Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) held a naming ceremony for the Dorothy Shen Wong News Studio on 22 April. The event recognised the recent generous donation of HK$50 million from Professor Raymond R Wong, a veteran journalist and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Social Sciences from HKBU, for the establishment of the Dorothy Shen Wong Memorial Fund, which is designated for the strategic development of the University’s School of Communication.
The naming ceremony was officiated by Professor Wong together with Professor Alexander Wai Ping-kong, President and Vice-Chancellor, and Professor Huang Yu, Associate Vice-President (Mainland) and Dean of the School of Communication at HKBU.
Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Wong thanked HKBU for naming the Studio after his late wife. He said that HKBU was where he met his wife, and their relationship with the University will continue. “I hope that broadcast journalists who have access to this wonderful facility will be inspired to know that to be a broadcaster is not a shortcut to notoriety or becoming a star of entertainment news, but it is to use the media in the best way possible to serve the people of Hong Kong, China and the world,” he said.
The Dorothy Shen Wong News Studio is located on the seventh floor of the Lee Shau Kee Communication and Visual Arts Building. The state-of-the-art equipment in The Studio supports teaching and helps students learn about TV and radio news broadcasting. Besides in-class practice and broadcast-related assignments, students can use the Studio to produce and broadcast newscasts for the Broadcast News Network, a Chinese news channel.
Professor Wong’s donation is the biggest single gift the School of Communication has ever received, and it has led to the establishment of the Dorothy Shen Wong Memorial Fund in loving memory of his wife. The Fund will be used to set up the first-ever Endowed Professorship in Media Ethics in Hong Kong, the first-ever Professional Journalism Fellowship at HKBU, and scholarships to help students acquire global exposure. It will also enable the School to organise signature events such as international summits, distinguished lecture series, master classes and training workshops.