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Programme Aims and Features
The Bachelor of Journalism programme is a communications-focused double-major curriculum for the digital age. Students use the journalism component of the programme to build critical thinking and communications skills across multiple media; by the end of the four-year programme they will be able to produce accurate and deeply researched written work on a variety of subjects, shoot and edit compelling video documentaries, and create data-driven online journalism. Graduates are highly valued by employers from a wide range of communications-intensive fields, such as public relations, law, education, government, and of course media.
In their second year, each student will choose another academic major to combine with the journalism component, thus creating a bespoke degree that will allow them to explore fully their unique intellectual interests, whether in other social sciences like sociology, politics, and economics, or in computer science, music, fine arts, language, or literature – to mention just a few of the choices recent graduates have made.
Throughout the programme, the emphasis is on experiential real-world learning. All students will complete at least one summer internship at a media publication or other communications-focused organization. Students also can spend a semester abroad at one of six top overseas journalism schools or one of HKU’s partner institutions.
A diverse faculty and student body ensures a lively learning environment that feeds students’ curiosity about the world. Current faculty members of HKU’s Journalism & Media Studies Centre (JMSC) hail from North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, while more than two dozen nationalities are represented among current students and recent graduates. Class size is kept small, to foster classroom discussion as well as the family feeling that makes the JMSC a very special place at HKU.
Graduates are highly qualified for careers in journalism and media-related industries, and a wide range of other professional jobs. The strong English component of the programme also prepares students for numerous career opportunities, emphasising analytical and communication skills.