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Business journalism education in China

March 3, 2009

Academe, the publication of the American Association of University Professors, takes a look at the business journalism program at Tsinghua University in China that was created with the help of the International Center for Journalists in Washington.

Ann Morrison, a former Fortune editor, taught there last year.

Wendi Maloney writes, “Aside from linguistic problems, Morrison found her time at Tsinghua fascinating. ‘I feel very privileged to have had this opportunity,’ Morrison says. ‘It was really interesting to observe from the inside how this country is changing and trying to cope with media challenges. And teaching, particularly in this environment, has made me much more aware of the power of words and images, of subtle and overt biases, both in Western and Chinese media, and of the importance of fact-based journalism.’

“Vjollca Shtylla says the program enrolled a second class of sixteen international students and fourteen Chinese students in 2008–09. She notes that the founding sponsors initially committed to two years, but the ICFJ hopes they or other funders will enable the program to go on. ‘The ICFJ is very proud of this program,’ she says. ‘We don’t know how long it will continue at this point, but we definitely see it as a success.'”

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