Annie Zhang Jieping is the editor-in-chief of the The Initium, an online Chinese-language publication established in Hong Kong in 2015. Under her leadership, the publication has won 28 regional journalism awards within 2 years. She previously worked as Deputy Chief Editor at City Magazine and was the Executive Chief Editor of iSun Affairs, an trailblazing online magazine also based in Hong Kong. She reported on China’s politics, urbanization, and the growth of civil society for Hong Kong’s Yazhou Zhoukan (Asiaweek) from 2005 to 2011.
Annie is interested in the ways that China is changing. She writes, “Two threads run through my work as journalist: one is the growth of Chinese civil society, including the awakening of ‘civil consciousness’ and the rise of new, Internet-based civil-campaigns. The other is China’s urbanization: the changes wrought by the rush of 1.3 billion people into cities will reverberate far beyond China.”
Between 2007 and 2011, she received awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) for Excellence in Investigative Reporting, Excellence in Human Rights Reporting, and Excellence in Reporting on the Environment. In 2010, SOPA named her Journalist of the Year. In 2011, she received the CKS Award for Aspiring Young Communicators. Annie was born in Wuxi, Jiangsu province. She holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou and a Masters degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong.