HK journalism students get taste of the real thing

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 March, 2009, 12:00am

Twenty Hong Kong journalism students and four teachers returned to the city yesterday after seven days in Beijing covering the congresses.

The trip was organised by the Journalism Education Foundation and participants came from the University of Hong Kong and Chinese, Baptist and Shue Yan universities.

With the support of the South China Morning Post, Sing Tao Daily, Hong Kong Economic Times and Commercial Radio, the students were given first-hand experience in covering the two major national events.

Students went to the openings of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the National People's Congress, and joined the hundreds of reporters covering briefings held by officials and regional delegations. They also met journalism students from Peking and Tsinghua universities.

Apart from working with reporters to get quotes and pictures, the students also wrote for their own publications. Baptist University students uploaded articles to the website of their department's publication.

Adrian Wan Chun-ho, a third-year Baptist University student, said it was a wonderful experience.

'I have never seen, nor reported on, such a big event,' he said. 'It is an eye-opening experience.'

The chairman of the Journalism Education Foundation and editor of the Post, C.K. Lau, said the programme offered students a chance to broaden their international perspective and would help give them a better understanding of the country, so they would not merely cover news from Hong Kong's perspective.