I got an e-mail during the weekend from Qifang Tang, a women who teaches in the Department of Economic Journalism at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. That’s right, an entire department devoted to nothing but economic journalism education. She is interested in coming to this country as a visiting scholar to learn more about American television and new media. She is pursuing a PhD in media management from Fudan University.
From what I could find on the Internet about this school, I’m impressed. They’re teaching their future economics and business reporters the same stuff that they’re teaching their future business leaders. That’s not happening here in the states. It’s hard to get undergraduate students to take courses in accounting, finance and management.
WIll the Chinese eventually outdo us in business journalism? Something to consider.