For enquiries, please contact us at 3917 1155 or by email to  Notes:

  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 and SOPA, as well as HKU and JMSC staffs, students and alumni, are entitled to 10% discount on all courses. Please 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.


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.

Date: May 5, 10*, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31
Time: Weekdays 6:30 pm – 9:25 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 12:55 pm, with an afternoon session 2:00 – 4:55 pm on May 10
Hours: 36
Class Size: N/A
Fee: HK$10800 | AAJA,SOPA,HKU Member: HK$9720
Registration Closed

News Editing – Instructor: Rusty Todd

If you’re successful as a reporter and are promoted into management, your editing skills become a hinge about which your career swings. Whether it’s newspapers, magazines, broadcast news or new media, top positions are reserved for journalists with impeccable editing skills. Moreover, being a good editor makes you a better reporter. Editors control your copy. If you know what they require, you have more control over the way your material is published. Finally, for those of you interested in copy editing and news production, the job market is better—and the pay higher—for entry-level editors than for beginning reporters.

The goal of the course is to develop a level of editing proficiency that will enable you to walk into a newsroom, sit down and go to work on the copy desk without embarrassing yourself. No editor or writer achieves perfection, which is why we have multiple layers of editorial review, but every competent editor catches all but a few errors in a given piece of copy.

You’ll learn to line edit; concept edit; prepare heads, Twitter entries and other graphic elements; rewrite disorganized copy; avoid legal and ethical quandaries; and select and package copy and art. You’ll learn how to prepare stories for Web publication.

Date: May 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 26, 27, 29
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:55 pm
Hours: 36
Class Size:  N/A
Fee: HK$10800 | AAJA,SOPA,HKU Member: HK$9720
Registration Closed

Reporting Science – Instructor: Thomas Abraham

Science journalism is an exciting and rapidly growing area of journalism, and the aim of this short by intensive course is to introduce you to some of the skills you will require to make a career in science journalism. Whether it is exploring the origins of the universe, the future of life on earth, or producing technologies to improve our lives, science deals with issues that are exciting and important. Even though so much of our lives are determined by science and technology, there is a large gap between the public and science: the public are largely unaware of what scientists do, and scientists tend to be puzzled that the public understands so little of what they do and how they work and think. Good journalism helps the public understand science, and equally helps scientists understand the public better. It also allows intelligent public debate on the scientific issues of the day.

Ideally be journalists (or with journalism experience); Applicants should submit their CVs to which will be assessed by the JMSC before acceptance is confirmed.

Date: May 7, 8, 9, 12 13, 15 16, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30
Time: 10:00 am – 12:55 pm
Hours: 36
Class Size: N/A
Fee: HK$10800 | AAJA,SOPA,HKU Member: HK$9720
Registration Closed

Investigative Journalism – Instructor: Chan Puiking

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.

It aims for professional journalists. 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 English; but if the class is all local reporters who speak Cantonese, the course will be conducted in Cantonese.)

Date: June 16-20, 23-27
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Hours: 35
Class Size: 20 max
Fee: HK$10500 | AAJA,SOPA,HKU Member: HK$9450
Registration Closed

You Can Communicate Effectively – Instructor: Barry Kalb

How to write press releases, public notices and other published material that will get your message across

In Hong Kong, hundreds if not thousands of press releases and public notices are churned out every day by universities, private organizations, political parties, the Hong Kong government and others. A huge proportion of these fail to convey the intended messages to the authors’ desired audiences: they are badly written, badly organized, confusing, and not written so as to interest their target audience.

Barry Kalb, author of the acclaimed book “You CAN Write Better English,” will demonstrate how to put the lessons of the book into action in order to effectively communicate with the audience you intend to reach. He will demonstrate how to identify an audience, how to select which facts to include, and how to structure a published message to achieve maximum effect.

Date: June 23, 24
Hours: 6
Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Class Size: 25 max
Fee: HK$1500 | AAJA,SOPA,HKU Member: HK$1350
Registration Closed

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.

Date:July 3, 8, 10
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Hours: 9
Class Size:  25
Fee: HK$3800 | AAJA,SOPA,HKU Member: HK$3420
Registration Closed

Documentary Video Production – Instructor: Ruby Yang

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

Pre-requisites: Some basic skills in Final Cut Pro / Adobe Premier; Video editing / shooting experience would be highly recommended.

Date: May 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:55 pm
Hours: 36
Class Size:  N/A
Fee: HK$10800 | AAJA,SOPA,HKU Member: HK$9720
Registration Closed

Basic Video Shooting and Editing – Instructor: Corinne Vigniel

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 Adobe Premiere for digital editing on Apple iMac desktops, 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.

Date: June 23, 25, 27
Time: 2:30-5:30pm
Hours: 9
Class Size: 25
Fee: HK$3700 | AAJA,SOPA,HKU Member: HK$3330
Registration Closed

Advanced Video Shooting and Editing – Instructor: Corinne Vigniel

his course is designed specifically for working journalists and aspiring story-tellers who already have a working knowledge of video news shooting and editing on Adobe Premiere. 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.

Date: July 7-11, 14-18
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:55 pm
Hours: 35
Class Size: 20
Fee: HK$10500 | AAJA,SOPA,HKU Member: HK$9450
Registration Closed

Information Architecture for
Effective Communications and Outreach – 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.

Date: Jun 17, 19, 24, 30
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Hours: 12
Class Size: 25
Fee: HK$4800 | AAJA,SOPA,HKU Member: HK$4320
Registration Closed