When Japan’s national broadcaster, NHK, decided to produce financial and economic packages in English from Hong Kong, it turned to Jim Laurie, Director of the JMSC’s Broadcasting Programme, for advice.

The result? Within weeks, a team which included JMSC students and graduates, hit the ground running, producing financial and economic reports for NHK World, the station’s nine-month-old news and current affairs channel.

“For the JMSC this provides students with hands-on experience in a real news environment,” said Laurie, an Emmy Award-winning journalist and consultant for a number of successful TV start-ups.

“It will also be a source of internships. Two JMSC graduates have already been hired by the station.”

Working alongside established industry professionals such as Rob McBride, co-incidentally an adjunct lecturer in TV journalism at the JMSC, the JMSC students and alumni are part of a team responsible for the Hong Kong segment of NHK World’s flagship international news and business programme, Newsline, which broadcasts daily on the hour.

The Hong Kong section, anchored by MJ student, Lorea Solabarrieta, airs live for 30 minutes on Wednesdays from 2 pm. Each segment comprises a series of news reports, an interview slot, and ends with a feature.

“This is such a great opportunity, and I am using it to improve my anchoring skills,” said Solabarrieta who has experience working in television both as a writer and presenter for RTHK’s The Works arts news programme and for TVB’s Dolce Vita lifestyle magazine show.

JMSC graduate, Diego Laje (MJ 2009), was hired to report, shoot and edit feature packages. Jaymee Ng (BJ 2009) was taken on as the programme researcher. In addition to research, her duties include making transcripts and aiding with the transmission of material to Tokyo.

One of the team’s first reports, titled: China Economic Update: A Change in Macau’s Luck can be seen here .

Laurie said the JMSC was exploring further tie-ups with other broadcasters, both in Asia and overseas.

24 October 2009

JMSC Forges Professional Links with NHK

JMSC students, graduates and staff help launch NHK's new English-language broadcasts from Hong Kong
24 October 2009

Soros on China: Live Videocast With Q&A Session – Oct 30

The School of Economics and Finance and the JMSC invite you to a live video-telecast: George Soros’s Lecture on The Way Ahead – Comments on China.
24 October 2009

Hong Kong Model United Nations Club Seeks Student Journalists

The Hong Kong Model United Nations Club has launched a special committee for university students reading Communications and Media. It welcomes university students studying journalism, whether as a major or minor, to join the Hong Kong Model United Nations Conference 2010 international conference as reporters.
15 October 2009

Public talk by noted political blogger Wu Jiaxiang – Oct 15

The JMSC will host a public talk (in Putonghua) by noted political blogger Wu Jiaxiang, titled The Prospects for Political Reform in China.
14 October 2009

JMSC Students Podcast Ang Lee @ HKU

JMSC MJ students Park Hyongki and Andrew Lau covered award-winning film director Ang Lee's address to Hong Kong University on October 1.
12 October 2009

Featuring Professor Leo Ou-fan Lee

Sponsored by Muse Magazine; hosted by the JMSC and HKU 's School of Humanities
12 October 2009

JMSC’s Focus Asia Business Leaders series airs on ATV World

Four episodes of the Focus Asia Business Leaders series produced by The University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre will air on prime time starting Oct 2 for four consecutive Fridays on ATV […]
12 October 2009

JMSC Graduates Succeed in Job Stakes

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.