JMSC Public Course – Course details

Public courses are designed for working journalists and other professionals.

LIST OF COURSES

For enquiries, please contact Matthew Leung at jmsccos@hku.hk / phone 2859 1155

Notes

1. The JMSC reserves the right to cancel or amend course details.

2. Enrolment will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Enrolment will be confirmed upon full payment of fees.

3. Course fee will be refunded only if the JMSC cancels a course.

4. All courses will be held at HKU, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

5. A certificate will be issued upon satisfactory completion of a course

6. Applicants for JMSC public courses should be 16 years old or above.

Current 2011 Courses


Basic Online Media Skills (Feb 28 – Mar 2) or (May 4-6) – Instructor: Masato Kajimoto

This hands-on workshop walks you through the process of setting up your own website with multimedia content. You will learn how to 1) install and configure content management systems such as WordPress, 2) hand code basic XHTML, 3) take advantage of various plug-in options, 4) optimize, transfer and embed your multimedia contents by using applications like PhotoShop and 5) integrate your social networks such as Twitter and Facebook into your website.

Prerequisite:
A working knowledge of web-based e-mailing services such as Gmail and Yahoo! Mail and basic understanding of how popular web-based services such as YouTube and Facebook work

The course website:
http://hk101.org/hku/workshop/map/basic

Class Size: 15 max | Hours: 9 | Format: 3 mornings 10am – 1pm (2 sessions offered) | Date: Feb 28-Mar 2 (Mon-Wed) OR May 4-6 (Wed-Fri) OR Jul 4-6 | Fee: HK$2,500 | Download course syllabus

Register for Basic Only Media Skills (Feb 28 – Mar 2) – closed
Register for Basic Online Media Skills (May 4- 6) – FULL
Register for Basic Online Media Skills (July 4-6)
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Advanced Online Media Skills (Jun 27-29)- Instructor: Diane Stormont

This course builds on the basic course and is a three-session hands-on guide to setting up and using interactive (or web2.0) tools and techniques. These include visualisation, live and micro-blogging, live streaming, mapping, crowdsourcing and audio-visual displays.

Equipment required: thumbdrive.

Prerequisites: to have completed Basic Online Media Skills and/or to have a working knowledge of:
1. WordPress / other blogging platforms
2. Basic HTML/CSS/FTP
3. Basic image/photo‐editing software (eg Photoshop) techniques
4. Basic recording and editing audio skills

Course blog:
http://jmsc.hku.hk/blogs/mapadvancedonlineskills/

Class Size: 15 max | Hours: 9 | Format: 3 mornings 10am – 1pm | Date: Jun 27-29 (Mon-Wed) | Fee: HK$3,500 | Download course syllabus

 

Register for Advanced Online Media Skills (Jun 27-29)


Critical Tools for the Social Web (Jun 15-17)- Instructor: Diane Stormont and Kevin Lau

This course is designed for those looking to engage audiences beyond simply constructing a website. By utilizing social-networking tools, participants will learn to reach out to audiences through a combination of web interactivity, location-based tools and other traditional mediums. Participants will also learn different techniques in promoting content and value through the social web and gain an understanding of the app world the web is shifting towards. Student will develop methods for engaging audiences via the web.

Class Size: 15 max | Hours: 9 | Format: 3 mornings 10am – 1pm | Date: Jun 15-17 (Wed-Fri) | Fee: HK$3,500 | Download course syllabus

Register for Critical Tools for the Social Web (Jun 15-17)


Basic Video Shooting and Editing (Mar 2-4) or (May 11-13)- Instructor: Rob McBride

This course in digital video shooting and editing will enable students to enter the digital age of storytelling. It consists of on-location lessons in shooting, including shot composition, sequencing and continuity, as well as effective audio management. Participants will learn how to use Final Cut Pro digital editing on MacBook laptops, with an introduction to different types of storytelling formats, from breaking news to features. By the end of the course, participants will have created a short story.

Class Size: 15 -20 max | Hours: 9 | Format: 1 afternoon + 2 mornings 2:30-5:30pm (Wed) + 10am – 1pm (Thurs & Fri) (2 sessions offered) | Date: Mar 2-4 (Wed-Fri) OR May 11-13 (Wed-Fri) | Fee: HK$2,500

Register for Basic Video Shooting and Editing (Mar 2-4) – closed
Register for Basic Video Shooting and Editing (May 11-13) – FULL
Register for Basic Video Shooting and Editing (June 20-22) – Closed (please contact Kylie Chan at kyliec@hku.hk for enquiries)


Advanced Video Shooting and Editing (July 15-17 and July 22-24) – Instructor: Rob McBride (Revised Dates)

This course is designed specifically for working journalists and aspiring story-tellers who already have a working knowledge of video news shooting and editing on Final Cut Pro. Participants will be expected to research, shoot and edit their own stories under the guidance of JMSC instructors. Participants will practice and develop working knowledge of the news-gathering workflow, through practical application of their skills in making a real news feature. They should come away from the course with a piece of television appropriate for a Hong Kong news channel.

Class Size: 10 max | Hours: 35 | Format: Fri 6:30 – 9:30pm; Sat & Sun 10am – 6pm | Date:  Jul 15-17 (Fri-Sun) AND Jul 22-24 (Fri-Sun)| Fee: HK$6,000 |  Download course syllabus

Register for Advanced Video Shooting and Editing (July 15-17 & 22-24) – closed (please contact Kylie Chan at kyliec@hku.hk for enquiries)


The Craft of Video Editing (May 23-27) – Instructor: Rob McBride

This course in the craft of video editng will show how to transform a project into a compelling story, combining the best of pictures, words and sound.  It will take students on an intensive journey, studying editing techniques for a range of different productions from straightforward news packages to longer-form documentary making and more complicated advocacy/promotional films. Students will become familiar with the Final Cut Pro editing software system, which is becoming the industry standard in TV and video production. Previous knowledge of FCP and Mac computers will help, but not a prerequisite.

Class Size: 10 max | Hours: 35 | Format: 5 days 10:00am – 1pm | Date: May 23-27 (Mon-Fri) | Fee: HK$5,800 | Download course syllabus

Register for The Craft of Video Editing (May 23-27) – closed (please contact Kylie Chan at kyliec@hku.hk for enquiries)


Documentary Video Production for Beginners (Jun 13-24)- Instructor: Nancy Tong

This is a hands-on practical course on the techniques of documentary video production. Students will be primed on the various styles of documentary videos and will learn and practice all the necessary steps to produce a short documentary video. This includes conducting on location interviews, video camera work and sound recording, plus editing pictures and sound. They will also participate in discussing relevant issues such as invasion of privacy, clearing copyrights, and funding for documentary films.

Class Size: 15 max | Hours: 40 | Format: Monday-Friday 10am – 2pm; 8 days in classroom; 2 days shooting on location  | Fee: HK$6,500 | Download course syllabus

Register for Documentary Video Production for Beginners (Jun 13-24)
Register for Documentary Video Production for Beginners (Jun 13-24) at special HKU staff and student rate


Basic Photography (May 6-8) – Instructor: Michael Coyne

This course teaches students the basics skills of photography. They will learn focusing, exposure, composing and framing. Participants will also be given useful tips about photographing people and landscapes. At the conclusion of the course, students will feel more confident about using their cameras and will see better photographic results.  Class Size: 15 | Hours: 9 | Format: 3 mornings 10am – 1pm | Date: May 6-8 (Fri-Sun) | Fee: HK$2,500 | Download course syllabus (new)

Register for Basic Photography (May 6-8) – closed


Beyond Basic Photography (May 27-29)- Instructor: Michael Coyne

This course explores different photographic techniques and purposes/outcomes. It will enable you to be able to identify good practices and minimise poor photographic outcomes. Students will learn how to produce effective portraits, which illuminate the subject in terms of personality as well as appearance. By the end of the course you will be able to effectively tell a story or illustrate an issue through photography. Class Size: 15 | Hours: 9 | Format: 3 mornings 10am – 1pm | Date: May 27-29 (Fri-Sun) | Fee: HK$3,500 | Download course syllabus (new)

Register for Beyond Basic Photography (May 27-29)


Basic Audio Recording and Editing (Jul 20-22) – Instructor: Angharad Law

This course explores the different forms of radio news, how to find stories and how to turn them into good radio. Students will learn how to use the equipment needed to turn a print story into radio and how to edit digitally using Adobe Audition 3. They will learn how to write punchy news stories, interview people and then edit it down to clips. They will get newsreading practice and learn how to do vox-pops, a 2-way and a dispatch. By the end of the course, they will be able to put together a 5- minute news bulletin containing straight reads, a 2-way, a feature and an interview. They will have a practiced news reading style and be able to read the news, edit on Adobe Audition 3, know how to use a portable radio recorders and have good microphone technique, be able to write clear 3-line news stories for radio and know how to structure an interview and get good soundbites.

Class Size: 15 max | Hours: 9 | Format: 3 mornings 10:00am – 1pm |Date: July 20- 22 | Fee: HK$2,500 | Download course syllabus

Register for Basic Audio Recording and Editing (May 18-20) – closed


Fundamentals of Business and Financial Journalism (Jun 7-10) – Instructor: Jeffrey Timmermans

This course is targeted at working journalists and others interested in developing a fundamental understanding of business and financial journalism, It offers participants an intensive introduction into the principles and techniques of covering financial markets and businesses. It will also provide the basic foundation in economic principles necessary to understand how markets and corporations function in today’s global economy.

Class Size: 15 max | Hours: 12  | Format: 4 mornings 10:00am – 1pm | Date: June 7-10 (Tues-Fri) | Fee: HK$4,200 | Download course syllabus

Register for Fundamentals of Business & Financial Journalism (June 7-10)


You Can Write Better English (Feb 15-16) or (Apr 19-20) or (Jun 13-15)- Instructor: Barry Kalb

Barry Kalb, lecturer in journalism at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre, and author of the highly regarded handbook You Can Write Better English, will discuss the errors that native Chinese speakers routinely make when writing English, how these errors should be corrected, and why good written English is essential in today’s globalized world.

Class Size: 23 max | Hours: 6 | Format: 2 mornings 10am – 1pm (2 sessions offered) | Date: Feb 15-16 (Tues-Wed), Apr 19-20 (Tues-Wed) OR Jun 13-15 (Wed-Fri)| Fee: HK$1,000 | Download syllabus

Register for You Can Write Better English (Feb 15-16) OR
Register for You Can Write Better English (Apr 19-20) – FULL OR
Register for You Can Write Better English (Jun 13-15) – FULL

 


Investigative Journalism in a Global World (Jul 11-22) – Instructor: Chan Pui King

Crime, corruption, environmental destruction, the flow of money, goods and people are now all cross-border issues. This course is designed to equip students with the skills to find and research original, ground-breaking stories. It will cover digital research, using public records and databases to find stories, computer-assisted reporting, in-depth interviewing, beating the competition, and writing stories that make an impact. It will feature guest lecturers and students will report on live, cross-border stories.

Recommended for students; from pre-college to university level.  A new session may be offered for working journalists; for enquiries please contact Kylie Chan at kyliec@hku.hk or 22194416.

Pre-requisite:
Basic understanding of journalism, acquired from school or work.
– For working professionals (other than working journalists), they should have experience in dealing with the press, like answering press enquiries or preparing press releases or statements
– For students, they should have an understanding of basic principles of journalism including reporting the truth, and accurate, fair and balanced reporting; having knowledge on writing a news reports (basic concepts like inverted pyramid and lead must be included).

Class Size: 16 max | Hours: 35 | Format: 10 days; 9:30am – 1pm | Date: July 11-22 (Mon-Fri)| Fee: $6,200 Download syllabus

Register for Investigative Journalism in a Global World (Jul 11-22) – FULL


“Business & Finance Data Visualization” Training Course (SHANGHAI) (May 28 – Jun 2) – Instructors Richard Frank & Juan Velasco

“财经数据视觉化报道”培训班 (上海) – Visit course details page on our JMSC Shanghai Study Centre website here.

 

Courses Previously Offered


Online and Video Journalism (Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong members only) – Instructors: Diane Stormont and Rob McBride

Tailored for the needs of today’s working journalists, this course introduces FCC members to the technologies and skills that are revolutionising the news media; helping working journalists make the transition into the digital age. The first three morning sessions focus on basic online skills and the second three on basic video shooting and editing.

Class Size: 15 max | Hours: 21 | Format:  6 mornings | Time/Date: 9.30 am-1 pm — May 12-14, 17-19 | Fee: HK$2,700 


Video Editing on Final Cut Pro – Instructor: Rob McBride

Students will study editing techniques for a range of different productions from straightforward news packages to longer-form documentary making and more complicated advocacy/promotional films. Participants will learn how to use Final Cut Pro editing software system, the industry standard in TV and video production, taught by editors who have extensive experience of non-linear editing. Previous knowledge of FCP and Mac computers is a help, but is not a prerequisite for this course.

Class Size: 10 max | Hours: 35 | Format: 5 days | Time/Date: 10am – 6pm — June 17-19, 21-22 | Fee: HK$5,800


Advanced Photography – Instructor: Kees Metselaar

This course takes students beyond the automatic function on cameras. They will learn how to control depth of field and shutter speed with advanced settings. They will learn how to take photographs under more difficult circumstances like at night and how to how to shoot a photo story. Suitable for those who have taken the Basic Photography course and also those with some prior knowledge of photography.

Class Size: 15 max | Hours: 9 | Format: 3 mornings | Time/Date: 10 am-1 pm — June 28-30 [excluding shooting time] | Fee: HK$2,500


How to Write Commentary – Instructor: Christian Caryl

An intensive course in writing opinion pieces, editorials, and commentary that will enable participants to communicate complex ideas to a broader audience. Targeted at business people, professionals, or public policy experts who aim to disseminate their ideas through publication.

Class Size: 15 max | Hours: 12 | Format: 4 Saturday mornings | Time/Date: 10am – 1pm – April 10, 17, 24 and May 8 | Fee: HK$3,500


Internet Strategy for News Organisations – Instructor: Jonathan Stray

Unsure how to promote your journalism on Facebook? Confused about Twitter? Wondering what news aggregators mean for your business? The shift to digital media requires far more than just posting print stories on a web site. This six-week course will survey the state of the art in online journalism production, distribution, and marketing with a focus on case studies. Topics include story-telling for the web, effective use of mobile and social media, audience community management and services that a news organisation can offer beyond reporting stories. The course will also discuss search engine optimisation, look at how user-generated content can add value and will delve into the business of online advertising and content.

Class Size: 20 max | Hours: 12 | Format: 6 mornings (Tuesdays/Fridays) | Time/Date: 3-5pm (kindly note amended time change) — June 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18 | Fee: HK$3,500


Media Law: Defamation, Copyright and Online Liability – Instructor: Doreen Weisenhaus

This course will provide an overview of some of the laws most important to reporters, editors, freelancers and other professionals working in print, online or broadcast media. While the course will focus primarily on media law in Hong Kong for defamation, copyright and online liability, it will also review international developments as they affect the local professional environment.

Class Size: 15 max | Hours: 6 | Format: 2 mornings | Time/Date: 9.30 am-12.30 pm — June 10-11 | Fee: HK$2,500


TV / Video Presentation Skills – Instructors: Karen Koh and Rob McBride

This course will equip participants to convey key messages with conviction, through the most difficult media to master – television and video. Dealing with both what is said and how it is said, the course will train participants how to stay on message, even in the harshest of interview environments. Whether appearing on camera to respond to a breaking news story or wanting to make more of a presence on the company website, intranet site or video conferencing link, this course will help participants develop an authoritative on-air presence.

Class Size: 12 max | Hours: 7 | Format: 1 day | Time/Date: on demand | Fee: HK$1,800 (group basis)

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Enquiries about Shanghai courses: Ms. Lily Lu (JMSC Shanghai Study Centre) jmscsh@hku.hk

Courses Previously Offered


Online and Video Journalism (Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong members only) – Instructors: Diane Stormont and Rob McBride

Tailored for the needs of today’s working journalists, this course introduces FCC members to the technologies and skills that are revolutionising the news media; helping working journalists make the transition into the digital age. The first three morning sessions focus on basic online skills and the second three on basic video shooting and editing.

Class Size: 15 max | Hours: 21 | Format:  6 mornings | Time/Date: 9.30 am-1 pm — May 12-14, 17-19 | Fee: HK$2,700 


Video Editing on Final Cut Pro – Instructor: Rob McBride

Students will study editing techniques for a range of different productions from straightforward news packages to longer-form documentary making and more complicated advocacy/promotional films. Participants will learn how to use Final Cut Pro editing software system, the industry standard in TV and video production, taught by editors who have extensive experience of non-linear editing. Previous knowledge of FCP and Mac computers is a help, but is not a prerequisite for this course.

Class Size: 10 max | Hours: 35 | Format: 5 days | Time/Date: 10am – 6pm — June 17-19, 21-22 | Fee: HK$5,800


Advanced Photography – Instructor: Kees Metselaar

This course takes students beyond the automatic function on cameras. They will learn how to control depth of field and shutter speed with advanced settings. They will learn how to take photographs under more difficult circumstances like at night and how to how to shoot a photo story. Suitable for those who have taken the Basic Photography course and also those with some prior knowledge of photography.

Class Size: 15 max | Hours: 9 | Format: 3 mornings | Time/Date: 10 am-1 pm — June 28-30 [excluding shooting time] | Fee: HK$2,500


How to Write Commentary – Instructor: Christian Caryl

An intensive course in writing opinion pieces, editorials, and commentary that will enable participants to communicate complex ideas to a broader audience. Targeted at business people, professionals, or public policy experts who aim to disseminate their ideas through publication.

Class Size: 15 max | Hours: 12 | Format: 4 Saturday mornings | Time/Date: 10am – 1pm – April 10, 17, 24 and May 8 | Fee: HK$3,500


Internet Strategy for News Organisations – Instructor: Jonathan Stray

Unsure how to promote your journalism on Facebook? Confused about Twitter? Wondering what news aggregators mean for your business? The shift to digital media requires far more than just posting print stories on a web site. This six-week course will survey the state of the art in online journalism production, distribution, and marketing with a focus on case studies. Topics include story-telling for the web, effective use of mobile and social media, audience community management and services that a news organisation can offer beyond reporting stories. The course will also discuss search engine optimisation, look at how user-generated content can add value and will delve into the business of online advertising and content.

Class Size: 20 max | Hours: 12 | Format: 6 mornings (Tuesdays/Fridays) | Time/Date: 3-5pm (kindly note amended time change) — June 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18 | Fee: HK$3,500


Media Law: Defamation, Copyright and Online Liability – Instructor: Doreen Weisenhaus

This course will provide an overview of some of the laws most important to reporters, editors, freelancers and other professionals working in print, online or broadcast media. While the course will focus primarily on media law in Hong Kong for defamation, copyright and online liability, it will also review international developments as they affect the local professional environment.

Class Size: 15 max | Hours: 6 | Format: 2 mornings | Time/Date: 9.30 am-12.30 pm — June 10-11 | Fee: HK$2,500


TV / Video Presentation Skills – Instructors: Karen Koh and Rob McBride

This course will equip participants to convey key messages with conviction, through the most difficult media to master – television and video. Dealing with both what is said and how it is said, the course will train participants how to stay on message, even in the harshest of interview environments. Whether appearing on camera to respond to a breaking news story or wanting to make more of a presence on the company website, intranet site or video conferencing link, this course will help participants develop an authoritative on-air presence.

Class Size: 12 max | Hours: 7 | Format: 1 day | Time/Date: on demand | Fee: HK$1,800 (group basis)

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