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The Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC) was founded in September 1999 at the University of Hong Kong. The center is part of Faculty of Social Sciences in HKU. Educational programmes in JMSC include graduate and undergraduate courses, seminars, workshops and courses for news professionals at all levels of expertise.



The mission of JMSC is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in journalism and fostering Asian voices in the international media.

Academic Programs

  • Reporting and Writing Program
  • Media Law Program
  • China Program
  • Business and Financial Journalism Program


  • The minimum admission grade for Use of English must be C
  • Students will have to attend interviews.


  • Yuen-Ying Chan Professor and Director
  • David Plott Deputy Director&Associate Professor

China Media Project

China Media Project was established by The University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Center, in 2003.



Director of the Journalism and Media Studies Center.Before 1998, Professor Ying Chan worked for 23 years as a reporter, editor and documentary filmmaker in New York City. Professor Chan is a Board member of HKU of the Social Sciences Faculty and an adjunct research fellow of the E-Business Technology Institute.Professor was also on the board of the Asian American Journalists Association.[1]

Prosessor has also taught at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University.[2]

Awards won by Professor Ying Chan:
(1)Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University
(2)George Polk Award for her coverage of the people-smuggling trade between the U.S. and China
(3)International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Qian Gang Director, China Media Project,Journalism and Media Studies Centre,The University of Hong Kong
Apart from being a China Earthquakes Expert,Qian Gang was the managing editor of Southern Weekend. Qian was also a co-creator and executive editor of “News Probe” CCTV’s pioneering weekly investigative news program.[3] Qian Gang is also the author of the book Great Earthquake of Tangshan which vividly describes the 1976 tragedy.

David Bandurski is a China analyst and freelance investigative journalist at University of Hong Kong and was educated from Northwestern University. David is responsible for managing the China Media Project website. David Bandurski is a regular contributor in Far Eastern Economic Review, The Wall Street Journal, Index on Censorship, the South China Morning Post and other publications.[4]

David Bandurski’s Honors:
(1)2007 Human Rights Press Award for Commentary & Analysis
(2)2006 Human Rights Press Award Merit Prize for Commentary & Analysis (joint)[5]

  • Cheng Jinfu (程金福)


Mainland China's veteran journalists spend up to three months at the JMSC as Visiting Fellows.

Fellows from mainland China
Hu Shuli (胡舒立) Shi Zhe (施喆) Yang Jisheng (杨继绳) He Xuefeng (何雪峰) Yang Daming (杨大明) Jin Liping (靳丽萍)
He Yanguang (贺延光) Lu Ye (陆晔) Sun Xupei (孙旭培) Shi Zhengmao (石正茂) Hu Yong (胡泳) Lu Xinyu (呂新雨)
Tang Jianguang (唐建光) Li Yaling (李亚玲) Liu Chang (刘畅) Wu Chongqing (吴重庆) Pu Zhiqiang (蒲志强) Zhang Jianjing (张剑荆)
Liu Jianping (刘建平) Sun Jie (孙杰) Yan Lieshan (鄢烈山) Zhu Xueqin (朱学勤) Wang Keqin (王克勤) Lu Yuegang (卢跃刚)
Zhang Jie (张洁) Yang Haipeng (杨海鹏) Zhai Minglei (翟明磊) Zhong Cheng (钟诚) Zhan Jiang (展江) Zhao Shilong (赵世龙)

Views of JMSC director professor Chan

In an interview given to Ljubisa Bojic professor Yuen-Ying Chan explains some of her perspectives.

Q: You returned from the States to found Journalism and Media Studies centre at HKU. What is your vision for this place?

We have very clear vision from the start of the center. We are very clear that we have to promote journalism standards in Hong Kong, China and the region. We also want to promote Asian voices in international media and we think that is very important. Because the issue is who is telling our stories, stories of China, Hong Kong and Asia. We need to train our generation of journalists to tell those stories to the world. So since the creation of the centre we are very clear that this is professional program. We are training students for the real world. We are preparing them to work in local but also international media. We teach fact-based journalism, we teach very hands-on. Our faculty are all very experienced journalists who came to this program with experience of twenty or thirty years in the industry. They were able to impart not only skill but also passion in orientation of our students.

Q: How do you see future of mass media?:

We are in trend more international media expanding their power and their reach. But on the other hand I think it is encouraging because more people now are doing journalism. Now anyone can become a journalist. They open up channels and alternatives for other voices. But it also means that we have to promote professional standards and even better training for what we call now citizen journalists. Everyone can become a journalist and that’s empowering! For that we have reasons to be very optimistic despite the multinationals. Now you have a chance to talk back.

Q: Will we have alternative TV programs broadcast on Internet as well?

I think that’s entirely possible because now you can pose videos, news on the Internet, accessible worldwide. Traditional and mainstream media pay more attention to alternative media. Smart international are seeking help from citizen journalists. If you are on location when news happens you can capture the story and you can feed it to internationals. And it has happened like in the London bombing or like in various breaking news events. You have the tools. But we have to prepare ourselves. We have to be better in our skills, in our delivery. We also have to be very mindful of ethical standards. I think the same standards like in traditional journalism apply to alternative media. It is about going for the truth, balance and telling an interesting story.

Journalism is just not a job, but its a job to communicate with the public

See also


  1. ^ "Ying Chan (陈婉莹)". China Media Project. Retrieved 2008-10-10.  
  2. ^ "War correspondents conference". Shantou University. 26 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-10.  
  3. ^ "Qian Gang (钱钢)". China Media Project. Retrieved 2008-10-10.  
  4. ^ "Media Earthquake By DAVID BANDURSKI". Wall Street Journal Asia. 27 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-10.  
  5. ^ "David Bandurski". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2008-10-10.  

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