“Our partnership with the University of Hong Kong has been a valuable one, not only from the network’s perspective but from the students’ perspective as well.
“We find the students’ pitches and ideas refreshing – their perspective is different than that of our domestic schools and that diversity only strengthens ABC News on Campus as a whole. Last year the students pitched several unique features with fantastic elements; from a package about revenue-generating measures at the Bird’s Nest, to kite surfing in the Philippines.
“During the past school year we worked closely with the HKU students to develop their scripts, and sent them notes after reviewing their videos. In the spring, we invited the students to visit us in New York where we arranged for a two-day ‘summit’ that included roundtables with ABC News executives, tours of the ‘World News’ and ‘Good Morning America’ sets, and visits to some of the network’s essential hubs for information gathering. As a result of this mentoring, the students had a glimpse of what it’s like to work at a national news network.
“From a technical standpoint, many of the packages from HKU have impressed us with the quality of their video — and it’s clear that several of the students have an eye for framing. As a result, the students’ packages have appeared on ABCNews.com in addition to our cable station, ABC NewsNow, MTVu and the overnight news show World News Now. I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention that the students from HKU have been a delight to work with – they are bright, respectful, and attentive. Most importantly, they have a strong work ethic, they’re eager to learn, and they are open to constructive criticism. We hope to continue this relationship for many years to come.”
– 16 November 2010