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Updated: 14 Nov 2013繁體

HKBU School of Communication - BBC Joint Conference:
“Independent Journalism: Language and Impartiality” starts tomorrow

The School of Communication of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), the BBC Academy’s College of Journalism and the BBC Chinese Service will host a two-day conference on 15 and 16 November to explore changing views of media impartiality with a particular focus on Chinese and English, and the impact of social media on these languages.

There will be more than five presentations/discussions. Topics include “The Importance of Impartiality in Today’s News”, “Editorial Values”, “How to Ensure Impartiality in Language”, “Impartiality in Language Around the World and Effect of Social Media on Language”, “The Language of Social Media in the West and Notable Developments in China” and “Language Use in Chinese Journalism”.

Details are as follows:
Date: 15-16 November (Friday – Saturday)
Time: 15 November (10:30am – 4:30pm), 16 November (10:30am – 12:30pm)
Venue: Dr. Hari Harilela Lecture Theatre (WLB 103), The Wing Lung Bank Building for Business Studies, Shaw Campus (new campus), HKBU, Renfrew Road, Kowloon Tong

Mr. Jonathan Baker, Head of BBC Newsgathering, BBC
Mr. Bruce Lui, Visiting Senior Lecturer, Department of Journalism, HKBU
Ms. Najiba Kasraee, Editor, BBC College of Journalism’s international websites
Mr. Bryan Curtis, Head of English Programmes, RTHK
Mr. Raymond Li, Visiting Lecturer, School of Communication, HKBU
Ms. Susan Fearn, Journalism and Production Senior Training Manager, BBC
Mr. Cheung Siu-wai, Senior Lecturer, Department of Journalism, HKBU

The joint conference is open to public. Conference content will be live-streamed on the HKBU Journalism Department’s website, the BBC Academy’s Chinese site and the BBC Chinese News website, followed by blogging in Chinese and English.

For details of the conference, please refer to the attached poster. For enquiries, please email

You are cordially invited to send reporters/photographers to cover the conference. For media enquiries, please contact Ms. Patricia Chan of the School of Communication at 3411-7875 /9722-7149 or

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