Frances Hui 

 Aspiring Multimedia Journalist 

My Story

Scribbling notes as a man on hunger strike recounted his story, wearing my school uniform and breathing tear gas lingering in the air, I was surrounded by tents as far as I could see.

I crouched, in my school uniform, beside a haggard man. Between breaths of caustic air, he began to recount his story.

When people asked me "What do you want to be in the future?", "an accountant" was always undoubtedly my response until a huge pro-democracy protest broke out in Hong Kong in 2014. That was the Umbrella Revolution, an occupying movement that lasted for 79 days which people combatted against the government and asked for a ‘genuine universal suffrage’ on electing their own chief executive.

I, as a 15-year-old high school kid, wondered why the media only focused on a few student leaders. What about the other unnamed people who engaged in the movement? I was there, with a camera and pen, to write profiles and feature stories hidden behind the protesters. I posted the stories along with my photographs on social media. For only one week, it has gained over hundreds of likes and were widely spread.


While I was talking with one of the protesters, an older woman recognized me from social media, tottered over to me in tears, gave me a bowl of hot soup, and thanked me for writing these stories. I was stunned as I never thought that my writing and photography would have such a critical influence on others. This was the catalyst that sparked my interest in journalism. I learned that journalism is powerful as it is not just another story-telling method, but also a way to achieve social justice and equity by monitoring the government. It tells the truth and exposes injustice to the general public.


Since then, I called myself "a journalist."

I am from Hong Kong, not China

Over 4,000 views and 400 comments online

"I am from a city owned by a country that I don’t belong to."

"This is important to provide a comfortable environment for people to identify themselves as who they want to be."



 Sept 2018 – May 2020

Emerson College - Bachelor of Science in Journalism

Focused on print and multimedia journalism. Combined the knowledge of storytelling in print, speech, photography, and videography to deliver a story from different dimensions.

Sept 2016 – June 2018

Shoreline Community College - Associate in Arts (AA-DTA)

GPA: 3.78 (Vice-President List in Honor Society)

Excelled at majoring in Communications, specifically in Journalism, from learning interpersonal communications and public speaking, to practicing journalism both in-class and at the student newspaper organization.


Awards & Honors

MAY / 2018

2nd Place in General news

for Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators Contest 2018

An investigative piece on the detention of an international student at the U.S.-Canadian Border, which required me to reach out to spokesmen at CBP and ICE and school officials.

NOV / 2017

3rd Place for International Education Week 2017 Photo Contest, Shoreline Community College

Contest theme: Transition

The Outbound

Blue sky, sunset, starry sky, marshmallow cloud. All in one trip, one glazing. 


Journalism Experience

Sept 2018 - Feb 2020

Berkeley Beacon, the student newspaper of Emerson College

Assistant Opinions Editor, Assistant Arts Editor & Staff Writer

Wrote the article "I am from Hong Kong, not China;"

Reported for the general news, living arts, and opinion section; 

Communicated with editors; Adhered to strict deadlines.

Jan 2019 - May 2019

Malden Access TV, MATV

Journalism Intern

Wrote news stories and edited videos for the Neighborhood View website; Assisted TV production logistically.

Sept 2018 - Today, a student-run news website @ Emerson

 Opinion Editor and Writer

Assigns writers with opinion topics twice a week and edit their submission. Serves as a writer for different sections, such as politics, international news and entertainment section.

Sept 2018 - Dec 2018

Good Morning Emerson, Emerson Channel’s broadcast morning news show

Weather and Event Correspondent

Writes scripts forecasting events at Emerson and the weather in Boston and presents the forecast once a week.

Sept 2018 - Today

Emerson Independent Video’s News Field Team, for all EIV news shows

Correspondent, shooter and editor (alternate)

Produces news packages covering news and events around the Greater Boston Area, including writing and presenting news scripts, interviewing and filming with DSLR. 

Sept 2018 - Dec 2018

SparkNewZ, EIV's conversational news show

Assistant Producer

Assists the executive producers and directors throughout the shooting period. Works to research on news topic and find backdrop media to go with each story.

Jan 2018 - July 2018

Ebbtide, a student newspaper of Shoreline Community College 

Political Editor

Wrote 10 front-page stories, 15 feature stories and a profile article on 10 issues. Once interviewed spokesmen at CBP and ICE for an award-winning piece. Focused writing on, but not limited to, pieces related to U.S. politics, the college administration and the student government body. 

June 2015 - Sept 2017

Truth Media Hong Kong, a web media outlet specialized at political and civic reporting

Reporter and Photojournalist

Covered news, including breaking news in multimedia forms (text, photos and videos), as a one-man-band reporter. 

July 2015 - Dec 2016

Dawnews, an advocacy community news outlet in Hong Kong

Founder and Editor

A community organization that holds events and publishes newspapers that I co-developed and grew to 2,500 followers. I integrated my multimedia editing, journalism, communication and public speaking skills to gather the neighborhood of where I grew up in. I also hosted a political movie play event that over 3000 people attended


Additional Experience

Sept 2018 - Dec 2018

College Kitchen, Emerson Channel

"Sliced" Segment Shooter and Editor

Oct 2018 - Dec 2018

Generation Citizen – Emerson Chapter

Democracy Coach for Charlestown High

Sept 2017 - July 2018
Public Speaking Leadership Club, Shoreline Community College


Sept 2017 - July 2018
Public Speaking Center, Shoreline Community College

Coach and Teacher Assitant

Ask me anything or tell me your story!

Contact me
Tel: 425-245-4818

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