Thanx for the responses.
goodkarm, at present I'm trying to find a traineeship at one of the newspapers in my local area (South-East Scotland). This would be a two-year affair where I would be a general assignment journalist, covering court sessions, local council meetings, silver weddings, local festivals, rugby matches and the like. I'd sit the National Certificate Examinations at the end of this, confirming my satus as a journo.
After that I want to move into specialised business journalism. I'm particularly interested in the energy and transport sectors. Alternatively, I have been an F1 fan since I was about seven, have an encyclopedic knowledge of the sport and if the chance came up to write about F1 I would probably take it. This kind of career move though would neccessitate moving though, which is where Hong Kong comes in.
To get a job reporting on the above I would have to write for The Scotsman in Edinburgh or a London newspaper. I dislike Edinburgh as a city and positively loathe London, so neither of these are particularly appealing places of work for me. I lived in Nanjing for a year after university, liked it enormously and decided that I would like to build my career in China. HK seems to be the ideal place as it has a well-established English media.
I understand that I will need to grit my teeth and work in London or Embra for a couple of years before I would realisically get anywhere in HK.
I hope this is the exposition you were looking for goodkarma.
One further question, do the SCMP, Standard, etc prefer their staff to already be in HK before they are hired?