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JMSC Begins Innovative Collaboration with New “Quartz” Business News Site

Heather Timmons, Asia correspondent for the new business news website Quartz and a former New York Times correspondent, has been named an honorary lecturer at the Journalism and Media Studies Center, in a innovative cooperative arrangement.
While she works on stories about Asian companies, consumers and economies, Timmons will also be available on Fridays to help JMSC students with their writing.  The ultimate goal, however, is for the students to work on content for the website, she said. “We’ve got all sorts of very ambitious ideas, that center around us finding a project the HKU J-school master’s students can work on with Quartz, with the aim of the students’ work being of professional quality and published on our website.”

 Heather Timmons Screenshot Quartz

Prior to joining Quartz, a publication of Atlantic Media, Timmons was a correspondent for the New York Times from 2003 to 2011 in London and New Delhi and headed India Ink, the Times’s blog on India.  She was previously the Banking Editor at BusinessWeek in New York, a correspondent for the Daily Deal and a reporter for American Banker.

Jeff Timmermans, the director of the JMSC’s Bachelor of Journalism programme, said the JMSC is always looking for opportunities to work with innovative news start-ups like Quartz.

“We hope our relationship with Quartz will be a model for an industry-academia exchange that will not only foster innovation but also give students the opportunity to work with publications like Quartz that are helping to shape the new future of the industry,” Timmermans said.