2001-2002 Freedom Forum/ Parvin Fellows at the University of
GUO, Yali (Terri). Guo was born in Central China's
Hunan Province in 1978. She got the English name, Terri, from her
American teacher when she was a student at Yali Middle School in Changsha. She joined China Daily in 2000 after graduating from Nanjing University, where she received a bachelor's degree in English language and literature.
During her past year at China Daily, she worked as an assistant editor in the Opinion Department. Her work included selecting, translating and editing opinion articles from the Chinese press and writing opinion articles in English on major events at home and abroad.
She says she was disappointed being assigned to the Opinion Department at first because she loves to write feature stories for the Arts and Culture pages better. But later, she realized how important the work of the opinion writers is.
She found that writing opinion articles is no easy job. She hopes to improve her language ability while at the University of Hawaii, and her experience will be a great help to her in the future.
LU, Haoting (Maggie). Lu was born in October 1978 in
Southwest China's Guizhou Province. She joined China Daily in 2000
graduating from Nanjing University, where she received her bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature.
Being extroverted and good at spoken English, she was assigned by China Daily to work as a coordinator of the Foreign Affairs Office for a year before beginning her real journalistic career. Her daily work involves receiving foreign guests visiting China Daily, preparing receptions and cocktail parties sponsored by China Daily and organizing entertainment activities for foreign experts who work for China Daily. She says she enjoys and cherishes working as a coordinator for the only national English language newspaper in China because such work experience enhances her communication skills and teamwork abilities.
When her one-year service in the Foreign Affairs Office was drawing to an end, she received the offer to study journalism at the University of Hawaii as a Parvin fellow. She says the 10-month program will better equip her to be an excellent news reporter.
Lu's father is a retired teacher and her mother is an accountant at a middle school.
Shen, Gang (Steel). Shen is the leader of the China
Daily fellows. He was born in 1976 in Xi'an, Shaani Province. He
graduated from Xi'an
Languages University in 1999 with a
bachelor's degree. In the same year, Shen started his career at China Daily as an assistant in the editor-in-chief's office. After 18 months, he became a reporter for Business Weekly, a weekly business paper of China Daily.
Shen's job in Business Weekly has been to write articles about China's macroeconomic situation based on the statistic reports of the National Bureau of Statistics. He has to deal with lots of figures and data such as China's GDP growth and foreign trade in his work. These figures are regarded as boring for most reporter and even readers. However, Shen says he enjoys his job. He also designs charts and cartoons to accompany the numbers to make them more interesting. Shen has worked in this position for more than six months and plans to continue in his job after he completes the training program in Hawaii.
Shen also wants to try his pen on other fields besides business. He once wrote a story about the illness of the thousand-year-old Terracotta Army. He thinks writing stories on various subjects are a challenge to reporters, but it can also be an unforgettable experience as well.
Shen has a twin brother named Shen Tie "Iron." He works for Siemens, a German company in China. He says it is difficult to distinguish one from the other when you meet them the first time.
ZHAO, Nan (Nancy). Zhao was born in October 1979
in The Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. She joined China Daily in 2000
after graduating from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, where she received her bachelor's in economics. She works on the web edition of China Daily, chinadaily.com.cn. As the first Chinese national news organization to go on line in 1995, chinadaily.com.cn enjoys a daily page viewership of 2 million. The site provides up-to-date news, newsphotos, and news cartoons in Chinese and English, covering business, politics, sports and life in China and the world. China Daily is striving to make the website the number one news portal in China.
Zhao is an enthusiastic sports fan. She plays volleyball, basketball and
tennis. Since swimming is her favorite sport, the white sand beaches in Hawaii are real heaven to her.
Xinhua News Agency
LIU, Lina (Lina). Liu, leader of the Xinhua fellows,
was born in March 1975 in Northeast China's Liaoning Province. She
graduated from Fudan
Shanghai with a bachelor's degree in
journalism. She joined the International News Department of Xinhua in 1997 as an editor of the overseas economic information section. Her daily job includes editing, translating and writing stories and articles in the field of international economic and financial information. During the past four years, she has written hundreds of features and articles that were published in a number of newspapers and magazines throughout China. She is also interested in doing research relating to her work. Many of her research papers have been published in scholarly journals. One of her papers won the 1999-2000 Annual Xinhua Research Award.
Her father was a government officer. Her mother was a high school teacher. Both are retired. Liu's husband is an officer in the People's Bank of China, which is the central bank. They have no children.
QIU, Hongtao (Tommy). Qiu was born in East China's Shandong
Province in 1975. In 1993, he entered Peking University to pursue an
economics degree. It was there that he gradually became interested in journalism. He chaired the Peking University News Agency for almost two years. Upon graduation in 1997, he became an editor for the largest daily newspaper in China, Reference News. As one of the major departments in Xinhua, Reference News generates almost half of Xinhua's revenue. His primary work there is coordinating and editing news reports for the columns of World Economy, Chinese Politics and Economy, etc. During the past four years, he has produced a large number of news reports and analytical articles on economics, culture and politics.
Qiu is concerned about the challenge of the Internet on traditional media. He says the Internet, which serves as a community of people on an equal basis, has posed great challenges to the traditional media. He wants to study the characteristics and prospects of the Internet media, so as to help expand the space of the development for Xinhua.
Qiu is the only child in his family. His parents both served as civil servants in his hometown.
YANG, Xiaohong (Rosa). Yang was born in 1971 in East
China's Anhui Province. She got her first bachelor's degree in 1992 in
Fuyang Normal University majoring in English literature. Yang then went to Xinhua's China School of Journalism for another two-year study and received her second bachelor's in journalism. Yang joined Xinhua, the largest news agency in China, in 1994 and was assigned to the Department of Domestic News for Overseas Service, where she wrote stories about China for overseas readers.
During her seven years at Xinhua, Yang had challenging work assignments including coverage of the 2000 Fortune Forum in Shanghai, the 1999 Universal Postal Union (UPU) Congress in Beijing, the controlling of the Y2K problem in China, and the 1998 floods on the Yangtze River.
In the first five years, Yang's beat was macroeconomics, keeping contact with government organizations such as the State Bureau of Statistics, the State Development Planning Commission and the State Economic and Trade Commission. From 1999 to date, as an IT writer, Yang was engaged in reporting latest technological development in China.
Yang is married and has a 4-year-old son. Her husband works in the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.
GE, Hong (General). Ge was born on Dec. 26, 1959, in
Beijing. His mother is a retired worker and his father is a retired
army officer. Growing up on barracks, Ge was trained to take care of everything by himself and to do everything quickly. He went to Bangladesh to work as a United Nations' volunteer in 1990, which he says was a challenge for him because he had to bear the heavy psychological and work pressure. He majored in management at the Beijing Normal University, so it was difficult for him to deal with the local youth work helping lift them out of poverty. With the help of the Bangladesh United Nations Development Program, he trained young boys and girls in fields of fish and poultry feeding and dress making; meanwhile, he learned from them how to struggle for existence in bad living conditions.
He has been working in the Foreign Affairs Department of People's Daily for more than eight years since returning from Bangladesh. He has worked with many foreign journalists such as French, Italian, Romanian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and American. He has visited several countries over five years including Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Singapore, and the United States. He learned some of their social customs, culture, and history that has helped him do his job better.