyce will be part of a rapidly expanding team that covers the most urgent and interesting stories that break anywhere in the world during the Asia day. The Seoul hub is part of a round-the-clock relay in which responsibilities are handed off from Seoul to London to Washington to deliver timely, quality coverage to our global audience 24 hours a day.

These breaking news hubs have become integral to The Post’s newsroom since their launch a year ago. Joyce joins us as part of an expansion under which the Seoul and London operations will grow by 40 percent this year, to 14 full-time staffers in each location.

Joyce is returning to a newsroom after taking a break to raise her children. She recently completed a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Hong Kong, and she has also worked as Asia editor for Times Higher Education, the U.K.-based publication.

Joyce grew up in Canada and the United States but has spent most of her professional life in Hong Kong. Before joining the Times, she was arts editor at the South China Morning Post. She studied English literature at McGill and was a fellow at Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. She speaks fluent Cantonese and conversational French.

Joyce will start work on Oct. 17. She will work remotely from Hong Kong until the end of the year, when she will relocate to Seoul.

Source: E&P