Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently visited the new Bloomberg News office in Beijing, where he met with graduates of the Tsinghua University Global Business Journalism (GBJ) program.
The meeting marked the eighth anniversary of GBJ, a project of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) which has trained more than 230 business journalists to cover China’s markets and the global economy.
Three graduates and a summer intern from the GBJ program are currently working with Bloomberg, and met with the former mayor. They are Penny Pend, a native of Wuhan, who works on the Speed Desk, a high-priority news team; Zongyan Tan, valedictorian of the first GBJ graduating class, who also works at the Speed Desk after spending two years at the China Daily; Haixing Jin, who spent four years at China Daily and now covers the equities market; and 2015 summer intern Yang Sheng, who plans to finish the GBJ program in spring 2016.
GBJ alumni have gone on to work for major news organizations in China such as CCTV, Xinhua News Agency, China Daily and the People’s Daily. GBJ co-director Rick Dunham said the one-of-a-kind initiative allows journalists to make valuable connections “that will last a lifetime.”
Tsinghua University is one of China’s premier research and teaching institutions. The facilities at Tsinghua include a laboratory with 10 Bloomberg terminals, where students can access a database of financial information normally available only to professionals.
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