WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three leading
journalists with long experience in business journalism will join the
international faculty of China's first Global Business Journalism Program
at Beijing's Tsinghua University. They include Robert J. Dowling, former
managing editor of BusinessWeek International; Ann M. Morrison, former
editor of c; and Nailene Chou Wiest, who was a Knight International
Journalism Fellow in China and had worked for Reuters there. Wiest also
will serve as the program's co-director.
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They will join Chinese faculty from the Tsinghua School of Journalism
and Communication (TSJC) to teach in this groundbreaking two-year master's
degree program, established by the university and the International Center
for Journalists (ICFJ). Launching on Monday, September 17, the program will
train about 20 aspiring Chinese and international journalism students, as
well as selected practicing journalists. The founding sponsors of the
program are Merrill Lynch, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation,
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and Bloomberg.
Robert J. Dowling's career in business journalism spans four decades.
As assistant managing editor for BusinessWeek and managing editor of
BusinessWeek International, he supervised the magazine's global coverage.
He also started BusinessWeek China, now in its 21st year. Dowling will
teach news writing and ethics in business journalism.
Ann M. Morrison has held a variety of high-level jobs at top news
magazines. She served as editor of Time Europe, editor of Asiaweek magazine
in Hong Kong, and executive editor of Fortune. She has reported from Paris
for The New York Times, Financial Times and Time magazine. Morrison will
teach media management and feature writing in the spring semester.
Nailene Chou Wiest, who will serve as co-director of the program, was a
business correspondent for Reuters in New York and Shanghai. She also
worked as Beijing correspondent for the Hong Kong-based South China Morning
Post. In 2006, she was on a year-long Knight International Journalism
Fellowship in China and worked at Tsinghua University, where she helped
conceive the business journalism program. Wiest will teach business
"I could not be more pleased with the international faculty," said ICFJ
President Joyce Barnathan. "Bob, Ann and Nailene bring a deep well of
knowledge about business journalism and I'm convinced their perspectives
will be valued by Tsinghua students and the university at large."
In addition to the faculty, Don Morrison, former editor of Time Europe
and Time Asia, will conduct professional training seminars for working
journalists at the university.
The curriculum includes special training in global economics,
accounting and finance, corporate strategies, personal finance, research
technologies and methodologies, and legal issues in business reporting.
The three international faculty members will work with the
distinguished Chinese faculty at Tsinghua University to share with students
their in-depth knowledge and expertise in the theory and best professional
practice of global business journalism. The Tsinghua team is led by Li
Xiguang, executive dean of TSJC, along with Steven Guanpeng Dong, assistant
dean, and Shi Anbin, who along with Wiest is co-director of the Global
Business Journalism Program.
The International Center for Journalists, a non-profit, professional
organization, promotes quality journalism worldwide in the belief that
independent, vigorous media are crucial in improving the human condition.
Since 1984, ICFJ has worked directly with more than 40,000 journalists from
176 countries. Aiming to raise the standards of journalism, ICFJ offers
hands-on training workshops, seminars, fellowships and international
exchanges to reporters and media managers around the globe. For more
information, visit www.icfj.org.
Tsinghua University is one of China's premier research and teaching
institutions, with established schools of government, law, business and
journalism that represent a leading academic force and advocate for
political and press reform. As a center of top-quality education, Tsinghua
attracts China's brightest students, providing cutting-edge research and
career development opportunities. Faculty are frequently called upon to
provide expertise to public policy makers and national leaders, giving the
University unequalled access to decision makers. Tsinghua alumni hold key
positions in China's establishment, and play important roles in the
country's social and scientific progress. Over 80 percent of Chinese
leading nuclear scientists and space scientists are Tsinghua graduates.
SOURCE International Center for Journalists