Category: Announcements

[Wanted!] HKBU Data-driven Storytelling Competition on Mar 22 – Mar 25

The School of Communication and the Department of Journalism of HKBU will organize a University-wide “HKBU Data-driven Storytelling Competition 2018.” All full-time HKBU students (undergraduate, postgraduate, research degree students) are welcomed!

The online registration deadline is: 18 Mar 2018.

The briefing session will hold at WLB 208 at 18:30, 22 March. During the briefing session, the topic for competition will be announced on-site. Participants will form groups on-site and kick off the project. Participants can work on their projects anywhere within a 72-hour time frame, and submit their work online on 25 March 2018, pm 18:59.

Award: Champion ( 1 team, HKD 3,000); Honourable mentions ( 3 teams, HKD1,000 for each)

For details and online registration, please visit:


Call for Helpers: Organising an Intra-University Competition

The School of Communication and the Department of Journalism of HKBU will organize a University-wide “HKBU Data-driven Storytelling Competition 2018” in early-mid March. We hope to facilitate the interdisciplinary teaching, learning, and discussion on data-driven news reporting and storytelling, as well as to appreciate exemplary student projects using emerging technologies.

Now the Competition Coordination Committee (“Committee”) is calling for two student helpers as event organizers to help handle event preparation and support. Duties include the following:

  1. Designing a (simple one-page) poster for the event;
  2. Designing a website with several (static) pages for event updates;
  3. Monitoring and documenting the registration process;
  4. Handling participants’ submissions;
  5. Providing contact and liaison support for different parties;
  6. Documenting the entire process, such as taking photos, writing brief essays and recaps;
  7. Other administrative and logistic support to be assigned by the Committee.
  8. Requirements: full-time HKBU students with good English and Chinese skills, prior knowledge and experience on data-driven storytelling and web design will be an advantage.

The student helper each will receive an allowance at a rate 50 HKD/hour, with a total of 10 – 15 hours.

Please submit your CV including your relevant credentials to Xinzhi Zhang ( xzzhang2 [AT] hkbu [DOT] edu [DOT] hk ) on or before 6:00 pm, 25 Feb (Sunday).

Note: Late applicants will not be accepted. Also, for the sake of fairness, student helpers are NOT allowed to participate in this competition. The Committee appreciates all the applications. However, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Tableau Student Viz Assignment Contest (Jan 8 – May 29, 2018)

Just created a visual for an assignment? Turn it into an awarding winning work by submitting it to the Tableau Student Vis Assignment Contest (Round II 2018)!


(Round I First PlaceWinner, Perusing the New York Times #1 Best Seller List)

Entry Eligibility:

  • Visuals should be created in Tableau, within the period of Jan 8 – May 29, 2018.
  • Participants should be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program.
  • Dataset used should publicly accessible.
  • Submit your work by publishing your visual to your Tableau Public profile

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Call for participants: Working with Civic Exchange, Covering Hong Kong Open Space

Screenshot: Carine Lai’s presentation on “Unopened Space”

Civic Exchange (思匯政策研究所,“CE” hereafter, a think tank) would like to collaborate with HKBU JOUR to make series of investigative reports on the issue of open space in Hong Kong. Basically, CE will share several datasets, and provide guidance on how to harvest other public data and how to interpret it, whereas the student teams will conduct reporting on this theme. Data journalism and data-driven storytelling are potential formats.

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Mario Game Workshop on Feb. 3rd, 2018

Event information

  • Date: February 3rd, 2018 (Saturday)
  • Time: 09:30 – 12:30
  • Venue: FSC901CD, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong [Map]

Mobile games are fun to play and also fun to build. You will experience building a mobile game in this workshop using Corona SDK. Corona SDK is an easy-to-learn Software Development Kit for building cross-platform games.

No programming background required.

Register here: [Mario Game Workshop]


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Workshop | Harvest water quality data for environmental investigation — DIY monitor with Arduino

Data is the key for environmental investigation and monitoring. However it is very hard for ordinary citizens to get access to. Let water quality be example, which is associated closely with our daily life. When serious environmental disasters break out, with limited information disclosure from government, general public can hardly know the truth in time. The motivates us to organise this workshop that enables you to make DIY monitoring devices with open technology.

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Hong Kong Data Journalism Bootcamp 2018

DNNers, Happy new year!

We are pleased to announce a 3 days data journalism bootcamp at the end of January. This is an intensive training to get you onboard this fascinating battle ship in the new media ocean. You will spend a fruitful weekend with 60 students from all Hong Kong higher education institutions. The event adopts a “startup weekend” format and features hands-on experience. Friday evening will see an overview of data journalism and team formation. Teams can work at any time from Friday evening all through Sunday afternoon to finish a data journalism project. Saturday is composed of three structured workshops including data collection/ preprocessing, descriptive statistics and data visualisation. Sunday morning will see some industry practitioners/ community contributors sharing tips/ pointers to further broaden the horizon of participants. Most training sessions are optional and attendees can pickup the preferred skills as needed.

Event overview:

  • Date/Time: Jan 26 (Fri) evening to Jan 28 (Sun) afternoon
  • Venue:
    • Day 1 (Fri): Cheng Yu Tung Building (100m from MTR University Station)
    • Day 2 (Sat)/ Day 3 (Sun): Learning Garden, G/F, University Library, CUHK
  • Audience: Students in Hong Kong higher education institutions
  • Cost: FREE (with HK$ 200 deposit)


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From graphic designer to data visualisation specialist – A sharing from Will Su

Photo: Will Su on KANTAR Information Is Beautiful 2017

We have invited Will SU Jiahao, the winner of Information Is Beautiful Award 2017 to share his experience on data visualisation. As someone who entered the data visualisation industry with zero knowledge in neither programming nor statistics, he will talk about how he transitioned from being a traditional graphic designer to a data visualisation specialist within the span of one year. The process involves picking up programming skills and becoming comfortable with both front-end web development and back-end dev ops. He will also touch on the exciting process of visualising data, as well as some of the common questions and obstacles new comers may face, how to overcome them, and progressively acquaint themselves with the work-flow of a web-based data visualisation storytelling piece.

Event information:

  • Date: Jan 12 (Fri), 2018
  • Time: 11:30am – 12:10pm
  • Venue: Room 1024, Communications and Visual Arts Building, HKBU

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Public Sharing: What can non-coders achieve in 3 months?

Title: What can non-coders achieve in 3 months? – A sharing of three journalism students from JOUR2106 Course.

Time: Nov 29 (Wed) ,3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Venue: CVA 1024


Some students are curious about the outcome of JOUR2106 Data Visualization for News. Since there is a lot of interest, we will hold a DNN event and invite three students who took JOUR2106 last year to introduce their projects and share a personal experience. Registration: No need for sign-up in prior.

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Data Journalism Open Lecture on November 11.

Shan HE, Project director of Greenovation Hub, Public Lab Organizer, member of Guangzhou International Dragon Boat team. Living in Changzhou island in Guangzhou, is coming to Hong Kong Baptist University on 11 November to talk about Environment Issue, Open Technology and Data Visualisation.

When: 11:30 AM-12:10 PM, Nov. 11, 2017 (Saturday).

Where: Room 703, 7/F, Communication and Visual Arts Building, Hong Kong Baptist University.

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