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This five-day workshop on financial journalism is conducted primarily in English though both Mandarin and Cantonese will be used as well.
The course will cover:

- Elements of good writing
- Tracking the corporate life cycle – from IPOs to bankruptcy
- Ways of measuring company performance and profitability
- Tracking economic trends
- Strategies to brainstorm story ideas
- Sharpening interviewing techniques and source-building
- Navigating legal and ethical pitfalls

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

- Make cross-asset and ‘big picture’ connections in their financial reporting
- Understand the basic measures of company performance and risk
- Employ the elements of good financial writing
- Better bullet-proof stories for legal dangers
- Identify best practice in source-building and reporting ethics



Applicants should be working journalists from the Asia region with at least three years’ professional experience. Proficiency in spoken English is recommended. Where possible, applicants should submit two samples of their published work in Chinese or English.

Admission Deposit

HKD 4,000 by cheque (local) or USD 500 by bank draft (non-local) payable to “The Chinese University of Hong Kong”. The deposit is not due till after acceptance. The deposit will be refunded to participants after completion of the programme.

Tutorial cost and five days’ lunches are all covered.

For non-local participants, six nights’ accommodation in Hong Kong will be paid by the organizers.(Check in: 8 December 2013; check out: 14 December 2013) Travel expensese are not provided.

How to Apply

Please download the application form and submit it with samples of published work in Chinese or English via email to

Application Deadline:27 October 2013
Application Form: ( WORD / PDF )

Applications will be processed on a rolling basis. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Places are limited.

Sebastian Tong

Carolyn Qu

Victoria Xiaowen Bi

Sebastian Tong is the Financial Specialist Training Editor for Reuters in Asia, responsible for creating and delivering learning to deepen financial expertise in the newsroom.

Prior to this role, he was based in London where he reported on investment issues, in particular the fallout from the global financial crisis on emerging markets. He began his Reuters career in Hong Kong, where he reported on the Asia-Pacific loan market, before returning to his native Singapore where he led coverage of the city-state’s multi-billion dollar race to build its first casinos.

He is a graduate of the National University of Singapore and has a Masters degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Carolyn Qu is the Deputy Editor of Reuters Chinese News Service. The 70-member strong team reports on China’s financial markets and global news in Chinese. Before taking up her position in Hong Kong, Carolyn worked in Mainland China for 10 years as a financial news reporter at Reuters. She has a track record of breaking news and her market-moving scoop on China’s surprising fuel price hike was nominated as Reuters best scoop of the year in 2008. Carolyn’s graduate degree major is in Electrical Engineering. While working at Reuters in Shenzhen, Carolyn took a part-time MBA course at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

Victoria Xiaowen Bi took over as the Head and Editor of Reuters Chinese News (RCN) from 2012.  RCN is the biggest non-English language desk of the prestige global news organization. She joined Reuters in 2002, and had built up in-depth knowledge about CNY bond market, stock market, FX market, industries, especially on CNY NDF, CNY bonds, CNY IRS and macro-economic policy change in the past decade.

She graduated from the Agricultural University, Xingjiang and awarded an EMBA degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing in 2006.

School of Journalism and Communication
Room 202, Humanities Building
New Asia College
CUHK, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3943-5311 / 3943-5353
Fax: (852) 2603-5007