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As of early September, at least 30 members of the class of 2009 had found full-time employment in positions in Hong Kong, China and as far afield as South Africa, Australia and Germany.
Ivan Broadhead received his Master of Journalism degree from the JMSC in 2006. He was asked to recount his rather exceptional experiences since as a freelance writer. Excerpts:
Leanne Wang, who received her Master of Journalism diploma from the JMSC in 2008, turned freelancing into a staff job at a leading mainland business news organization. She recommends this path to other writers:
Journalists are usually lucky if they can get big-time businessmen like Hong Kong’s Li Ka-shing to talk to them at all. JMSC alum Samantha Wang (BJ 2008), who works as a reporter for the Chinese-language Ming Pao newspaper in Hong Kong, got a brief interview with Li in early February – and then received a call back from Hong Kong’s richest man, to make sure she had understood the points he made the first time around.
Anyone who has ties to Hong Kong will find things in the book that he or she can identify with, says Nicole Kwan (MJ 2003) referring to The Dragon and the Crown (HKU Press 2009), the memoirs she co-wrote with her 83-year-old uncle, Stanley Kwan. Why? “Because these are really our collective memories,” she says.
Corporate mergers normally affect the public only indirectly. Dr. Rikkie Yeung’s well-received new book, Moving Millions, published by the Hong Kong University Press, examines a merger that has a direct impact on millions of Hong Kong lives on a daily basis: that of the Mass Transit Railway Corporation and the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation in 2007.
Journalism and Media Studies alum Annie Zhang Jieping (Master of Journalism 2006) won big at the Society of Publishers in Asia Awards for Editorial Excellence ceremony in Hong Kong on June 4.
Christopher Chiu Loi-fat (MJ 2001), has been appointed the chief editor of a new culture magazine, C for Culture to be launched in Hong Kong this Friday.
JMSC alumna Sky Canaves (MJ 2007) has been named lead writer of the China Journal, the Wall Street Journal's newly launched China blog.
Simon Song (MJ 03), Zhang Jieping (MJ 06), Albert Wong (MJ 05) and Juying Qin (MJ 05) were awarded prizes at the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Awards for Editorial Excellence in May 2007.