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Media Release | Aug. 27, 1997

Building opening ushers in new era in Canadian journalism

Sing Tao Ltd. Chair Sally Aw will join Sing Tao School of Journalism Director Donna Logan, University of British Columbia President Martha Piper, Board of Governors Chair Shirley Chan, and other representatives from the university and the community to officially open the Sing Tao School of Journalism building at UBC Aug. 27.

"The opening of this building marks the beginning of an important period for journalism in Western Canada and Canada as a whole," said Logan. "The Sing Tao School of Journalism will be the first in Western Canada to offer a graduate program and judging by the interest it has generated already, this is a much needed program."

The three-storey, 1,080-square-metre building was built to provide teaching and office facilities for the school's graduate students, faculty and staff members.

The building comprises one large classroom for 40 students, a seminar room for 20 students, a newsroom lab for 30 students with ancillary layout and darkroom space, graduate student and faculty offices, and offices for the director and assistant to the director. The project architect was A.J. Diamond, Donald Schmitt and Co.

"It is exciting to witness the introduction at UBC of advanced studies in a field which, with the rapid growth of communication technology, promises to have an ever greater impact on the lives of Canadians," Piper said. "Sally Aw and Sing Tao have shown both foresight and generosity in support of this project."

The school will hold its first classes in September 1998. Those who complete the program will receive a Master of Journalism degree.

Logan, a former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation executive, is the school's founding director. She has extensive experience in both print and broadcasting media including senior positions at The Montreal Star as well as the CBC.

The Sing Tao School of Journalism was made possible through the generosity of Sally Aw and Sing Tao Ltd., a Hong Kong-based media corporation.

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