JMSC Forges Professional Links with NHK

When Japan’s national broadcaster, NHK, decided to produce financial and economic packages in English from Hong Kong, it turned to Jim Laurie, Director of the JMSC’s Broadcasting Programme, for advice.

The result? Within weeks, a team which included JMSC students and graduates, hit the ground running, producing financial and economic reports for NHK World, the station’s nine-month-old news and current affairs channel.

“For the JMSC this provides students with hands-on experience in a real news environment,” said Laurie, an Emmy Award-winning journalist and consultant for a number of successful TV start-ups.

“It will also be a source of internships. Two JMSC graduates have already been hired by the station.”

Working alongside established industry professionals such as Rob McBride, co-incidentally an adjunct lecturer in TV journalism at the JMSC, the JMSC students and alumni are part of a team responsible for the Hong Kong segment of NHK World’s flagship international news and business programme, Newsline, which broadcasts daily on the hour.

The Hong Kong section, anchored by MJ student, Lorea Solabarrieta, airs live for 30 minutes on Wednesdays from 2 pm. Each segment comprises a series of news reports, an interview slot, and ends with a feature.

“This is such a great opportunity, and I am using it to improve my anchoring skills,” said Solabarrieta who has experience working in television both as a writer and presenter for RTHK’s The Works arts news programme and for TVB’s Dolce Vita lifestyle magazine show.

JMSC graduate, Diego Laje (MJ 2009), was hired to report, shoot and edit feature packages. Jaymee Ng (BJ 2009) was taken on as the programme researcher. In addition to research, her duties include making transcripts and aiding with the transmission of material to Tokyo.

One of the team’s first reports, titled: China Economic Update: A Change in Macau’s Luck can be seen here .

Laurie said the JMSC was exploring further tie-ups with other broadcasters, both in Asia and overseas.