Dr Mumbo

What story?

You might think a journalist’s enquiry to the journalism department of a top university would be a fairly straightforward affair.

Not always.

After a brief introduction declaring the purpose of Dr Mumbo’s call, a conversation with the university’s media coordinator (the person whose job it is to talk to journalists) proceeded pretty much like this:

Dr Mumbo: I’ve just read the story that featured HKU’s research in the South China Morning Post today, which makes for an interesting read. I would like to follow up that story with you, if that’s ok.

HKU: The….what? What story? What research?

Mumbo: The story about your research on censured Weibo posts…

HKU: [silence]

Mumbo: …in today’s edition of the SCMP.

HKU: [silence]

Mumbo: You are Hong Kong University? The Journalism Media Studies Centre, right? Perhaps I’ve got the wrong number?

HKU: No, this is the JMSC.

Mumbo: Well, you are in the newspaper today. The story is about censored posts. I’d like to follow it up with Dr Fu King-wa.

HKU: We’re in the newspaper today?

Mumbo: Yes you are. Would it be possible to speak to Dr Fu King-wa?

HKU: Go to our website, he’s listed on there. Thank you and good bye [click]

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