About 850 child journalists got the chance to work with staff and students from the School of Communication of Hong Kong Baptist University. The July 4 visit gave the aspiring journalists from the Shanghai-based Xiaozhuren Bao student journal a first-hand look at the university's media and journalism programmes. Aged between eight and 13, the children and came from nine different provinces and more than 300 primary schools. They took part in three 45-minute sessions covering issues such as what it takes to be a good reporter, and mainland and Hong Kong relations. Professor Huang Yu, head of HKBU's journalism department, said it was 'a fantastic opportunity for the kids, and they seemed very interested in what they were being taught'. They were able to look at the university's state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, broadening their knowledge of their future careers. Xiaozhuren Bao was established in 1983 and has become widely popular across the country. It has received a huge amount of support for an adolescent-led paper, with an impressive circulation of over a million copies across the mainland. The production aspects of the paper are not left solely in the hands of children - trained professionals carefully guide them during the tricky processes of interviewing, editing and photography. The HKBU visit was part of Xiaozhuren Bao's 25th anniversary celebrations to commemorate what a success the publication has been across the mainland.