SPH -JMSC workshop for journalists on COVID-19 and other infectious diseases

The workshop is a pilot programme jointly presented by The University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health of HKUMed and the Journalism and Media Studies Centre.

The workshop will be held via Zoom, with a Q&A session with reporters after short presentations by HKU experts. We welcome members of the public to join us on YouTube. You can watch it live on March 31st.  Video recordings of the entire workshop will be uploaded afterwards.

Watch the live broadcast here:


  • To build health literacy and knowledge in Hong Kong
  • To provide basic tools and background knowledge to help non-specialist journalists to meet the challenge of reporting an infectious disease outbreak
  • To provide assistance to journalists in understanding and interpreting information and data


10:00am – 1:00pm (Hong Kong time, GMT+8)
Tuesday, 31 March 2020


  • Online via Zoom for participants
  • All are welcome to watch it live on the JMSC YouTube channel (please refresh the page at 10:00am onwards to view the livestream in case you do not see it playing)
  • Full recording of the workshop will also be uploaded to YouTube


Professor Keiji Fukuda, Director and Clinical Professor, School of Public Health

Presentations (Tentative and subject to change)
@10-15 minutes per speaker

  1. Epidemiological characteristics of outbreaks
    Professor Benjamin Cowling, Professor and Head of Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health
  2. Viral basics, including COVID-19
    Professor Malik Peiris, Tam Wah-Ching Professor in Medical Science and Chair Professor of Virology, School of Public Health
  3. Diagnostics and vaccines
    Professor Leo Poon, Professor and Head of Division of Public Health Laboratory Sciences, School of Public Health
  4. Mathematical modelling
    Professor Joseph Wu, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health
  5. Tracking rumours and mis/disinformation
    Dr. Masato Kajimoto, Assistant Professor of Practice, Journalism and Media Studies Centre

Q&A with speakers
Moderated by Thomas Abraham, Adjunct Associate Professor, Journalism and Media Studies Centre

For full information, please read on JMSC at here.

Image courtesy of LKS Faculty of Medicine, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (K.Tsia, K.Lee and Q.Lai), and Electron Microscopy Unit, The University of Hong Kong

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