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Major Required Courses
School Core Courses

COMM 1015 Introduction to Media and Communication
The purpose of this course is to introduce students who have had no prior experience with the field of communication to its diverse areas of study and its fundamental concepts. The course introduces different aspects of communication that includes interpersonal, intercultural, and mediated communication. Two types of mediated communication—journalism and film—will be covered by looking at their structures and principles and their roles in the society. It will provide a common foundation for students in the School of Communication by presenting a coherent vocabulary for talking about communication. By taking this course, students will be able to identify, describe, and analyse communicative events around them and to respond in appropriate and effective ways.

COMM 1016 Ethics, Law and Communication
This course provides some basic knowledge of laws affecting the practice of media and communication workers. It also examines the ethical issues involved in communication. There’s more to our professions than just the ‘how to’. There are questions about and challenges to what we do every day. These are not just questions of what legally we can and can’t do, but what we should and shouldn’t do. We will look at the issues you will face on the job every day, and have to make quick judgment calls about. This course will examine and debate those issues and decide where you stand, so when you are faced with a pressure situation, you can make a quick and ethical decision so that you can become an ethical communicator regarding traditional and/or on-line media. We will examine the ethical theories of a variety of thinkers/writers and see what light they shed on the topic of living and communicating with integrity. Codes of practice in different communication contexts will also be analysed.

COMM 1017 Multimedia Storytelling
This course will introduce the principles of multimedia storytelling across different means of communication with visual media. Students will learn photography, videography and visual representation, as well as on-camera interviewing techniques, to produce visual content for completing a multimedia story in journalism, film, public relations or communications, on the web and on social media platforms. Lectures and workshops are designed for students with little knowledge of art to understand how images tell stories through active discussions, analysis on film narratives, interviewing workshops, storyboard, and post-editing exercises.

Choose one from the following three courses:

COMM 2017 Visual Communication
This course introduces the basic knowledge of visual principles and their cultural and originative contexts. Students will identify visual communication as a form of non-verbal communications. The functions of visual design and its cognitive usage and context will be expressed and analysed. Examples of art and design will be employed to illustrate the different ideas and design approaches. In addition, students need to study and identify the functions and development of visual practices and technological movement and its applications. This course will also facilitate students to express their own findings through visual studies. Eventually students will be able to appreciate good visual practices and understand the aesthetics of visual communication in our everyday lives.

COMM 2026 Nonverbal Communication
Nonverbal behaviour is examined as part of the package of interacting signals that are fundamental to interpersonal, group, and all forms of mediated communication. Surveys of the major divisions of kinesics, proxemics, artifactual, chronemics, and paralinguistics are supplemented with published scholarship in the comparatively minor areas of tactile, environmental, and olfactory research. Cross-cultural implications are explored. Primary emphasis is placed on the practicalities for the communication professional who designs as well as interprets signs. A research project gives practical experience for methodically recording naturalistic observation.

COMM 2027 AI and Digital Communication
In the age of digital media, the increasing presence of artificial intelligence (AI, hereafter) is changing the landscape of media and communication industry. The applications include data-driven digital marketing, toys and gaming, AI and multimedia production, automatic customer service, computational news production, machine learning, recommender systems, search engines, among others. Meanwhile, the “dark sides” of these emerging technologies also come to the fore, such as fake news, algorithm-confounded audience polarization, privacy protection, surveillance society, the dampening news professionalism, and the enlarging digital divide.
As an introductory and interdisciplinary course, this course first introduces the basic concepts, theories, and state-of-the-art techniques of AI as an overview. It then elaborates several domains of applications of AI in media and communication context, followed by a critical reflection on AI. Students are expected to understand the basic principles of AI, and how AI is changing the media and communication process. They will also be equipped with an interdisciplinary and crucial perspective, and making sense of new technologies’ social, cultural, and political implications, in both global and local contexts.

Major Core Courses
JOUR 2005 Broadcast Reporting and Production
This is an introductory course which provides students with the basic practical background required to produce broadcast news in for radio and television. The emphasis is on mastery in visual and audio storytelling, use of recording equipment and the relevant software.

JOUR 2077 Chinese News Reporting and Writing
This course introduces the principles and techniques of selecting and presenting information in a style appropriate to print journalism in Chinese. Emphasis is put on stimulating the students’ interest in social events around them. Reference is made to the local context in the discussion of the news language.

JOUR 2085 English News Reporting and Writing
This course introduces students to the basic journalistic principles and the skills and techniques of news and feature writing in English to form the foundation upon which the professional four-year journalism programme is built. The course prepares students for more advanced forms of journalism taught in later classes and for their future work on print and online student publications, their internship and honours project.

JOUR 2086 Multiplatform Journalism
This course aims to equip students with the tools needed to create works of journalism across platforms. Students will report and create story packages using text, audio, video, photos and graphics and also edit stories using relevant software for distribution online, including websites and social media. This course will foster students’ story-telling and critical-thinking skills as they learn to choose appropriate platforms, integrate multimedia content and apply traditional reporting methods to new technology. Students will also create an online portfolio of original journalism work to be used throughout their four-year studies, in particular when applying for internships in year three.

JOUR 2116 Finance and Economics for Journalists
This course introduces students to the basic knowledge in finance and economics that a journalist should know. The course also teaches students the basic skills and techniques of financial news writing.

JOUR 3137 Communication Theory
This course examines various theoretical perspectives and practices regarding the performance, role, functions, and effects of journalism and media in modern society. It has three primary tasks: a) to provide a basic understanding of journalism and mass media as social institutions; b) to give students an ability to critically evaluate the interplay between journalism and the larger socio-political environment; and c) to enhance students’ knowledge about the production, content, meaning, and impact of news.

JOUR 3157 Law and Ethics for Journalists
This subject provides some basic knowledge of laws affecting the practice of journalism. It will also cover major ethical issues faced by local journalists. Its emphasis is on current developments and trends in Hong Kong.

JOUR 4007 Research Methods in Communication
As a communication professional, you may have to conduct research yourself, commission research from others or evaluate the methods and results of others’ research. These needs mean that you will need to understand not only how research is done but also what distinguishes good research from bad. A practical way to think about research is to assume that based on research findings you will be recommending that your organisation launch a million dollar communication campaign, or a new magazine or social media initiative. What would you want to know about the research on which you are basing your recommendation?
This course is designed to introduce you to the basics of communication research and to develop your ability to conduct and evaluate research. We will look at the methods commonly used in human communication research and the assumptions that underpin research design. There will be an opportunity to design and implement research projects, to analyse data and to report results in the professional format expected of scholarly researchers.

JOUR 4015 Journalism Internship
All Journalism students are encouraged to undertake a non-graded and zero-credit professional internship. The internship is normally of at least two months full-time employment or professional practice during the summer between the third and fourth years but it can be a minimum of 160 hours of work. Students are required to conform to all reasonable requirements of their internship employer. Both the employer and the student file reports with the Journalism Department after the internship. Chinese Journalism students are expected to take their internship in the Chinese-language media or broadcast news organizations and International Journalism students to take theirs in the English-language media. The department will do its best to help students who wish to intern overseas but cannot promise help with travel or other expenses.

Chinese Journalism Required Courses
JOUR 2046 Advanced Writing and Investigative Reporting (Chinese)
This course provides a systematic, comprehensive survey of the principles and techniques of gathering news and presenting information for Print Journalism in Chinese. Emphasis is put on developing the students’ original, creative and critical eye for what makes news. Through practical writing exercises, this course also examines the creative requirements and the special techniques required in good feature writing in Chinese. Students will learn to master and apply basic investigative tools and techniques to their own stories. The course also guides the students to develop a systematic approach to reporting and producing investigative stories. Attention is also paid to the local context to establish the basic knowledge required for professional journalists in Hong Kong.

JOUR 3245 Journalism Practicum I (Chinese)
Students learn to report, edit and produce the experimental newspaper San Po Yan in Chinese and manage its associated digital news platforms.

JOUR 3246 Journalism Practicum II (Chinese)
Students learn to report, edit and produce the experimental newspaper San Po Yan in Chinese and manage its associated digital news platforms.

JOUR 4005 Theory and Practice of Journalism in Greater China
This course provides a systematic interpretation of the structure, performance and problems of the press in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan since 1949. It offers theoretical and historical analyses of major issues related to the press and news reporting. While institutional constraint and inertia in the development of journalism are accounted for, the agents and dynamics of change are identified and discussed. It will enable students to understand the role of the press and its potential changes in the context of China’s continuing development.

For Broadcast Journalism Stream:
JOUR 2095 Advanced Broadcast Production and Investigative Reporting
This course introduces the style, formats and production techniques of the more complex types of broadcast journalism including major event coverage, overseas coverage, unplanned event coverage and using broadcast techniques to produce content of an investigative nature. It also helps students develop knowledge about selected “news beats” in broadcast journalism by exposing students to relevant news sources, policies, and key issues of the beats. The course also aims at enhancing students’ ability in research, interviewing, writing, and editing broadcast news stories, particularly in the context of the new media environment in Hong Kong. This course is a core for Broadcast Journalism students while an elective course for other journalism concentration students.

JOUR 3047 News Anchoring
This course provides basic training in news anchoring. It introduces the role of a news anchor and equips students with related professional skills including pronunciation, on-camera performance, use of autocue or teleprompter, conducting interviews and note-taking, image building, news wrapping up and news ad-libbing. Special emphasis is given to acquiring hands-on experience of news anchoring. This is a core course for Broadcast Journalism concentration students.
JOUR 3265 Journalism Practicum (Broadcast)
Students learn how to report for the Broadcast News Network (BNN), an experimental broadcast news channel that transmits regular news casts, and its associated digital news platforms. Reporting will be for sound, video and online media.

For Financial Journalism Stream:
JOUR 3165 Unlocking Financial Statements
The course delivers practical knowledge that will equip students to understand and analyse different financial statements. Emphasis will be made on how to discover the irregularities and manipulations in the financial statements.

JOUR 3166 Strategic Investments and Contemporary Economics
The course delivers practical knowledge making students to understand and able to analyse different types of investments. The course also equips students with contemporary economic knowledge to interpret the current local and international economic issues.

JOUR 3266 Journalism Practicum (Finance)
This course aims to develop students’ skills in financial newspaper production and financial news website management through working as reporters and editors for the print and online editions of The Young Financial Post, the Department’s student financial newspaper and its associated digital financial news platforms.

For General Stream:
JOUR 3247 Journalism Practicum III (Chinese)
Students learn to report, edit and produce the experimental newspaper San Po Yan in Chinese and manage its associated digital news platforms.

Honours Project
JOUR 4865 Honours Project in Chinese Journalism
In this course students integrate theory and practice by either producing a substantial piece of individually produced Journalism/Broadcast Journalism; or an academic dissertation. In either case the Honours Project is a means of engaging the student in a piece of independent research that provides an analytical and critical evaluation of an idea. The course tests research and professional skills as well as the ability to apply theoretical insights.

Major Elective Courses*
JOUR 2105 Visual Journalism
To enhance student’s awareness of the possibilities, as well as the limitations, of images in news reporting, and to develop their ability in producing multi-media report of news events independently. In response to the digital technology that has become widely used in today’s news business, this course will equip students with basic knowledge in handling, transmitting and preserving the quality of image files captured by digital imagery devices as well as mastering the basis of multi-media news presentation.

JOUR 2046 Advanced Writing and Investigative Reporting (Chinese)
This course provides a systematic, comprehensive survey of the principles and techniques of gathering news and presenting information for Print Journalism in Chinese. Emphasis is put on developing the students’ original, creative and critical eye for what makes news. Through practical writing exercises, this course also examines the creative requirements and the special techniques required in good feature writing in Chinese. Students will learn to master and apply basic investigative tools and techniques to their own stories. The course also guides the students to develop a systematic approach to reporting and producing investigative stories. Attention is also paid to the local context to establish the basic knowledge required for professional journalists in Hong Kong.

JOUR 2076 Data Journalism
With vast amounts of data now openly accessible online, and the new infographic technologies available to visualize data, news media are increasingly making use of these valuable mines of data to source and produce their stories. Data journalism – the use of numerical data in the production and distribution of news – is an emerging subarea in our field. This course is not just about dull statistics or dreary numbers. The aim of the course is to examine data journalism at its core through case studies and hands-on practice of data skills. Throughout the course, students will learn how to conceptualize, design, visualize, and produce data-based news stories using visualization tools. Students will end the semester by creating an interactive piece of data journalism.

JOUR 2095 Advanced Broadcast Production and Investigative Reporting
This course introduces the style, formats and production techniques of the more complex types of broadcast journalism including major event coverage, overseas coverage, unplanned event coverage and using broadcast techniques to produce content of an investigative nature. It also helps students develop knowledge about selected “news beats” in broadcast journalism by exposing students to relevant news sources, policies, and key issues of the beats. The course also aims at enhancing students’ ability in research, interviewing, writing, and editing broadcast news stories, particularly in the context of the new media environment in Hong Kong. This course is a core for Broadcast Journalism students while an elective course for other journalism concentration students.

JOUR 2096 Advanced News and Feature Writing (English)
This course builds on the first professional English news writing course and aims to provide advanced skills in the principles and techniques of finding, gathering and presenting information in English for news and feature writing and reporting. Students are also introduced to specialized reporting and covering beats, with special attention paid to the local context to establish the knowledge required for the journalism profession in Hong Kong and the skills needed to localize an international issue. Students are also introduced to more complex forms of news writing including longform stories. The course is designed to provide information and support for students in their concurrent work in their J-lab reporting work, as well as to help prepare students for their internships and honours projects.

JOUR 2097 Advanced News and Feature Writing (Finance)
This course equips students with the basic knowledge of investment vehicles to prepare them for working as financial journalists. After acquiring the basic investment knowledge, students are taught how to write different financial news, such as corporate financing, company earnings and economic stories.

JOUR 2106 Data Visualization
Data journalism draws on a wide variety of skills – from simple data collection to statistical analysis to graphic design to coding and programming. It is impossible to fit everything that ambitious data news projects might need into one semester. Further to the introductory course of data journalism (JOUR2076), this advanced course emphasizes a higher level of understanding of data, including more sophisticated visualization tools for news production. The aim of the course is to examine data journalism at its core through case studies and hands-on practice of data visualization skills. Throughout the course, students will learn how to conceptualize, design, visualize, and produce more sophisticated data-based news stories. Students will end the semester by publishing an interactive data-driven news project. To cope with the industrial trend and market demands, open source web technology will be used as the base for instructing data visualisation. Programming language includes HTML/CSS/Javascript, other technology stack includes Git, NodeJS, Shell.

JOUR 3016 Political Economy for Journalists
This course provide a comprehensive study of the economies and polities from the prospective of greater China (including Taiwan and Hong Kong), hence the basic political and economic frameworks of the three areas and how they interact with one another and other global powers. As these areas becoming challenging spots journalists needed to address nowadays. Some journalistic skills and insights will also be introduced/ shared in the course.

JOUR 3046 Critical Comparative Studies of News Media Systems
This course aims to broaden students’ knowledge of the outcomes of different kinds of politics, economics, history, culture, social organization, and technology on the format of the news media in any one country at any given time. It introduces students to the development and current status of a variety of national (and territorial) news media systems and to the major concepts and theories that have been articulated to explain their individual natures and the differences between them. The course encourages students to critically analyse and compare different news media systems using the theories and concepts taught and to examine the key idea of freedom of the press in order to deepen their understanding of the news they are getting and compare it to news in other places round the world.

JOUR 3047 News Anchoring
This course provides basic training in news anchoring. It introduces the role of a news anchor and equips students with related professional skills including pronunciation, on-camera performance, use of autocue or teleprompter, conducting interviews and note-taking, image building, news wrapping up and news ad-libbing. Special emphasis is given to acquiring hands-on experience of news anchoring. This is a core course for Broadcast Journalism concentration students.

JOUR 3057 Finance and Investment
This course introduces students to the basic business and finance theories and issues to prepare them for working on The Young Financial Post and the local and foreign media when they graduate. The course emphasises practical knowledge that will equip students to work for print media and multimedia. It also examines basic ethical issues in journalism. This is a core course for Financial Journalism major students.

JOUR 3075 Economics for Financial Journalists
This course introduces students to the basic economic theories and issues to prepare them for working on The Young Financial Post, and the local and foreign media when they graduate. The course emphasizes practical knowledge that will equip students to work for print media and multimedia as financial journalists.

JOUR 3077 Magazine Design and Editing
This subject introduces the concepts, skills, practice, and art of designing and editing a magazine. The focus is on designing and editing techniques appropriate for various types of magazines, practical experience, and creativity. The subject will also examine the social, economic and cultural role of magazines in the Hong Kong context. This is an elective subject available to all Journalism Option students.

JOUR 3085 Media Transformation and Institutional Change in Historical Perspective
This course scrutinizes the interactions between the media and society in different stages of development in Chinese history. It examines how institutional settings have shaped and transformed media operations and their social objectives since the emergence of modern newspapers in mid-nineteenth century China. It also assesses the value and functions of the media in achieving institutional change in both mainland China and Hong Kong. Through an understanding of history, students will become aware of the significance of the press to societal progress as well as it limitations.

JOUR 3095 Business and Financial News Reporting
This course focuses on business news reporting through a comprehensive survey of the principles and techniques of newsgathering and presenting information for Print and Online Journalism. It aims to develop students’ original, creative and analytical skill in the production of financial news. Special attention is paid to the local context to establish the knowledge required for business journalists in Hong Kong. Students will also be introduced to the basic elements of copy editing for print and multimedia and ethical issues are addressed. This is a comprehensive writing course that covers the professional aspects of Financial Journalism.

JOUR 3096 Current Affairs and News Analysis
This is a course to help students develop news literacy. News is essential to people’s everyday lives. It informs people about the world and helps them make decisions and take action. Reading news wisely and consuming news effectively is a life skill that requires proper training. For journalism students, understanding current affairs and developing good news sense is vital for their career development. The aim of this course is to cultivate students’ news reading habits, enhance their knowledge about current affairs and build up their news analytical skills so that they can better understand, analyse, use and monitor news in their daily lives.
The course is divided into six parts. The first and second parts address the importance of news literacy and the necessity of cultivating a daily news reading habit. While the third part discusses current affairs, the fourth part introduces news analysis skills. The fifth part is about theories and key concepts of news. The sixth part is concerned with active news audience and their role in news criticism and news monitoring.

JOUR 3097 Current Hong Kong Issues for Communicators
This course aims to equip students with a solid understanding of major social, cultural, economic and political developments of Hong Kong that are crucial to their work as communication professionals. Students will learn to critically appraise the forces that shaped these developments and the policy dilemmas of Hong Kong in the past, present and future.

JOUR 3105 Current Issues in Journalism
The aim of this course is to involve top journalists and senior news executives to examine the challenges and problems Hong Kong news media are facing. The outstanding journalists are also expected to share their experiences and crafts of making good news stories. The course will cover current issues of the news industry and controversial cases in journalism. It provides a good opportunity for journalism students to get in touch with outstanding practitioners in the local news industry as the practitioners will discuss their mission and vision concerning the news profession.

JOUR 3106 Images of Media in Popular Culture
This course will explore and analyse the varied and conflicting images of media in global popular culture, with an emphasis on depiction on film, and their impact on public perception of journalists and other media practitioners. Through applying historical context and critical analysis of the roles, topics and messages portrayed, students will gain a critical understanding of the popular representation of media and its complex relationship with the public.

JOUR 3107 Media Development in Global Perspective Each epoch has a dominant medium and develops a group of dominant media institutions. This course examines the development of media and communication technologies in contemporary society and explores their socio-cultural impacts. It also introduces the major media institutions in various media ages. It has several tasks: (a) to provide a basic understanding about media and communication technologies in historical and global perspectives; (b) to guide the students to evaluate the socio-cultural impacts of these communication media, help them to understand the relationships between communication systems and social change; and (c) to familiarize students with representative media institutions and media organizations in contemporary society.

JOUR 3115 Media Management
The 21st century is the age of the knowledge society. This is an introductory course to study media management in this era of change. Management cases in news organizations will serve as examples for illustration. The main purpose is to examine and analyse the new challenges being posed by political, economic and technological changes in the new millennium to news media management in Hong Kong as well as in other countries. Through the course, it is hoped that students will have a better understanding of the basic principles of media management in a new media environmental context.
The course is divided into four parts. The first lays out the theoretical foundations of media management. The second introduces the students to the contemporary changing media environment. The third part is designed to provide students with theories and basic principles of media management. The fourth part is about important areas of media management activities. The course covers both print and electronic news media.

JOUR 3117 News Translation
This course aims at enhancing students’ ability to handle information for news purposes in the bilingual context of Hong Kong. Emphasis is put on developing their sensitivity to the differences between the Chinese and English languages and awareness of the cultural role of the news translator. Principles and methods of translation applicable to the news industry are introduced. This is an elective course for all Journalism Option students.

JOUR 3125 Strategic Television Communication
As the television industry has undergone great changes in recent years, the course is designed to introduce students to what constitutes “television” as a strategic, economic, political, cultural set of practices and experiences and its profound effects on all walks of life. Students will be guided to study the history of television development in Hong Kong, contemporary television programming, for example in television news, infotainment programming and entertainment programming from a critical perspective. Students will gain an overview of the television industry in Hong Kong.

JOUR 3126 Visual Literacy: Critical Appreciation of Photos
More and more photos are around us nowadays in newspapers, magazines, posters, outdoor ads or on the Internet. It is important to learn how to analyse these visual images. The course has several aims:
1 Understand the aesthetic study of photos/learn how to appreciate good photos;
2 Understand software for modifying photos and acquire the skills needed to modify photos;
3 Learn how to distinguish real photos from fake/artificial constructs of photos and to criticize/critically analyse them;
4 Explore the social and cultural values of photos.

JOUR 3135 Analytical and Opinion Writing
This course makes a nice sequel to the introductory news writing class. Students will receive advanced training in writing news analysis, editorials, and commentaries about current events, people, and social phenomena in the greater China area. The primary focus will be on political and economic factors that shape public opinion and community development. Approximately the first six weeks of the course will be devoted to analytical writing and the remainder of the class will focus on opinion writing. The main objective of this course is to equip students with analytical skills to interpret events based on full knowledge and depth comprehension.

JOUR 3136 International News in a Globalized World
The aim of this course is for students to understand how international news has developed into its current form, how it is practised today and its role and meaning in international society, politics and economy. Students will also critically analyse in-depth media coverage of current events of international interest and examine how they are reported by international media and consumed by a global audience. Students will research, background and examine selected current events with a view to appreciating the diversity of coverage and approaches.

JOUR 3145 Investigative Reporting (Chinese)
This course aims at introducing the students to advanced level of news digging, investigative reporting and news writing. Students will learn to master and apply basic investigative tools and techniques to their own stories. The course stimulates thinking and cultivates a critical mind regarding the form as well as the content of news making. The course also guides the students to develop a systematic approach to reporting and producing investigative stories. Reference to the Hong Kong context is emphasized.

JOUR 3146 Investigative Reporting (English)
This course aims to introduce students to advanced levels of newswriting and reporting as it applies to investigative and in-depth journalism. Students will apply investigative tools and techniques to their own reporting as they develop a systematic approach to uncovering a story. The course’s objective is to stimulate critical and creative thinking and cultivate a critical mind regarding the form as well as the content of investigative reporting. This course will also look at how investigative and longform journalism work together. The class aims to prepare students for JOUR4895 Journalism Honours Project. Reference to Hong Kong content is emphasised.

JOUR 3147 Investigative Reporting (Finance)
This course first focuses on the analysis techniques required by financial journalists, particularly on the interpretation of corporate financial performance. Students are further taught investigative forms of financial news writing on specialized topics such as banking, retailing and property markets. Critical thinking is encouraged and ethical issues are discussed. Special attention is paid to the local context to establish the knowledge required for financial journalists in Hong Kong.

JOUR 3165 Unlocking Financial Statements
The course delivers practical knowledge that will equip students to understand and analyse different financial statements. Emphasis will be made on how to discover the irregularities and manipulations in the financial statements.

JOUR 3166 Strategic Investments and Contemporary Economics
The course delivers practical knowledge making students to understand and able to analyse different types of investments. The course also equips students with contemporary economic knowledge to interpret the current local and international economic issues.

JOUR 3205 Convergence Editing (Broadcast)
This course provides the skills necessary to see written copy from submission to publication, including the organization and improvement of written material as well as the technical processes through which writing is transferred to the printed page and online. Editing, packaging and integration of multimedia elements, including audio, video, photos and infographics, is introduced. Exercises in digital production and design are provided.

JOUR 3215 Convergence Editing (Chinese)
This course provides the skills necessary to see written copy from submission to publication, including the organization and improvement of written material as well as the technical processes through which writing is transferred to the printed page and online. Editing, packaging and integration of multimedia elements, including audio, video, photos and infographics, is introduced. Exercises in digital production and design are provided.

JOUR 3225 Convergence Editing (English)
This course provides the skills necessary to see written copy from submission to publication, including the organization and improvement of written material as well as the technical processes through which writing is transferred to the printed page and online. Editing, packaging and integration of multimedia elements, including audio, video, photos and infographics, is introduced. Exercises in digital production and design are provided.

JOUR 3235 Convergence Editing (Finance)
This course provides the skills necessary to see written copy from submission to publication, including the organization and improvement of written material as well as the technical processes through which writing is transferred to the printed page and online. Editing, packaging and integration of multimedia elements, including audio, video, photos and infographics, is introduced. Exercises in digital production and design are provided.

JOUR 3275 Immersive Journalism
This is an introductory course which provides students with the basic practical background required to produce immersive journalism content using virtual reality. The emphasis is on mastery in immersive storytelling, use of recording equipment and the relevant software.

JOUR 4005 Theory and Practice of Journalism in Greater China
This course provides a systematic interpretation of the structure, performance and problems of the press in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan since 1949. It offers theoretical and historical analyses of major issues related to the press and news reporting. While institutional constraint and inertia in the development of journalism are accounted for, the agents and dynamics of change are identified and discussed. It will enable students to understand the role of the press and its potential changes in the context of China’s continuing development.

JOUR 4017 China Reporting and Writing
China Reporting is one of the most crucial and difficult areas for journalists to cover. This intensive course provides analytical tools and practical techniques for students to understand and report the rising power in-depth. This course can also be treated as a Pre-Job training for future China-Beat reporters for local media outlets. Therefore, students are required to study and decode first-handed information and official documents, then write up stories in a professional manner especially for local audience.
This subject will acquaint students with important events in the PRC since its founding in 1949, with heavy focus on the changes and development since Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of CPC took office after the 18th Party Congress in 2012. Understanding of and ways to report the mechanism and operation of CPC, the gist of “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics”, the social control system, the legal reform, the civil society and Beijing’s Hong Kong policy constitute the meat of the course. This is an elective subject available to all Journalism Option students.

JOUR 4025 Critical Studies of Media
The purpose of the course is to enhance students’ awareness of media roles in personal life and social development. It aims to develop students’ critical ability and media literacy to enable them to understand the political economy of media production, deconstruct media messages, and explore the cultural impact of the media. The course provides a systematic scrutiny of critical theory and its application in studies of media and culture. The first part provides the historical contour of critical theory from the emergence of the Frankfurt School in the 1930s to the theoretical advances of Jurgen Habermas after the Second World War. The second part looks into how critical theory is extended to apply to the analysis of media and cultural productions in the contemporary capitalist world. The third part assesses its value and limitation in explaining and interpreting media developments and their implications. Special attention will be given to news media and journalism.

JOUR 4045 Entrepreneurial Journalism
The arrival of the internet has opened up the practice of the news to many non-journalistic actors, ending control over journalists’ employment by the traditional mass media – newspapers and broadcasters run by tycoons and governments – and opening up the way for small, independent news businesses. In this changing milieu, journalism entrepreneurship, once represented by the precariously employed freelance minority, is becoming a mainstream career choice. This course aims to prepare students at undergraduate level with the basic knowledge and skills needed to negotiate this new digital media space while upholding journalistic standards and ethics, as well as working in a collaborative environment.

– All the above information is subject to change –