Mr. To Yiu Ming

Asst Professor

Yiu-ming graduated from the University of Hong Kong where he took a BA in philosophy and a master's degree (M.Soc.Sc.) in urban studies. He was a journalist for eight years before taking up a teaching post at this University, the then Hong Kong Baptist College. Between 1979 and 1986, he worked as a journalist for several news publications, including the Express Daily, Hong Kong Economic Journal, Pai-shing Semi-monthly, North America Daily (Hong Kong Office), Hong Kong News Journal and Hongkong Standard. He continues to write a weekly current affairs commentary for Ming Pao, which earned him a Human Rights Press Award for Special Merit in 1997. His current research interests include press laws and ethics, political communication and journalism history.

Tel: (852) 3411 7484

Subjects taught

  • Chinese News Writing
  • News Writing and Reporting
  • History of Chinese Journalism
  • Theory and Practice of the Press in Contemporary China
  • China Reporting
  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Press Ethics

Selected publications


  • From Political Institution to Economic Enterprise: China's Political and Economic Changes and Media Commercialisation. In Y.C. Wong (Eds.), China: 50 Years in Review, A Hong Kong Perspective. Oxford University Press, 61-78.


  • Colonial Rule and Press Freedom: Hong Kong's experience. In X. Yu, S. Guo, Y. Huang (Eds.), Journalism and Social Change, Chung Hwa, 1999, 281-296.
  • With Joseph M. Chan, Democratisation, Reunification and Press Freedom in Hong Kong: A Critical Event Analysis of the Xi Yang Case. In Clement Y.K. So and J. M. Chan (Eds.), Press and Politics in Hong Kong: Case Studies, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 465-495.
  • With Joyce Y.M. Nip, Television Coverage: Objectivity and Public Service. In H.C. Kuan, S.K. Lau., K.S. Louie & T.K.Y. Wong (Eds.), Power Transfer and Electoral Politics: the First Legislative Election in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Chinese University Press, 215-252.


Academic & Professional Services


  • Speaker. "Press Freedom in Hong Kong". Hong Kong Spirit, RHTK
  • Lecturer. "Mass Communication in China". Civil Servants' Training Course, organised by HKBU's China Studies Programme
  • Reviewer. China Information
  • Columnist. a weekly column, Ming Pao Daily
  • Member. Mass Communication Training Board, Vocational Training Council
  • Examiner. Panel of Civil Service Examinations, Hong Kong Government
  • Member. An Independent Panel to Monitor the Media during the Legislative Council Elections


  • Speaker. "School and Mass Media". Part of the Primary School Administration Course, organised by Education Department


Hong Kong Professional Teachers Union
Hong Kong Journalists Association
Chinese Communication Association (CCA)

 Honours & Awards

Winner. Human Rights Press Award for Human Rights Commentary. An annual competition organized by Foreign Correspondents' Club, Amnesty International (Hong Kong section), and HKJA