Century Club Environmental Journalism Exchange Sponsorship
The HKBU Century Club has given a grant to support BU undergraduates going on exchange programmes for one semester to members of the GEJI consortium.
This year sponsorships have been awarded to Lee Wai Kwan (Chinese Journalism), who went to City University in London, Annie Lee On Ying (International Journalism), who went to the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, and to two more who are on exchange at the moment — Wiki Su Xin (Financial Journalism) and Catherine Chen Tingyu (International Journalism), both of whom are at Monash University in Melbourne.
Lee Wai Kwan and Annie Lee are back and will each do a presentation on their experiences with environmental journalism at their respective exchange universities on Wednesday 25 March 2015 in the Journalism Computer Lab (CVA 7/F).
Check out Annie’s environment blog here.
“Biking for almost two hours to a suburb in Denmark for an interview with a farm owner was not as tiring as it sounds. With the tranquil beauty of the outskirts of Aarhus and the autumn breeze, it was no doubt also an environmentally friendly way to get around.
During my exchange semester in the Danish School of Media and Journalism, I attended journalistic lessons that introduced me to specific methods in environmental newsgathering and the skills to communicate difficult environmental subjects to readers.
Denmark is an eco-conscious country, but not that it has zero hidden problems. For example, textile waste has been a thorny issue. I had a chance to look into how the government and its citizens are managing the increasing waste generated from clothes.
As a member of the European Union, Denmark has been doing well in some environment-related regulations across the European nations. For an assignment, I went for the story idea of the Nitrate Directive (see my blog, link above). Carrying out environmental research at an international journalistic level and talking to environmentalists as well as officials in charge made a challenging and valuable experience.
The case studies of crisis reporting in class, such as climate change, allowed me to acquire a transnational perspective on environmental issues that are of critical importance in today’s local n global society. I am very glad to share my experience to my fellow students at HKBU.”
Wai Kwan attended a famous course in Environmental Journalism with Bibi van der Zee and was shocked at our lack of awareness in Hong Kong:
“I never thought that I would be studying environmental journalism, which is really rare in Hong Kong. But after I enrolled in the environmental journalism course, I understood why Europe emphasises the importance of environment. In London, environment, recycling and the relationship with our health are large concerns in daily life. You can’t imagine that when my lecturer Bibi asked who cannot live without eating meat, I was one of only two in the class who raised my hand.
City University London provided me with a brand new experience in reporting and understanding environmental issues. For example, we had a chance to talk with an environmental group based in London, 10:10, which is concerned about global warming, and we wrote a news piece to report their recent activities. More interestingly and surprisingly, we had to challenge ourselves by doing something about the environment we seldom did before and write a feature story with statistics, news sources and interviews about that issue. I chose to use my own lunch box whenever I bought take-away food.
The concept of taking care of the invisible environmental signature has become usual in my life since I came back Hong Kong. I even felt guilty when I bought my take-away lunch in a coffee shop today without taking my own lunch box. The course not only enhanced my reporting skills, but also changed my concept of environmental issues.
The course reminds me that the insufficient attention to environmental issues in Hong Kong means we neglect the problems aroused by what we have done to the earth.”