Director & Professor
Yuen Ying Chan is a journalist, journalism professor, and media consultant. From 1999 to 2016, she served as the founding director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong, a teaching and research department offering professional education, undergraduate and graduate degree programmes. JMSC graduates work at major media organisations throughout the world while some have launched start-ups to explore new forms of journalism in the digital age.
Under her leadership, the JMSC has become the hub of pan-Asian journalism serving to promoting journalism standards, freedom of expression and digital innovation. The JMSC is a pioneer in the teaching of convergent media, data journalism and media entrepreneurship.
Chan also served as the founding dean (2003–2012) of the journalism school at Shantou University, China, where she set up programmes grounded in journalistic values of balance, fairness and truth-telling.
Prior to joining HKU in 1998, Chan spent 23 years working as a reporter and editor in New York City, where she reported for the New York Daily News, NBC News, and Chinese language dailies. Her honours include a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, and a George Polk Award for Journalistic Excellence for her coverage of the people-smuggling trade from China. For her battle against a criminal libel suit in Taiwan, she was awarded an International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists in 1997. In 2013, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Asian American Journalists Association in the United States.
Chan consults often for Chinese and international media organisations and contributes to the global journalism community through her many public service roles. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Media Development Investment Fund and is a member of the World Economic Forum on Social Media. She is a founding member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and has edited six books on the media in mainland China.
Chan will retire from the JMSC in August 2016 and is plotting her life after.