Dr. Alice Y. L. Lee

Department Head

Alice Y. L. Lee graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a bachelor's degree (B.S.Sc., first class honours) in journalism and communication and a master's degree (M.Phil.) in communication. She holds a Ph.D. in educational studies from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

She has various sorts of media experience in Hong Kong. She once worked as reporter and editor for Ming Pao Evening News and Hong Kong Economic Times respectively. She was an editor for two magazines, one published by a government cultural agency and the other by a commercial operation. She also worked for Asia Television Limited. At the Chinese University, she was the press officer specializing in media relations.

Since 2000 she has been involved in promoting media education in Hong Kong and mainland China. She is now the vice-chairperson of the Hong Kong Association of Media Education and serves as the honorary consultant of the Institute of Media Literacy Studies at the Zhejiang University of Media and Communications. She has also started promoting media and information literacy (MIL) after she joined the Editorial and Advisory Committee of UNESCO which developed the global MIL assessment framework.

Email: alicelee@hkbu.edu.hk 
Tel: (852) 3411 7488

Web Site: Hong Kong Media Education Project
http://media-education.journalism.hkbu.edu.hk  or


Research Interest
Media education, media and information literacy (MIL), online news media, Net generation, Web2.0 and digital media, knowledge society


Subjects taught

  • Perspectives on Media and Society
  • News Media Management
  • Media Studies in the 21st Century (GE course on media literacy)
  • News Analysis
  • Communication Theory
  • Critical Studies of Mass Media
  • Journalism and Society
  • Television News Reporting
  • Reporting Laboratory (Broadcast Journalism)
  • Editing Laboratory (Broadcast Journalism)


Professional Services

  • Vice Chairperson, Hong Kong Association of Media Education, Hong Kong
  • Committee Member, Committee on Home-School Co-operation, Education Bureau, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government
  • Committee Member, Committee on Professional Development of Teachers and Principals, HKSAR Government
  • Adviser, Radio Television Hong Kong Programme Advisory Panel, HKSAR Government
  • Co-opted Adviser, Working Party on 2012-14 Manpower Survey, Mass Communications Training Board, Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong
  • Column writer, “Parenting the Net Generation” Column, Yellow Bus Light, Hong Kong
  • Associate Director, Academic Advisory Committee, Media Literacy Research Base, China Radio and TV Association, China
  • Honorary Consultant, Zhejiang Media Literacy Education Association, Zhejiang University of Media and Communications, China


Selected Publications


  • Moving from ML to MIL: Comparison between the Hong Kong and mainland China experiences, in S. H. Culver and P. Kerr (Eds.), MILID Yearbook 2014: Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue. Sweden: UNESCO, UniTwin Network and Nordicom. (in press)
  • The development trend of media literacy research, in J. Hong (Ed.), New trends in communication studies (pp. 640-659). Beijing, China: Tsinghua University Press. (in press)
  • Media education initiatives by media organizations: The uses of media literacy in Hong Kong media. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 69 (2), 127-145. (with Donna Chu)
  • Media literacy and information literacy: Similarities and differences. Comunicar, 42, 137-146. (with C. Y. K. So)
  • Hong Kong media education in the Web 2.0 era: Engaging with the Net generation. In B. S. De Abreu and P. Mihallidis (Eds.), Media Literacy Education in Action (pp. 87-93). New York: Routledge (Taylor & Francis).
  • 21st century competencies: Essential literacy for networked lives. In S. Peng and T. Wang (Eds.), Chinese Media Literacy Report 2014 (pp.8-16). Beijing: China Broadcast Publication International.
  • Hong Kong (Media Literacy). In A. Silverblatt (Ed.), The Praeger handbook of media literacy, Volume 2 (pp. 890-895). Santa Barbara, California: Praeger.
  • The foresight of media literacy. In C. Zhang, Y. Zhang and H. Zang (Eds.), Media literacy and inclusive social development (pp.78-85). Beijing: Communication University of China Press.


  • Literacy and competencies required to participate in knowledge societies. In UNESCO (Ed.), Conceptual relationship of information literacy and media literacy in knowledge societies (pp. 3-75). Paris: UNESCO.
  • Global media and information literacy assessment framework: Country readiness and competencies. Paris: UNESCO. (Alice Y. L. Lee as one of the members of the Editorial and Advisory Committee of this document.)


  • Online news media in the Web 2.0 era: from boundary dissolution to journalistic transformation. Chinese Journal of Communication, 5 (2), 210-243.
  • Cultivating twenty first century skills: The goals and practices of media literacy education in Zhejiang Province. China Radio & TV Academic Journal, Vol. 253, 64 -65. (with T. Wang)


  • Communist movement media, 1950s-1960s (Hong Kong). In J. D. H. Downing (Ed.), Encyclopedia of social movement media (pp. 103-105). New York: Sage Publications.


  • Media education: Definitions, approaches and development around the globe. New Horizons in Education, 58 (3), 1-13.
  • Family media education for the Net generation, Journal of Youth Studies, 13 (2), 54-64.
  • From communication power shift to media education paradigm change: The case of Hong Kong, Journal of Media Literacy, 57 (1 & 2), 69-72.
  • Integrating media education with positive psychology: Cultivating happy young people. In S. Peng (Ed.), Chinese Media Literacy Research Report 2010 (pp. 13-20). Beijing: China Broadcast Publication International.


  • The development of e-commerce in online news media: Toward a core Partnership strategy. In L. Leung, A. Fung and P. Lee (Eds.), Embedding into our lives: New opportunities and challenges of the Internet (pp. 323-346). Hong Kong: Chinese University Press. (with C. Y. K. So)


  •  Internet press freedom and online crisis reporting: The role of news websites in the SARS epidemic. In J. H. Powers and X. Xiao (Eds.), The social construction of SARS (pp. 69-90). Amsterdam: John Benjaminus Publishing Company.


  • Media education, critical citizenship and public sphere: The ideal and practice of media education in Hong Kong. Communication and Society, Number 3, pp. 133-155.
  • Media education in post-colonial Hong Kong: cultivating critical young minds. In A. Nowak, S. Abel and K. Ross (Eds.), Rethinking media education: Critical pedagogy and identity politics (pp. 177-199). Cresskill, N. J.: Hampton Press. (with E. Mok)
  • Hong Kong: The crown jewel of broadband for China with the second highest broadband penetration in the world. In L. S. Ha & R. J. Ganahl III (Eds.), Webcasting worldwide: Business models of an emerging global medium (pp. 279-296). Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. (with C. Y. K. So) [The book won the Picard Award]
  • The radio phone-in talk show as the people council in postcolonial Hong Kong. In J. Y. S. Cheng (Ed.), The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in its first decade (pp. 827-852). Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press. (with C. Y. K. So)
  • Global media for local Use: The development of webcasting in Hong Kong. Media Asia, 32(4), 226-233. (With C. Y. K. So)


  • Media & globalization. In J. J. Arnett (Ed.), Encyclopedia of children, adolescents, and the media (pp. 372-373). Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage Publication.


  • Between global and local: The glocalization news coverage on the trans-regional crisis of SARS. Asian Journal of Communication. 15(3): 255-273.
  • Marching into the knowledge society: The case of Hong Kong media education. In G. G. Cai, K. Zhang, & S. Y. Liu (Eds.), Media education in information age (pp. 9-19). Beijing: China Communication University Press. (with E. Mok)


  • Critical appreciation of TV drama and reality shows: Hong Kong youth in need of media education. In C. V. Feilitzen (Ed.), Young people, soap operas and reality TV – Yearbook 2004 from the International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media (pp. 117-128). Goteborg, Nordicom (Sweden): Goteborg University.
  • Doing e-commerce in electronic newspaper: Toward a partnership model. In P. S. N. Lee, L. Leung, & C. Y. K. So (Eds.), Impact and issues in new media: Toward intelligent societies (pp.35-60). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton
    Press. (with C. Y. K. So)


  • Online news media as interactive community bulletin boards: Coverage of SARS in the Greater China regions. Media Asia, 30 (4): 197- 205.


  • Media education movement in Hong Kong: A networking model. Mass Communication Research, 71, 107-131.
  • Dissolving boundaries: The electronic newspapers as an agent of redefining social relationships. In J. M. Chan & B. T. McIntyre (Eds.), In search of boundaries: Communication, nation-states and cultural identities (pp.
    72-94). Norwood, NJ: Ablex. (with C. Y. K. So)


  • Electronic newspaper as digital marketplaces. World Futures, 57, 203-230. (with C. Y. K. So)