The gap between online journalism education and practice: A Hong Kong study

Ying Roselyn DU*, S. C. Eric Lo

*Corresponding author for this work

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This twin survey of online journalism professionals and students examines their perceptions of journalism skills, duties, and concepts. Using samples of online journalists and journalism students in Hong Kong, Asia’s media hub, it attempts to offer updated insights into the changes taking place in journalism classrooms and newsrooms and uncovers the discordance between online journalism education and practice. The study finds that traditional journalistic skills remain prioritized over technical skills in online newsrooms. The findings also suggest that today’s journalism students are fairly proficient in new media skills. Therefore, journalism curricula should not forgo training students in traditional journalistic skills for computer skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-434
Number of pages20
JournalJournalism and Mass Communication Educator
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication
  • Education

User-Defined Keywords

  • Journalism education
  • Journalism practice
  • Online journalism
  • Survey


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