General Courses:

Technical Courses:

For enquiries, please contact Matthew Leung at / phone 3917 1155


  1. The JMSC reserves the right to cancel or amend course details.
  2. Enrolment will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Enrolment will be confirmed upon full payment of fees.
  3. Course fee will be refunded only if the JMSC cancels a course.
  4. All courses will be held at HKU, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong.
  5. A certificate will be issued upon satisfactory completion of a course
  6. Applicants for JMSC public courses should be 18 years old or above.
  7. Members of AAJA, SOPA and FCC, as well as HKU and JMSC staffs, students and alumni, are entitled to 10% discount on all courses. Please register for courses through “Registration with concession” and provide your membership name and number for verification. The JMSC reserves the right to cancel a registration if the membership details are invalid at the time of registration and no refund will be made.
  8. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they have satisfied any pre-requisite requirements. In the interest of other participants, instructors will not take extra time to coach participants on what they should already know.



General Courses:

Data Journalism – Instructor: Irene Jay Liu

In this increasingly data-driven, electronic world, good reporting isn’t just about going to press conferences and developing sources. We no longer have to take the word of “experts” to crunch numbers or solely rely on their analysis/ spin – we can, and must, do it for ourselves.

Stories are buried in public data all over the world – from government records to census data to private company disclosures. Whether it is providing a few numbers for a breaking news story or making sense of a large government data dump for the huge exclusive, mastering basic computer-assisted reporting tools will give you the edge to unlock these stories ahead of the competition.

This course will teach you how to:

1. Find and ask for information.

2. Give you the basic computer-assisted reporting skills to make sense of the data.

3. Identify, report and write the stories for a general audience.

Class Size: 30 max | Hours: 36

You CAN Write Better English – Instructor: Barry Kalb

Barry Kalb, lecturer in journalism at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre, and author of the highly regarded handbook You Can Write Better English, will discuss the errors that native Chinese speakers routinely make when writing English, how these errors should be corrected, and why good written English is essential in today’s globalized world.

Class Size: 25 max | Hours: 6 

Investigative Journalism – Instructor: Chan Pui-king

Crime, corruption, environmental destruction, the flow of money, goods and people are now all cross-border issues. This course is designed to equip students with the skills to find and research original, ground-breaking stories. It will cover digital research, using public records and databases to find stories, computer-assisted reporting, in-depth interviewing, beating the competition, and writing stories that make an impact. It will feature guest lecturers and students will report on live, cross-border stories.


Basic understanding of journalism; experience in dealing with the press, like answering press enquiries or preparing press releases or statements; knowledge on writing a news reports (basic concepts like inverted pyramid and lead must be familiar).

(This course will be conducted in Chinese)

Class Size: 20 max | Hours: 35 

Book Proposals that Work – Instructor: Lauren Dockett

Publishers are inundated each day with proposals from agents and experienced writers, not to mention first-time authors. This workshop identifies those components of a nonfiction proposal that inspire editors and agents to respond. This is a hands-on proposal workshop that covers all the elements of a good nonfiction proposal, teaches the language and needs of publishers in today’s media climate, and helps participants identify and market their strengths as authors and promoters. Participants can work from a finished nonfiction project or an early idea and by the end of the class will have a working draft of a proposal for a marketable book.

Class Size: N/A | Hours: 6 


Technical Courses:

The Craft and Art of Documentary Filmmaking – Instructor: Ruby Yang

This course will guide you through the various stages of digital editing and post-production phase of documentary production. You will actively participate in the editing of your own material.

Course Synopsis/Description:

Editing, the final stage of documentary filmmaking, is probably the most creative and yet the most challenging phase of production. This is the phase where one breaks or makes a masterpiece. This course aims to fully immerse participants into the world of creating documented reality with raw materials – photographs, video and audio clips. Learning the editing software is elementary. Building on the basic principles of digital editing – organization of material and assembling a timeline, participants will experiment advance techniques of building rhythm, creating montage sequence, and various ways of working with images and sound. Screening of award-winning documentary films explores the art of documentary films through analyzing the use of music, sound effects, and various editing style and technique used by editors to create mood, tension, conflict and resolution.

Lecture Topics:

Various styles of documentary films

Working with directors and the role of editors

Introduction to several professional editing softwares: Final Cut, AVID, Premiere

Basic principles of digital editing – organization and structure, time lines, basic trim procedures, picture and audio effects

Working with archival material

Working with music: original composition and published music

Introduction to Pro-tools for sound edit and sound mix

Designing titles, inter-titles, subtitles, fonts and graphics

Class Size: 30 | Hours: 36 

Basic Video Shooting and Editing – Instructor: Rob McBride

This course in digital video shooting and editing will enable students to enter the digital age of storytelling. It consists of on-location lessons in shooting, including shot composition, sequencing and continuity, as well as effective audio management. Participants will learn how to use Final Cut Pro digital editing on MacBook laptops, with an introduction to different types of storytelling formats, from breaking news to features. By the end of the course, participants will have created a short story.

Class Size: 20 | Hours: 9 

Note: The course date & time will be confirmed when enough number of people have enrolled. Interested parties please register & contact Mr. Matthew Leung ( for further details.

Advanced Video Shooting and Editing – Instructor: Rob McBride

This course is designed specifically for working journalists and aspiring story-tellers who already have a working knowledge of video news shooting and editing on Final Cut Pro. Participants will be expected to research, shoot and edit their own stories under the guidance of JMSC instructors. Participants will practice and develop working knowledge of the news-gathering workflow, through practical application of their skills in making a real news feature. They should come away from the course with a piece of television appropriate for a Hong Kong news channel.

Class Size: 15 | Hours: 35 

Note: The course date & time will be confirmed when enough number of people have enrolled. Interested parties please register & contact Mr. Matthew Leung ( for further details.

Web building with WordPress for beginners – Instructor: Masato Kajimoto

This hands-on workshop walks you through the process of setting up your own website with multimedia content on You will learn how to

1) configure WordPress content management system,

2) take advantage of various widgets and plug-ins,

3) embed your audio visual content and

4) integrate your social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.

Please note that this workshop is for absolute beginners and we do not discuss self-hosted website.


A working knowledge of web-based e-mailing services such as Gmail and Yahoo! Mail. Basic understanding of how popular web-based services such as YouTube and SoundCloud work.

Class Size: 15 | Hours: 6 

Web management for self-hosted WordPress site (intermediate) – Instructor: Masato Kajimoto

This workshop discusses various plug-ins, tools and strategies that would enhance your self-hosted, WordPress-based website. Topics range from social media integration to search engine optimization. Please note that this workshop is for those who already own their WordPress-based websites but have not gone beyond the basics.


Administrators’ rights to an existing self-hosted website run by WordPress content management system.

Class Size: N/A | Hours: 6 

Photo slideshow with audio for beginners – Instructor: Masato Kajimoto

This hands-on workshop walks you through the process of producing a photo slideshow with sound for your website. You will learn the basics of photo shooting and editing (PhotoShop and Lightroom), audio recording and editing (Audition), and slideshow creation and presentation (SoundSlides). Please note that this workshop is for absolute beginners who know very little about photography, audio recording/editing and multimedia storytelling.


Participants need to bring their own digital cameras and audio recording devices (smart phones are acceptable).

Class Size: N/A | Hours: 9 

Basic News Photography – Instructor: Kees Metselaar

This course teaches participants basics skills of photography and how to make better news pictures with their camera. They will learn about focusing, exposure and composing, and how to improve their pictures. The participants will receive tips and advice on how to make better pictures of people, especially in the street, during interviews and other newsworthy situations. At the conclusion of the course, students will feel more confident about using their cameras in those situations and will see better photographic results.

Class Size: 20 | Hours: 9 

Documentary Video Production – Instructor: Nancy Tong

This is a hands-on practical course on the techniques of documentary video production. Students will be primed on the various styles of documentary videos. They will learn and practice all the necessary steps to produce a short documentary video.

At the end of the course participants should know how to:

  • Develop and conceptualize a short documentary video
  • Conduct research and identify themes for the video
  • Perform on location interviews, video camera work and sound recording
  • Execute video picture and sound edit
  • Write proposal to seek funding for documentary video


Not suitable for people with fulltime employment unless they can commit to completing the out-of-class assignments. Applicants for this course must submit videos they were involved in producing as part of the application process. Send portfolios to for assessment of suitability for this course before enrolling online.

Class Size: 15 | Hours: 36 

Information Architecture for Effective Outreach and Communications – Instructor: Darcy Christ

In the digital age, organizations face the challenge of managing the ever-growing volume of information under their charge. They also need to find ways to share the information internally and publicly for the advancement of organizational goals. Websites are widely used for outreach and information dissemination, but they are just one piece of the puzzle in effective information delivery.

Information Architecture (IA) is the art and science of organizing information to make it both findable and usable by stakeholders. It is also the art of creating websites in ways that would maximize the potential of digital content delivery and outreach.

This course will introduce the main concepts behind IA, its history and role in web development. But it will also explore how the related fields of content strategy, usability design and social media strategy have enhanced the approach but not altered the principles of IA.

Class Size: N/A | Hours: 12