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DealPro, new business magazine focused on China, set to launch

December 22, 2019

Posted by Chris Roush

DealPro, a new weekly magazine co-founded by a group of former New York Times and Wall Street Journal writers and editors, is planning to launch soon.

The Boston-based magazine is focused entirely on in-depth and investigative stories about China’s economic rise. It will launch in mid-February.

Former New York Times staff writer David Barboza is one of the founders and a staff writer. DealPro has also hired Gary Putka, a former Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg editor. Putka is the executive editor.

The publication’s genesis is from Barboza’s Nieman Fellowship. The publication is seeking contributing writers. DealPro aims to have three staff writers and 20 contributing writers.

In 2013, Barboza was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting “for his striking exposure of corruption at high levels of the Chinese government, including billions in secret wealth owned by relatives of the prime minister, well-documented work published in the face of heavy pressure from the Chinese officials.” He was also part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting.

From 2008 to 2015, he served as the paper’s Shanghai bureau chief.

Barboza won two awards in the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ 2007 Best in Business Journalism Contest, one for a Times article, “A Chinese Reformer Betrays His Cause, and Pays.”

He was also part of the team that won the 2008 Grantham Prize for environmental reporting for the series “Choking on Growth: China’s Environmental Crisis.” In 2002, he was part of a team that was named a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Enron scandal.

In 2008, Barboza won The Times’s internal business award, the Nathaniel Nash Award. He has twice won the Gerald Loeb Award for business reporting.

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