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Published on Friday, 02 Apr 2010
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The master of arts in international journalism at the Baptist University's department of journalism offers a global perspective to professional news reporters.

Professor Huang Yu, director of the programme, says: "Teachers include former international news editors and reporters, as well as some who are working at agencies such as AFP and BBC."

The faculty organises a Pulitzer Prize Winners' workshop and a one week overseas field trip to further expose students to international journalism. Each year, the school invites four to six Pulitzer Prize winners to share their expertise and experience with students.

About 60 students are accepted each year and most students study one year full-time. A two-year part-time course can be arranged.

The programme seeks applicants who are interested in journalism and are committed to it as a professional career. A bachelor's degree and a good command of English are required. Work experience is preferred but not necessary.

Yu Jinyua, a graduate of the course, is working as a reporter for a local newspaper. She believes the course broadened her horizons. "I went on an overseas field trip to Prague. It was a rare opportunity and a great experience. In Prague, I did an article on the building style of the place. I had to interview people who could not speak English. It was a valuable leaning experience," she says.

She appreciates the course for bringing in practitioners in the industry to give lectures.

"These highly qualified professionals are close to the market. They know what is happening and gave me practical guidance."

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