Hong Kong Baptist University
Department of Journalism
Our journalism program was founded in 1968, and many of the city’s top media professionals are our journalism graduates. Our department is proud of our long history and works hard to provide one of the top professional and theoretical journalism programs in Asia.
Integration Of Experience
In & Out of The Classroom
We emphasise both theory & practice
Our courses cover everything from multiplatform professional skills and big data to media theory, law and ethics. We nurture and build creative, critical and analytical thinking skills, and graduates of the journalism programme fill many leadership roles in the media industry.
Message From The Department Head
As we move into the Web 3.0 era, our Department of Journalism is meeting the digital challenge by cultivating multi-tasking professional journalists with a global perspective. Apart from core journalistic values and traditional skill sets, it is also our task to guide our students to understand mobile technology, big data, investigative reporting and media convergence.
It is more important than ever for our students to become media-and-information- literate knowledge workers capable of serving the news and information sectors. New technologies are creating unprecedented opportunities for those equipped with the critical and creative thinking skills needed for bold storytelling.
Our Department embraces the educational principles of experiential and active learning. We strive to provide a free and open environment so students can learn by doing and are not afraid to experiment. They are expected to study, research, report breaking news, investigate, publish news magazines and grow both personally and academically. Diverse opportunities allow students to put theory into practice through internships, exchange programs, workshops and reporting field trips. When they finish their four years with us, I hope they are equipped not only with rich journalistic skills but also with sophisticated conceptual capabilities.
Our faculty members are enthusiastic in conducting research projects that inform teaching in the digital age and contribute to the theoretical building of new paradigms of journalism and communication.
It is no longer enough to prepare students for traditional jobs. Our young people need the imagination, confidence, thinking skills and drive to create their own opportunities in a world that changes by the minute.
We are proud to be training tomorrow’s passionate journalists and information professionals.
Alice Y. L. Lee
Head of the Journalism Department
Journalism was the first course offered by the Department of Communication when it was founded in 1968, and remains the best-known course in the university. The course became a Department of its own within the new School of Communication in 1991. Today, our four-year Bachelor of Communication degree offers journalism majors three concentrations: Chinese Journalism, Financial Journalism & International Journalism.
Hong Kong Baptist College is founded in Kowloon Tong.
The Department of Communication is founded with Journalism as one of three diploma courses offered.
The experimental student newspapers – The Young Reporter and San Po Yan – are first published in English and Chinese. Today, these are the longest running student-run newspapers in Hong Kong.
The Young Broadcaster, the first closed-circuit, campus-based TV broadcasting channel in Asia, is established. Today, broadcast students produce newscasts on student-run network BNN.
The Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Communication is launched. Journalism is established as a major.
Hong Kong Baptist College becomes Hong Kong Baptist University, now one of eight publicaly funded universities in Hong Kong.
The Institute for Journalism and Society is founded and the first Pulitzer Prize Winners Workshop is launched. The MA in International Journalism Studies programme is also launched.
The Communication and Visual Arts building is opened with 11 stories and more than 9,000 sq. feet. Journalism students attend most of their courses here.
The university changes from a three-year programme to a four-year programme. Journalism students can now choose to focus on Chinese, International or Financial Journalism.
The first HKBU-SOPA Award Winners Forum & Financial Journalism Programme are launched.
The Data & News Society formed to promote the collaboration of data and news.
Our state-of-the-art broadcast studio has live broadcast TV and Radio capabilities. Students use the studio for in-class practice, assignments and for publishing news broadcasts for student media.