Faculty Research & Projects

Recent projects from our journalism faculty

News Credibility in a “Post-truth” Era

The “age of data” has seen a proliferation of big data alongside an increase in data-driven journalism, which is one critical way to make professional journalists distinctive with the production of fact-based, authoritative news. Using devised variations of one news report as stimuli, this experiment study involves five test groups to determine whether data and data visualizations impact the perceived credibility of news.

Dr. Roselyn Du

Social Media and Adolescents

The objective of this study is to explore the impact of the smartphone and social media on the emotional health of school students in Hong Kong. The survey is jointly conducted by Prof. Alice Lee, clinical psychologist Ms. Sumee Chan and the Hong Kong Pediatric Foundation.

Prof. Alice Lee

Political Disagreement on Social Media

This research attempts to reveal the dark side of social media, i.e., how political disagreement on social media leads to expression avoidance, thereby triggers political polarization and intolerance in the context of HK.

Dr. Xinzhi Zhang

Digital Poverty and Social Media Uses

Poverty is a complex problem, and it is closely linked to social disadvantage and inequality. This study investigates digital poverty in the social media era, its types and levels, and the underlying socio-economic factors.

Dr. Nick Zhang

Net Generation and Social Participation in Hong Kong

This study examines the Net Generation’s social participation from the perspective of their generational characteristics in the Hong Kong’s post-handover period.

Prof. Alice Lee

Microblogging the Food Safety

This study aims to offer a description of online Weibo and Twitter users and their activities related to food safety discussion and to provide insights into the design of social media tools and health campaigns.

Dr. Celine Song

Hong Kong News-Expo

Using interactive, multimedia and virtual reality technologies, the news-expo will tell the story of Hong Kong’s evolution from a fishing village to an international metropolis and financial centre through news reports by the city’s print and electronic media.

CK Lau

Teaching Investigative Journalism

New courses on investigative journalism and investigative documentary will be developed along with an investigative journalism workshop for students in collaboration with local media.

Jenny Lam

University Cluster Research

Our faculty actively participate in the overarching institutional research clusters in the University Institutional Strategic Plan (2018-2028), in order to support teaching and learning and provide potential impacts on journalism and society.