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SupChina/YCW Career Series
How to use your China skills to develop a career in journalism
Join SupChina and YCW as they bring together a panel of China-focused journalists from some of the world’s top news outlets to discuss how to use your China skills to advance a career in journalism.
Journalism is a natural career choice for people that focus on international relations. With China’s influence continuing to expand and the need for more, and better, coverage becoming more apparent every day, the opportunities available to China experts to write about China are ever-increasing. But how does a young China watcher transition to a career in journalism? On January 19th, join SupChina and YCW as they bring together a panel of China-focused journalists from some of the world’s top news outlets to discuss how to use your China skills to advance a career in journalism.
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Josh Chin is the Wall Street Journal's deputy China bureau chief overseeing coverage of general news and China's impact on the world outside its borders. Previously he worked as a politics reporter in the Journal's Beijing bureau covering surveillance, cybersecurity and civil society, among other topics.
Muyi Xiao is a journalist on the The New York Times Visual Investigations team, which combines traditional reporting with advanced digital forensics. Previously, she worked for ChinaFile, Tencent and Reuters, covering China from both inside and outside its borders. She was part of a team that was named a 2020 Pulitzer finalist in international reporting.
Eleanor Olcott is the China Tech Correspondent at the Financial Times. Previously, she worked as a China Policy Analyst, writing investment reports for a range of financial clients at the independent research firm TS Lombard. She is a graduate of the Schwarzman Scholars Programme at Tsinghua University and Cambridge University and has also studied Mandarin at the National Taiwan University. Eleanor worked in Taipei as a freelance journalist and translator before joining the FT full-time. She is currently living in London but is set to be en route to Hong Kong in 2022.
Jeremy Goldkorn is editor-in-chief of SupChina and co-host of the Sinica podcast. He moved to China in 1995 and became managing editor of Beijing's first independent English-language entertainment magazine. In 2003, he founded the website and research firm, Danwei, which tracked Chinese media, markets, politics, and business. It was acquired in 2013 by the Financial Times. He has lived in a worker's dormitory, produced a documentary film about African soccer players in Beijing, and rode a bicycle from Peshawar to Kathmandu via Kashgar and Lhasa. He moved to Nashville Tennessee in 2015 and is a board member of the Tennessee China Network.
Sam Colombie heads the Global Editorial Team at Young China Watchers. With a degree in China Studies, Sam left Belgium for Hong Kong in 2014 to cover the Umbrella Movement. He now teaches reporting and writing practice, as well as podcasting and audio news at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of the University of Hong Kong.