Stunned, shocked, unprepared-as a rookie journalism student with insufficient theoretical basis on journalism, the evolution from university class boycott to occupying movement has enormously equipped me into a more mature individual who wishes to be a world-changing journalist in the future. It’s been struggling for long to write a blog here, but a bad blog is always better than an empty blog.
Instead of writing a lengthy blog, three points will be illustrated to show what my learning outcome so far.
First and foremost, cards were collected from foreign journalists. Being a journalism student, it’s always essential to expand his networking regardless of any means he’s taken. Once the network has been established, news would be easier to be gathered through different journalists and hence more great stories would be made. For however embarrassed to ask for a card without having my own card to give for the first time, there should be a way to overcome such a psychological barrier-be brave and take the initial step.
Second, as the information flow between the reality and virtual world are seemingly discrete, the best way to understand the current situation should be asking the eyewitnesses instead of checking the tweets on Twitter or news feed on Facebook. Without much surprise, chances are, after showing my reporter passport to the people,they would be convinced and told me what they had been witnessing in the scene. Fortunately, no one rejected to answer my questions. Protesters were excessively nice.
Third,living in a bilingual country like Hong Kong, proficiency in both Chinese and English will be the most important element to deliver news to non-Chinese speakers in Hong Kong and overseas. As an international journalism student, it’s my mission to tell the truth to the English-speakers around the world. Yet, the reality is, translation always distorts the original meaning to whatever extent. But inaccurate information doesn’t mean that is not true, so the point being, if I’m about to report news in English, should I talk to the protesters in English all the time?