Prof LEE Alice Y L 


Ph.D., Education, University of British Columbia, Canada
M.Phil., Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
B.S.Sc., First Class Honors, Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
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Prof. Alice Y. L. Lee is a Professor of the Department of Interactive Media at the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). She has various sorts of media experience in Hong Kong. At the Chinese University, she was the press officer specializing in media relations. Her main research interest is media literacy. She is the co-editor of two books: International Handbook of Media Literacy Education and Multidisciplinary Approaches to Media Literacy: Research and Practice. Her academic works were published in Journalism Studies, Comunicar, Global Media and China, Chinese Journal of Communication, and Journalism & Mass Communication Educator. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Communication and Education (JCE) and a member of the International Editorial Advisory Board, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator (JMCE).

Prof. Lee has been promoting, teaching, and studying media literacy education in Hong Kong for the past 20 years. She has participated in teacher training, conducted student talks, and hosted parent seminars. She has researched media and information literacy (MIL) after she became a member of the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Alliance. She is also a Board Member of the International Council for Media Literacy. In Hong Kong, Prof. Lee is a member of the Steering Committee on Strategic Development of Information Technology in Education, Education Bureau.

Research interests 

Media and Information Literacy (MIL)
Media Education
Online News Media
Net Generation
Smart Cities and MIL Cities


Lee, A. Y. L. (2022). Media and information literacy: Evaluating misinformation and fake news in a complex world. In K. J. Kennedy, M. Pavlova & J. C. K. Lee (Eds.), Soft skills and hard values: Meeting Education’s 21 century challenges (pp. 164-179). London: Routledge.

Lee, A. Y. L. (2022). Whose justice? – Media literacy for handling Internet public trial. In D. A. Belinha (Ed.), Media literacy, Equity, and Justice (pp. 235-242). New York: Routledge.

Lee, A. Y. L. (2022) Collaborative network of media literacy education in Hong Kong amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In Y. Friesem, U. Raman, I. Kanizaj, & G. Choi (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of media education futures post-pandemic (pp. 102-112). New York: Routledge.

Lee, A. Y. L. (2022). Media literacy, quality journalism, and the promotion of social justice. In D. A. Belinha (Ed.), Media literacy for justice, lessons for changing the world (pp.106-112). Chicago: ALA Publication.

Lee, A. Y. L. Lee (2021). Building media-and-information-literate smart cities amid the Covid-19 pandemic: Opportunities and challenges. Word of Science International Scientific Journal, 1(2), 288-296, Russia.

LEE, A. Y. L. (2020). The development of media literacy in Chinese societies: From grassroots efforts to institutional support. In D. Frau-Meigs, S. Kotilainen, M. Pathak-Shelat, M. Hoechsmann and S. R. Poyntz (Eds.). The Handbook on Media Education Research. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Lee, A. Y. L. (2019). Teachers of journalism. In Vos T. and Hanusch F. (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Lee, A. Y. L., Zhang, K., & Chan, K. (Eds.) (2017). Multidisciplinary approaches to media literacy: Research and Practice. Beijing: Communication University of China Press.

De Abreu, B., Mihailidis, P., Lee, A. Y. L., Melki, J., & Mcdougall, J. (Eds.) (2017). The international handbook of media literacy education. New York: Routledge.

Lee, A. Y. L. (2016). Media education in the School 2.0 era: Teaching media literacy through laptop computers and iPads. Global Media and China, 1(4), 435-449.

Fu, J. S., & Lee, A. Y. L. (2016). Chinese journalists’ discursive Weibo practices in an extended journalistic sphere. Journalism Studies, 17(1), 80-99. [SSCI journal]

Lee, A. Y. L. (2016). Learning media literacy in urban and rural schools in China. The Journal of Media Literacy, 63 (1&2), 34-41.

Lee, A. Y. L., & So, C. Y. K. (2014). Media literacy and information literacy: Similarities and differences. Comunicar, 42, 137-146. (with C. Y. K. So)

Chu, D, & Lee, A. Y. L. (2014). Media education initiatives by media organizations: The uses of media literacy in Hong Kong media. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 69 (2), 127-145.

Lee, A. Y. L. (2013). Literacy and competencies required to participate in knowledge societies. In UNESCO (Ed.), Conceptual relationship of information literacy and media literacy in knowledge societies (pp. 3-75). Paris: UNESCO.

UNESCO Team (2013). Global media and information literacy assessment framework: Country readiness and competencies. Paris: UNESCO. (Alice Y. L. Lee as one of the members of the Editorial and Advisory Committee of this document.)

Lee, A. Y. L. (2012). Online news media in the Web 2.0 era: from boundary dissolution to journalistic transformation. Chinese Journal of Communication, 5 (2), 210-243.

Lee , A. Y. L. (2010). Media education: Definitions, approaches and development around the globe. New Horizons in Education, 58 (3), 1-13.

Lee , A. Y. L. (2005). Between global and local: The glocalization news coverage on the trans-regional crisis of SARS. Asian Journal of Communication. 15(3): 255-273.

Lee , A. Y. L. (2002). Media education movement in Hong Kong: A networking model. Mass Communication Research, 71, 107-131



Outstanding Performance Award in Service, Hong Kong Baptist University (2019)

Award for Outstanding Performance in Service, School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University (2013/2014)

Research Grants:

A. External Grants

(1) The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Research Grant. Project Title: “Media and Artificial Intelligence Literacy (MAIL) Program. 2021-2023”. (with Stephanie Tsang)

(2) UGC Funding for New Initiative, University Grant Council (UGC). Project Title: “GE in Media Literacy in 21st Century,” (for media literacy research and curriculum development), March 21, 2011 - August 31, 2014.

(3) UNESCO WSIS Research Funding, UNESCO. Project Title: “WSIS+10: Overview and Analysis of WSIS Action Lines C3 Access to Knowledge and C9 Media. Literacy and Competencies Required for Citizens, Communities and Nations to participate in Knowledge Societies,” September 28, 2012 - December 30, 2012. UNESCO Reference Code: 4500157413.

(4) UNESCO MIL Research Funding, UNESCO. Project Title: “Theoretical and Conceptual Framework for Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Indicators,” October 18, 2011 – December 12, 2011. UNESCO Reference Code: 4500157413.

(5) Quality Education Fund, Education Bureau, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. Project Title: “The 21st Century Skills Learning: Creative Information Technology Education Project,” September 2009 - August 2001 (with Shak Chung Shan Memorial Catholic Primary School and Good Counsel Catholic Primary School).

(6) General Research Fund (GRF), Research Grants Council (RGC). Project Title: “Online News Media as Digital Marketplace: Tracking Their Path of Development in the New Millennium,” January 2001 - December 2003.


B. Internal Grants

(1) Communication-Media-Culture Studies Funding Scheme Research Grant. School of Communication, HKBU. Project title: Assessing Media literacy as an Emerging Interdisciplinary Academic Field and its Social Implication. 2021-2022.

(2) Faculty Research Grant (FRG), Hong Kong Baptist University. Project Title: “Social Participation of the Net Generation Square People: A Case Study of the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong,” April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016.

(3) Faculty Research Grant (FRG), Hong Kong Baptist University. Project Title: “Online News Media as Digital Marketplaces: A First Phase Study of Tracking the Path of Online News Development,” January 2001 - October 2001.

(4) Faculty Research Grant (FRG), Hong Kong Baptist University. Project Title: “The Quest for Infomedia Literacy: A Study of the Hong Kong Educational Sector’s Response to Changes in Communication Technology,” February 1998 - October 1998.


C. Conference Grants

(1) Conference Grant, Hong Kong Baptist University Research Committee & School of Communication. Conference Title: International Media Education Summit 2018. November 1-2, 2018.

(2) Conference Grant, Hong Kong Baptist University Research Committee, Centre for Media and Communication Research, Lam Woo Foundation and Communication University of China (CUC). Conference Title: “The Fourth International Conference of Media Literacy: Multidisciplinary Approach of Media Literacy Research and Practice,” November 5-6, 2015. (with Professor Kara Chan and Professor Zhang Kai)

(3) Conference Grant, Hong Kong Baptist University Research Committee and School of Communication. Conference Title: “The Conference of Media and Healthy Development in Adolescence,” May 3-6, 2009. (with Professor Kara Chan)