Journalists With Outstanding Careers at BusinessWeek and Time, Inc. to Teach at China's First Global Business Journalism Program

Former Knight International Journalism Fellow

Nailene Chou Wiest named co-director

Sep 17, 2007, 01:00 ET from International Center for Journalists

    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
     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.

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