Global Business Journalism Program Alumni Celebrate First Reunion

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  • Alumni of the Global Business Journalism Program at Tsinghua University gathered Dec. 7 in Beijing for the first reunion of the 5-year-old program.

  • About 40 graduates, journalism professors, and friends of the program attended the dinner reception. Professors James Breiner and Leslie Wayne, right, chat with alumni Anastasia Koltovich of Marcom Communications and Olga Sorokina, Interfax China.

  • A majority of alumni are working in communications fields such as journalism and public relations. From left: Peng Qian, Xinhua News Agency; Jade Cao, China Securities Journal; Chen Yingying, Xinhua; Wang Jingqiang, Xinhua; and Penny Peng, Bloomberg News.

  • Program Co-director Hang Min named some graduates to organize a formal alumni group. Professor Hang, left, with alumnus Eric Fish of the Economic Observer, center, and current GBJ student Nick Compton.

  • The reunion began with a welcome from Lee Miller, GBJ professor and Bloomberg editor-at-large. Here, Professor Miller with alumnus Wang Zhuoyan of Citic Bank.

Alumni of the Global Business Journalism (GBJ) Program at Tsinghua University gathered Dec. 7 in Beijing for the first reunion of the 5-year-old program. About 40 graduates, journalism professors, and friends of the program attended the dinner reception.

Graduates took turns giving updates on their careers and plans. A majority are working in communications fields such as journalism and public relations while some are in finance and business consulting.

Program Co-director Hang Min named some graduates to organize a formal alumni group and encouraged all to use the GBJ Weibo (Chinese Twitter) account as a way of staying connected.

The reunion began with a welcome from Lee Miller, GBJ professor and Bloomberg editor-at-large, who hosted the dinner reception at the company offices in the financial district. He said his company's support for GBJ was exemplified by Editor-in-Chief Matt Winkler’s phone call to a new hire, Stephen Tan, who is a GBJ alumnus. Winkler told Stephen he was proud of him and glad to see the program bearing fruit.

“We’re all a family,” Miller said. “We can support each other and help each other just like we would our own family.”

GBJ Co-director James Breiner told the group that the program would not be possible without the generous support of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Bloomberg.