Data and Media Communication Concentration (DMC)

An Interdisciplinary Concentration for HKBU Computer Science and Journalism Students


About this Concentration

This new interdisciplinary concentration aims to provide specialized data analytics and journalistic education and training to students. On top of general computer science training, students will be required to take a set of carefully designed courses offered by both Department of Computer Science (COMP), Faculty of Science and Department of Journalism (JOUR), School of Communication. Upon completion, students will be able to make use of data collected from various sources according to the journalistic practices to produce analytics, solutions and insights for media organizations and others in or connected to the industry.

Double Concentration Option
Computer Science students from the following concentrations are eligible to take DMC as a second concentration:

  • Computing and Software Technologies (CST)
  • Information Systems and Analytics (ISA)

Possible Career Prospects

This new concentration involves multifaceted fields, offering a variety of positions catering to a number of different skills, including online editor/manager of information technology at news organizations, web designers for news sites, data consultants, digital marketers, interaction designers, media business analysts and innovation specialists.

Top news organizations – to name a few, The New York Times, BBC, The Guardian, and The Times – have shown great interest in recruiting graduates with interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to meet the fast developing media landscape.

Besides joining news organizations, graduates can also work for public relations corporations, the marketing sector and other organizations such as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), to perform data-driven storytelling. Another career path is governmental and administrative positions, with graduates standing out for their interdisciplinary skills in writing and programming.


Advisory Committee (in alphabetical order)

  • Mr. Jonathan Soma
    Director of the Lede Program, Columbia Journalism School

  • Prof. Kathleen M. Carley
    Director of the Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Ms. Kitty Lun
    Head of Creative Shop, Greater China, Facebook

  • Prof. Yolanda Gil
    Director of Knowledge Technologies, Information Sciences Institute, The University of Southern California
    President-Elect of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
  • Dr. Xing Xie
    Senior Research Manager, Microsoft Research Asia

Concentration Management

Director : Dr. Li Chen (COMP)
Associate Director : Dr. Xinzhi Zhang (JOUR)

Committee Members (in alphabetical order)


Concentration Structure

Curriculum Structure

Part 1. Bridging Courses (6 units)

Course TitleOffering DepartmentUnits
For Computer Science Students
English News Reporting and WritingJOUR3
Introduction to Journalism and CommunicationsJOUR3
For Journalism Students
Fundamentals of Data Analysis and ManagementCOMP3
Data-driven Visualization for the WebCOMP3

Part 2. Core Courses (12 units)

Course TitleOffering DepartmentUnits
Data Analysis StudioCOMP1
Data Media Project I  (Honours Project)COMP3
Exploratory Data Analysis and VisualizationCOMP3
Integrated Data-driven StorytellingJOUR3
Investigative Reporting for Data and Media CommunicationJOUR2

Part 3. Elective Courses (3 units)

Course TitleOffering DepartmentUnits
Big Data AnalyticsCOMP3
Data Media Project IICOMP3
Data Mining and Knowledge DiscoveryCOMP3
Human-Computer InteractionCOMP3
Social Computing and Web IntelligenceCOMP3
Artificial Intelligence and Machine LearningCOMP3
Visual JournalismJOUR3
Current Affairs and News AnalysisJOUR3
Broadcast Reporting and ProductionJOUR2
Multiplatform JournalismJOUR2
Media ManagementJOUR3
Theory and Practice of Journalism in Greater ChinaJOUR3
Any course approved by the Department of Computer Science and Department of Journalism.

Frequently Asked Questions

The year of implementation is Academic Year 2018/19, for both first year first degree (starting from Academic Year 2016/17 intake) and senior year places students.

The Medium of Instruction is English.

You are highly encouraged! Investigative reporting, data journalism, and data visualization are key elements for this concentration. Yet, this Concentration does not require COMP students to have writing proficiency as good as journalists’. In addition, two related bridging courses will be provided to COMP students.

Yes, you are more than welcome to join this Concentration! The core courses of the Concentration provide carefully designed hands-on sessions to cover the computing concepts and skills up to the level enough to carry out data collection from online sources and to perform data analysis. Again, two related bridging courses will be provided to JOUR students.


For further information or enquiry about the concentration, please contact:
Tel: 3411-7080