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Data Journalism Scholarships Funded By Google – Application Window Closed


  • Update – Thank you to all who applied.  The application window is now closed.  We are reviewing applications.  Recipients will be announced soon.
  • How to Apply – Deadline May 31, 2012

    Master of Journalism students Jaime Chua and Yu Xinyan – class of 2012

Google will fund two full-tuition scholarships for Master of Journalism candidates with solid computer technology backgrounds.

The scholarships will provide support for the field of data journalism, one of the new areas of focus at the JMSC.

The scholarships, for the 2012-13 academic year, are designed to teach journalism to computer scientists and specialists in related disciplines who are interested in pursuing a media-related career.

The emphasis is on developing digital journalism tools for news gathering, storytelling, data analysis and data visualisation.

“As technology develops at break-neck speed, the industry needs developers and programmers who are knowledgeable about journalism,” said Professor Ying Chan, Director of the JMSC.

“We need them to help develop new ways of telling stories, analyze massive amounts of data and develop web and mobile applications for news delivery.”

As part of the programme, successful candidates will participate in JMSC data journalism research projects.

The scholarships will cover full tuition for the 2012-13 academic year, and will be awarded on the basis of academic merit or outstanding experience.

“We are grateful for the support from Google, which helps the JMSC advance the frontiers of journalism education,” Chan said.

How to Apply

Applicants should have at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information science, information engineering or a related discipline, and must demonstrate competency in computational problem solving, computer programming and database management.

Applicants with knowledge of data mining, data visualisation and digital storytelling will have a definite advantage. Those with innovative ideas or entrepreneurial talents are particularly encouraged to apply.

Scholarship holders will study the core and elective courses offered by the JMSC and may also take elective courses offered by the Faculty of Engineering’s Electronic Commerce and Internet Computing Programme.

The application deadline is May 31, 2012.

For further information, visit http://jmsc.hku.hk/mjadmissions.

To apply for a scholarship, please contact Jason Hui at 2219-4113 or e-mail jmscmj@hku.hk.


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The Master of Journalism course is a one year full-time or a two year part-time course. Students learn the core skills of journalism – reporting and writing, television and video production, media law and ethics and new media. Students also have the opportunity to take elective courses in a broad range of subjects from business and finance to public health to digital media. Candidates shall complete no fewer than 33 and no more than 36 course units.

Core courses:

  • Reporting and writing (3 Units)
  • Critical issues in journalism and global communications (3 Units)
  • Media law (3 Units)
  • Online journalism (3 Units)
  • Television news writing (3 Units)
  • Video news production (3 Units)

Elective courses:

General courses

  • Advanced reporting and writing (English) (3 Units)
  • Advanced reporting and writing (Chinese) (3 Units)
  • Cultural studies of the media (3 Units)
  • Literary journalism (3 Units)
  • Media law II: comparative studies (3 Units)
  • Special topics in journalism I (3 Units)
  • Special topics in journalism II (3 Units)
  • Master’s project (6 Units)
  • Special topics in journalism III (3 Units)
  • Special topics in journalism IV (3 Units)
  • International news (3 Units)
  • Media research: concepts and methods (3 Units)
  • Legal reporting (3 Units)
  • Media, politics and public affairs (3 Units)
  • Entertainment, arts and culture journalism (3 Units)
  • News editing (3 Units)

China courses

  • Covering China (3 Units)
  • Reporting Hong Kong (3 Units)
  • How the media tell China’s story (3 Units)
  • Special topics in covering China I (3 Units)
  • Special topics in covering China II (3 Units)
  • Chinese Non-fiction Writing (3 Units)

Adjunct Lecturer Rob McBride and Video News Production Students


Business and finance courses

  • Interpreting and using business journalism in a global era (3 Units)
  • Global financial journalism (3 Units)
  • Global economic journalism (3 Units)
  • Readings in global business journalism (3 Units)
  • Special topics in global business journalism I (3 Units)
  • Special topics in global business journalism II (3 Units)

Multi-media courses

  • Photojournalism (3 Units)
  • Advanced online journalism (3 Units)
  • Documentary film appreciation (3 Units)
  • Documentary video production (3 Units)
  • Radio news (3 Units)

Science, health and environmental courses

  • Reporting the environment (3 Units)
  • Reporting the big issues in science (3 Units)
  • Reporting health and medicine (3 Units)

(*2011-2012 syllabus)

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Students Share Their Internship Experiences

The JMSC faculty’s networks with leading international media organizations have helped build one of the most dynamic

journalism internship programs in the world.

While many MJ students work in Hong Kong and key cities in mainland China such as Beijing and Shanghai, they also have had opportunities to intern in such far-flung places as Jakarta, Manila, Singapore, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Bangalore, Karachi, Melbourne, Cape Town, Copenhagen, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

In many cases, these global internships have led to full-time employment.

Our internship partners include: (partial listing)

Overseas media: New York Daily News (New York City), New American Media (San Francisco), WGBH TV (Boston), KCTS TV (Seattle), WNYC Public Radio (New York), WRTI-FM (Philadelphia), The Jakarta Globe, Phnom Penh Post , CNN (Beijing), CBS News (Beijing), NBC News (Beijing), AI Jazeera (Cairo), Bloomberg (Hong Kong, Tokyo, Berlin), Pakistan Press Foundation (Karachi), Malaysiakini.com (Kuala Lumpur), Taipei Times, The Hindu (New Delhi), Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg), Newsbreak (Manila).

Local English and international media: News Corporation, CNN, BBC, CCTV (Hong Kong), CNBC Asia, Voice of America,

Associated Press, Thomson-Reuters, Agence France-Presse, Bloomberg News & Television, Newsweek, International Herald Tribune, South China Morning Post, The Standard, The Wall Street Journal Asia, Time Asia, Financial Times, Forbes.

Local Chinese media: TVB, ATV, Cable TV, NOW (Business News Channel), Phoenix TV, Radio Television Hong Kong, Commercial

Radio, China Daily, Hong Kong Economic Times, Ming Pao , MingPao.com, Sing Tao Daily, Apple Daily, Wen Wei Po, Headline Daily, AM730, Metropolis Daily, Yazhou Zhoukan, Cup, City Magazine, Next Magazine, East Week .

PRC media: CCTV (Beijing), Shanghai Media Group, China Radio International (Beijing), China Daily (Beijing), Shanghai Daily, Southern Weekend (Guangzhou), 21st Century World Herald (Guangzhou), Caixin Media.

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JMSC in numbers (2010-2011)
  • Master of Journalism (full-time): 54
  • Master of Journalism (part-time): 29
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism: 3
  • MPhil and PhD: 5

University backgrounds of MJ students 2001-2010 (partial listing)


  • City University of New York
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • John Hopkins University
  • Northwestern University
  • Princeton University
  • Smith College
  • Stanford University
  • UC Berkeley
  • UCLA
  • University of Chicago
  • Wellesley University
  • Yale University


  • McGill University
  • Queen’s University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Western Ontario
  • York University

Mainland China

  • Beijing Foreign Studies University
  • Communications University of China
  • Fudan University
  • Peking University
  • Renmin University


  • Cambridge University
  • London School of Economics
  • Oxford University
  • University of Warwick
  • Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Science Po)

Hong Kong

  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • City University
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • The University of Hong Kong

Job placement at companies (partial listing)

  • Bloomberg
  • CCTV
  • China Daily
  • CNN
  • Forbes
  • New York Times
  • Washington Post
  • Reuters News
  • Shanghai Media Group
  • South China Morning Post
  • Wall Street Journal

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Research and academic projects at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre

Computational Journalism and Data-mining of Online Social Media

China Media Project

Media Law Project

Public Health Communication Programme

ABC News on Campus

Project for Public Culture


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View the the latest edition of the JMSC’s booklet, Postgraduate Alumni Stories, which showcases the career progression of 25 graduates of the JMSC, all alumni of the Master of Journalism, Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism, Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy programmes.

Click on the pamphlet to read in full-screen mode.

The alumni featured include:

Sarah Chakales, MJ 2009, now a writer for CNN International in Hong Kong.

“As a Hong Kong based-writer for CNN International, I script television stories on business and market related developments in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as around the world. Asia is quickly becoming a powerful economic force on the global stage, so it’s exciting to have the opportunity to follow that action so closely.”

Lorea Solabarrieta, MJ 2010, Business News Anchor and Reporter for CCTV News in Beijing.

“Taking my Masters at the JMSC was one of the best things to have happened to me!”

Stuart Biggs, MJ 2004, reporter for Bloomberg News in Tokyo.

“The JMSC experience has been invaluable,” he said. “Years into my professional life, my opinion of the programme hasn’t changed. Perhaps the opposite is true. The more I find myself in complex situations, the more I remember the importance of understanding the issues, ethics and our responsibility as journalists that the professors drilled into us.”

Caroline Malone, MJ 2008, of Al Jazeera English in Doha.

“As Senior Producer, I’ll be both output producing (researching, writing, editing pictures, commissioning graphics) and package producing (putting own stories together and voicing). In the future I may also be doing the same out in the field,” she said.

Olga Wong, MPhil 2005, Senior Reporter for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.

“My days with the JMSC are memorable. The wide-range of learning opportunities offered is precious to both my personal and career development,” she said of her time at HKU. “I was also overwhelmed by the chance of meeting veteran journalists and experienced research fellows from around the world, with whom I was encouraged to exchange ideas on a daily basis.”

Kiu Lam, MJ 2003, Internal Communications Associate Manager at Hong Kong Disneyland.