Diane Stormont: Memories and Tributes

Diane Stormont pictured with students from her Advance Online Journalism class.

Dear students, alums and colleagues,

Our beloved teacher and colleague, Diane Stormont, passed away on Wednesday night at the Queen Mary Hospital after a brave battle with cancer.

She was 52. We’ll miss her dearly.

Diane taught part-time at the JMSC in 2008 and joined us full-time in August 2009 as Senior Teaching Consultant.

As director of the JMSC’s digital media programme, she led the ongoing update of our curriculum, making sure we cope with break-neck changes in technology. Under her leadership, mobile reporting and live reporting have become an integral part of our curriculum.

A consummate professional, she understood the needs of practicing journalists and led the JMSC’s MAP programme, which offers professional courses to the public.

Diane worked as a journalist in Asia beginning in 1981, mostly for Reuters, where her last posting was as Hong Kong bureau chief.

As a veteran foreign correspondent and former president of the HK Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Diane was a distinguished member of the international journalist community.

The JMSC is privileged to have benefited from her insight and dedication. Diane will always live in our hearts as a beloved member of the JMSC family.

A wake, but more than that, a celebration of the life of an unforgettable and wonderful person will be held in the FCC main dining room on Wednesday, March 21, at 7pm.

All are welcome to give Diane the kind of send-off she would have enjoyed herself.

The JMSC will soon post a public obituary.

With love and grief,

Ying