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Updated: 31 May 2022

HKBU Professional Journalism Fellowship announces its 1st class of fellows

The School of Communication and Film of Hong Kong Baptist University Professional Journalism Fellowship (PJF@HKBU) has selected two Fellows for one semester of on-campus study in the coming academic year (2022/23). The first-of-its-kind in Hong Kong, PJF@HKBU is supported by the Dorothy Shen Wong Memorial Fund and aims to raise the standards of journalism by allowing practising journalists to take a break to study at HKBU. By utilising the vast resources and networks available at the university, the fellows will not only be able to enrich their knowledge and widen their horizons, but also succeed as effective change agents for a sustainable journalism industry.

The two selected Fellows, Ms Denise Tsang and Ms Laura Zhou Yongjing, are both from the South China Morning Post: Ms Tsang is an award-winning journalist with over 20 years of experience who specialises in covering political and economic issues. “Journalism in Hong Kong is at a juncture of transition to a new stage of development. I plan to spend the semester exchanging ideas and views with students and professors. Upon completion of the fellowship, I look forward to being refreshed and recharged as well as bringing innovative ideas back to the newsroom,” said Ms Tsang.

With over ten years of journalistic experience covering public affairs and diplomatic issues, Beijing-based Zhou is thrilled by the opportunity to join the fellowship and study at HKBU. “I am always looking for ways to broaden my knowledge and opportunities to exchange ideas with people from different backgrounds. I believe my time at HKBU will be a precious period of self-reflection and opening more doors that will enable me to further hone my skills and become an even better journalist when I return to work," said Ms Zhou.

The Chair of the PJF@HKBU selection committee, Professor CK Lau, Professor of Practice and Head of Department of Journalism, believes the two Fellows would have much to offer and gain from HKBU and hopes that the fellowship programme will make a contribution to the sustainable development of the news industry in Hong Kong.

The selected PJF@HKBU Fellows will have the privilege of studying full-time at HKBU for one or two semesters by attending any courses at the undergraduate or postgraduate level as auditors. The fellows will each be granted a stipend commensurate with their respective incomes and levels of journalistic experience. Upon the completion of their studies, the fellows will share what they have learned through PJF@HKBU with their respective employers, colleagues and other media counterparts.

PJF@HKBU is one of the strategic initiatives launched under the Dorothy Shen Wong Memorial Fund. The HKBU School of Communication and Film received a HK$50 million donation in 2020, the biggest single gift it has ever received, from veteran journalist Professor Raymond R Wong in support of the School’s strategic development and journalism education. The donation led to the establishment of the Dorothy Shen Wong Memorial Fund in loving memory of Professor Wong’s late wife.

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