Global University Film Awards

Rebranded from the highly successful Global Chinese Universities Student Film and Television Festival initiated by the Academy of Film in 2002, as the first of its kind in Hong Kong, the 1st Global University Film Awards (GUFA) strives to recognise globally the excellence of film productions by university students from across the world.

Rebranded from the highly successful Global Chinese Universities Student Film and Television Festival initiated by the Academy of Film in 2002, as the first of its kind in Hong Kong, the 1st Global University Film Awards (GUFA) strives to recognise globally the excellence of film productions by university students from across the world.

Dubbed the “Global University Student Oscars”, GUFA was held from November 7-9, 2018 and has attracted over 1,800 entries from film schools in 100 countries and regions, including the United States, Europe, Iceland, Belarus, Cuba, Tanzania, and Morocco, featuring master classes, screenings and pitching sessions, with the Award Presentation Ceremony held at the Academic Community Hall. We are honoured to have 20 world-class film professionals, including award-winning masters and judges of the Oscars, the Cannes Film Festival, and the Venice International Film Festival as the jury for our 11 categories of awards. More than 800 guests attended this special event to celebrate those outstanding film productions.

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The 8th Pulitzer Prize Winners Workshop

Titled “Seeking Truth: Investigative Reporting and Public Responsibilities”, the 8th Pulitzer Prize Winners Workshop from October 22-26, 2018 featured eight outstanding speakers who have won the Pulitzer Prize, including those in the Public Service category, the award with the highest honour, along with winners in the Investigative Reporting

and Feature Photography categories. They were invited to share their professional experience.

Titled “Seeking Truth: Investigative Reporting and Public Responsibilities”, the 8th Pulitzer Prize Winners Workshop from October 22-26, 2018 featured eight outstanding speakers who have won the Pulitzer Prize, including those in the Public Service category, the award with the highest honour, along with winners in the Investigative Reporting and Feature Photography categories. They were invited to share their professional experience.

As the first-of-its-kind in Asia, six to eight Pulitzer Prize winners are invited to HKBU every two years for a one-week series of intellectual activities, including lectures and seminars, and meetings with students, faculty, media professionals and the public. The Pulitzer Prize is regarded as the highest accolade that can be bestowed on an American journalist. It is the most respected annual award in the United States with worldwide recognition.

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The HKBU-SOPA Award Winners Forum

The HKBU-SOPA Award Winners Forum aims to enhance the standard of journalism education and journalistic practice in Hong Kong and the Greater China region by inviting a panel of SOPA award winners to participate in lectures and discussions on the journalism profession.

The HKBU-SOPA Award Winners Forum aims to enhance the standard of journalism education and journalistic practice in Hong Kong and the Greater China region by inviting a panel of SOPA award winners to participate in lectures and discussions on the journalism profession.

The Society of Publishers in Asia is a not-for-profit organisation based in Hong Kong and represents international, regional and local media companies in Hong Kong and around Asia. It hosts the prestigious annual SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence to set world-class benchmarks for journalism in Asia. The SOPA Awards were established in 1999 as a tribute to editorial excellence in both traditional and new media and were designed to encourage editorial vitality throughout the region. The awards cover a broad range of categories reflecting Asia’s diverse geo-political environment and vibrant editorial scene.

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HKBU Journalism Fellowship Scheme

Pioneered by the School of Communication in September 2018, the HKBU Journalism Fellowship Scheme is the first journalism exchange programme in Hong Kong for working journalists from Asian countries and territories. The Scheme aimed to build a platform for journalists from different backgrounds to exchange their frontline experience, enhance their

understanding of hot issues and topics in Asia and build professional networks, thus promoting the continuous development of the field of journalism.

Pioneered by the School of Communication in September 2018, the HKBU Journalism Fellowship Scheme is the first journalism exchange programme in Hong Kong for working journalists from Asian countries and territories. The Scheme aimed to build a platform for journalists from different backgrounds to exchange their frontline experience, enhance their understanding of hot issues and topics in Asia and build professional networks, thus promoting the continuous development of the field of journalism.

Selected journalists attended various courses and seminars, met with guest speakers from the United States at the Pulitzer Prize Winners Workshop, wrote feature reports on the 1st Global University Film Awards, and visited leading media organisations in Hong Kong and more.

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Asian Advertising Scholars Forum

The two-day Asian Advertising Scholars Forum from April 19-20, 2018, held by the Department of Communication Studies, aimed at providing a platform for exchange among academics, educators and industry practitioners in the advertising field.

The Forum featured three keynote speakers who

are editors-in-chief of the three most influential international advertising journals, namely Professor Shintaro Okazaki of the Journal of Advertising, Professor Charles Taylor of the Journal of International Advertising, and Professor John Ford of the Journal of Advertising Research. They shared their expertise in advertising research and expressed the need to understand the Asian perspective.

The two-day Asian Advertising Scholars Forum from April 19-20, 2018, held by the Department of Communication Studies, aimed at providing a platform for exchange among academics, educators and industry practitioners in the advertising field.

The Forum featured three keynote speakers who are editors-in-chief of the three most influential international advertising journals, namely Professor Shintaro Okazaki of the Journal of Advertising, Professor Charles Taylor of the Journal of International Advertising, and Professor John Ford of the Journal of Advertising Research. They shared their expertise in advertising research and expressed the need to understand the Asian perspective.

International Conference:
Documentary Film, Regional, Theoretical and Political Parameters

The Centre for Film and Moving Image Research of the Academy of Film hosted the “Documentary Film: Regional, Theoretical & Political Parameters” International Conference from June 25-27, 2018, which aimed to make a major contribution to the

field of documentary film studies by exploring the documentary film in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Southeast Asia, as well as international film theory and theoretical paradigms related to documentary film.

The Centre for Film and Moving Image Research of the Academy of Film hosted the “Documentary Film: Regional, Theoretical & Political Parameters” International Conference from June 25-27, 2018, which aimed to make a major contribution to the field of documentary film studies by exploring the documentary film in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Southeast Asia, as well as international film theory and theoretical paradigms related to documentary film.

The featured speakers of the conference included HKBU and leading international scholars, independent filmmakers, film directors and critics from Hong Kong, the United States, France, Brazil and more. The topics of the panel discussions covered Hong Kong, East Asian and Mainland China Documentary Films, Documentary Films and the Protest Movements, Colonial Documentary Films, and Theoretical Issues: Phenomenology and Film, and more.

Media Education Summit 2018

Co-hosted by HKBU Department of Journalism and The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice of Bournemouth University, the Media Education Summit 2018 from November 1-2, 2018 revolved around the topics of media education, media and digital literacy, and media/technology in education.

Co-hosted by HKBU Department of Journalism and The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice of Bournemouth University, the Media Education Summit 2018 from November 1-2, 2018 revolved around the topics of media education, media and digital literacy, and media/technology in education.

Keynote speeches and plenary panels were presented and led by a number of world-renowned speakers, including Feargal Keane who has won multiple accolades, such as Reporter of the Year in the Amnesty International Press Awards and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the US Overseas Press Association. Other keynote speakers included Dr. Marielza Oliveira of UNESCO, Dr. Donna Chu, Associate Professor of the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sarah Jones, Head of the Birmingham School of Media at Birmingham City University, Professor Hyeon-Seon Jeong of Gyeongin National University of Education, and representatives of the D.A.R.E Collaborative from the United Kingdom.

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HKBU 2018 Honorary Doctorate Distinguished Lecture – Why Journalism Still Matters

Professor Michael Schudson from Columbia University in New York, one of the five distinguished persons who received an honorary doctoral degree during HKBU’s 59th Commencement held a distinguished lecture at HKBU on November 21,

2018. Professor Schudson is a world-leading journalism studies scholar who examines the transformation of journalism from sociological and historical perspectives.

Professor Michael Schudson from Columbia University in New York, one of the five distinguished persons who received an honorary doctoral degree during HKBU’s 59th Commencement held a distinguished lecture at HKBU on November 21, 2018. Professor Schudson is a world-leading journalism studies scholar who examines the transformation of journalism from sociological and historical perspectives.

Drawing from his most recent book, Professor Michael Schudson’s talk was titled “Why Journalism Still Matters”. It aimed to highlight why journalism remains one of the most important professions for liberal democratic countries, during times when the press is constantly attacked by politicians. To highlight the importance of journalism today, Professor Schudson reminded us that most of the news we encounter on our social media platforms and even on television originate from journalists who work for traditional media, such as newspapers and radio, eliciting the value of traditional journalism.

Reminding the audience that journalism still matters to democracy and that is the role of professional journalists to play the role of monitorial watchdogs and to inform the citizens whenever politicians are on a pathway to illiberalism, Professor Schudson reminded the audience that journalism still matters.

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