This year 12 students from the University of Hong Kong will contribute to the ABC News on Campus program as 'Roving Reporters.'
The 'Roving Reporter' program gives aspiring journalists who are not formally part of the ABC News on Campus program the opportunity to contribute material to ABC. To learn more about 'Roving Reporter' please click HERE.
Thanks to a grant secured by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, at the University of Hong Kong , each student will have the opportunity to develop projects for ABC News. Some will be paid to travel to other Asia destinations on reporting visits. The partnership marks the first collaboration between ABC News on Campus and a journalism school outside the United States. Under the tutelage of Jim Laurie, an ABC News veteran who now teaches at HKU, the students will pitch stories directly to ABC News in New York, with the goal of completing six packages throughout the course of the semester for use on one or more of ABC News' platforms.
The students, identified as the best and brightest from the HKU, hail from a variety of backgrounds and several different countries.
Read their bios below to learn more.
Liyi Chen is a senior at the University of Hong Kong where she majors in journalism and economics. Originally from Singapore, she has long been fascinated with the socio-political changes taking place in Hong Kong with its return to China in 1997. Coupled with an aspiration to be a journalist since a young age, she figured she could pursue both interests simultaneously by doing a journalism degree in Hong Kong. As such, in 2007, she moved to Hong Kong for college. Later on in early 2009, she spent a semester on exchange at Fudan University in Shanghai.
While Chen has always had a greater passion for social and cultural studies, an internship as a business reporter in summer 2008 made her appreciate the role of commerce in our daily lives. Her curiosity in the behind-the-scenes aspect of the news business was also piqued, and she eventually planned the entire media launch across print, radio and television for a new consumer advocacy group in Singapore in summer 2009. Chen aspires to be a business journalist one day.
Zela Chin started her journalism career at CNN headquarters in Atlanta. After several professional moves, her last position in the United States was producing for daily news shows at CNN International.
She wanted a career abroad so she moved to CNN Hong Kong in 2005 to produce for interview program TalkAsia. She secured interviews with guests such as Disney CEO Bob Iger, scientist Stephen Hawking, and opera singer Luciano Pavarotti.
Currently, she is a master's of journalism student at the University of Hong Kong and contributes articles and photographs to the Phnom Penh Post.
She received her undergraduate degree at Duke University, with a major in Slavic Languages and International Comparative Area Studies. She also studied in both St. Petersburg and Beijing.
In her free time, Chin is actively involved with the Duke University community, and mentors undergraduates on their careers and working in Asia.
She also enjoys pilates, hiking, traveling, and perfecting her Mandarin.
Chin was born and raised in Los Angeles. She speaks conversational Mandarin and fluent Cantonese.