Bachelor of Communication in Journalism

General

Program Description

Programme website: http://www.jour.hkbu.edu.hk/

All Journalism students pursue studies in three major areas:

(1) professional journalism, in which students learn the principles and skills of gathering, presenting and producing news and current affairs reports;

(2) theoretical foundations of the profession, in which students develop a conceptual understanding of the profession and its role in society through legal, ethical, political, historical, economic and media communication theory courses; and

(3) complementary studies of the relationship between journalism and society as well as the way politics, government, business and law operate in both local and international communities.

In all these areas, emphasis is on Hong Kong and Mainland China with due attention to the international context in which both communities operate. Subject to resource and quota constraints, all students have the option of adopting a secondary stream:

  • Broadcast Journalism (BJ),
  • Financial Journalism (FJ) 
  • or General Stream

each with relevant courses. At the end of the programme, every student has to produce a final-year project that integrates their conceptual and practical journalism knowledge.

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Unique Features

An essential component of journalism education is developing students’ ability to write and edit well, and to produce quality print, broadcast and multimedia news stories. Practice for all journalism students is provided by different workshops in different formats, including San Po Yan (in Chinese), Broadcast News Network (in Chinese), The Young Reporter (in English), The Young Financial Post (in Chinese and English) and DataStory (in English). While necessary supervision is provided, students are allowed a high degree of autonomy in deciding which stories to pursue.

Every year, many students broaden their horizons by going on exchange to universities in Europe, North America and Asia as well as the Mainland and Taiwan. A considerable number of foreign students also come to study alongside local students at the Department, giving it a multicultural atmosphere. The Department regularly organises overseas reporting trips to let students explore journalism across borders and cultures. In recent years, our students have visited Spain, Germany, Taiwan and Rwanda.

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Double Degree Programme with the University of Queensland in Australia

The Double Degree Programme between the School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Queensland (UQ), is a four-year full-time undergraduate programme whereby students study at the two universities and graduate from both. On completing the programme requirements, students will obtain two bachelor’s degrees, namely Bachelor of Communication (Honours) conferred by HKBU and Bachelor of Journalism or Bachelor of Communication conferred by UQ. The Programme fully adopts the same structure of the existing programmes offered by HKBU and UQ. For details, please visit http://www.comm.hkbu.edu.hk/comd-www/english/academic_programmes/m_ug_double_degree.htm


Double Degree Programme with the University of Missouri in the United 
States

The Double Degree Programme between the School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), and the School of Journalism, The University of Missouri (MU), is a four-year full-time undergraduate programme whereby students study at the two universities and graduate from both. HKBU students will spend their first two years at HKBU and the following two years at MU. On completing the programme requirements, students will obtain two bachelor’s degrees, namely Bachelor of Communication (Honours) conferred by HKBU and Bachelor of Journalism conferred by MU.

For details, please visit http://www.comm.hkbu.edu.hk/comd-www/english/academic_programmes/m_ug_double_degree.htm


Student Learning Experiences

Students in the Chinese Journalism and International Journalism concentrations are required to undertake a professional internship during the summer holiday following the third year of study. Internship is not required for students in the Data and Media Communication concentration, but will be arranged for them if they wish, subject to availability of intern positions. Students work as interns in a variety of media organisations all over the world. They are also encouraged to go on exchange study at one of the many universities we partner with around the world.


Career Opportunities

Many graduates of Journalism Major become reporters, editors, correspondents and producers in print, electronic and online media. Others move into related fields such as public relations, marketing, business and commerce, government service and education. Some pursue further studies in Hong Kong or overseas. We have a good number of winners of prestigious local and regional media awards and scholarships for postgraduate studies abroad.


Entry Requirements

We adopt a holistic approach in selecting applicants on individual merits. Applicants are required to meet the University Entrance Requirements and English Language Requirements.

Applicants admitted with advanced standing to Year 1 of study with international qualifications such as GCE, IB and SAT may apply for transfer of units.

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General Entrance Requirements

American-Patterned Education

High School Graduation Diploma and one of the following:

SAT: Minimum score of 1,190 (out of 1,600) in new SAT

AP: Grade 3 in at least two AP subjects

ACT: Minimum composite score of 23

British-Patterned Education

GCE Advanced Level (AL) / International Advanced Level (IAL) • Grade E or above in three AL/IAL subjects; or • Grade E or above in two AL/IAL subjects plus two ASL subjects (Not including Chinese and English Language subjects. The same subject cannot be counted at both AL and ASL.)

IB Diploma

International Baccalaureate

Other

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English Language Requirements

The following public examination results are recognised as meeting the English Language requirements stipulated by the University:

Proficiency Tests

Minimum Requirements

TOEFL

Internet-based test (iBT) - Score: 79; or
Paper-based test (PBT) - Score: 550

IELTS Academic

Overall Band: 6.0

SAT

A minimum score of 550 in both Critical Reading and Writing with a sub-score of 8 or above in Essay in old SAT; or
A minimum score of 590 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing in new SAT

ACT

A minimum score of 23 in both ACT English and Reading

GCE O-Level/ GCSE English/ English Language/ English Literature

Grade C/ Grade 4

IGCSE First Language English

Grade C/ Grade 4

IGCSE English as a Second Language

Grade B/ Grade 5

GCE AS or A-Level English

Grade E

HKDSE English Language

Level 3

HKALE Use of English

Grade E

IB

Grade 4 in:
IB English A (Higher or Standard Level); or
IB English B (Higher Level); or
IB English Literature and Performance (Standard Level)

OR

Grade 5 in:
IB English B (Standard Level)

Others

Other English language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University

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Admission Scholarships

Applicants with outstanding academic performance will have the opportunity to receive admission scholarships:

 

HKD

USD

Full scholarship*

190,000 each year

24,000 each year

Half scholarship*

95,000 each year

12,000 each year

*Subject to the University’s approval.

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

The School of Communication of Hong Kong Baptist University was founded in 1968. It provides a comprehensive range of programmes in communication available in Hong Kong at the undergraduate and postgr ... Read More

The School of Communication of Hong Kong Baptist University was founded in 1968. It provides a comprehensive range of programmes in communication available in Hong Kong at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Read less