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


School of Public Health of HKUMed and Journalism and Media Studies Centre are going to invite journalists covering the COVID-19 pandemic to join a public health workshop for infectious diseases. This workshop is a pilot programme and part of an initiative to enable journalists to develop greater insight related to public health and science. The upcoming kick-off session will address the basics of infectious diseases, which is highly relevant for COVID-19 and other infectious disease outbreaks.

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


  • To build health literacy and knowledge in professional journalists
  • 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
Time & Date

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 theJMSC 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 toJMSC YouTube channel
1005 – 1215
Presentations(Tentative and subject to change)
10-15 minutes per speaker followed by 10-15mins Q&A
  1. Viral basics, including COVID-19
    Professor Malik Peiris, Tam Wah-Ching Professor in Medical Science and Chair Professor of Virology, School of Public Health
  2. Epidemiological characteristics of outbreaks
    Professor Benjamin Cowling, Professor and Head of Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, 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
1215 – 1300

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


If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Jennifer Wang, director of communications and development at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, or +852 9247 7032.