Global Business Journalism Program

International Center for Journalists

Date Awarded
Grant Period
02/01/12 to 01/31/14
Focus Areas
Journalism, Media Innovation

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  • Washington, DC

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To move the Global Business Journalism program at Tsinghua University toward sustainability as it attracts more revenue and students

The International Center for Journalists and Tsinghua University in Beijing launched China’s first Global Business Journalism Program on September 17, 2007. The initiative includes a two-year master’s degree program and professional trainings for working journalists from around the country.

The founding sponsors of the program are Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Bloomberg, and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, which form a unique partnership between business and media organizations.

The overall goal of the program is to create a cadre of top-notch business reporters and editors, who can produce clear, balanced and insightful coverage of China’s markets and the global economy. Tsinghua University, one of China’s premier research and teaching institutions, host seminars, briefings, and field trips to supplement the demanding program. The program’s faculty also organize parallel training workshops for working journalists throughout the academic year. Bloomberg News contributed ten Bloomberg terminals for the program’s business media lab to provide students with access to real-time information and data in the business world.

GBJ will help make China’s markets more transparent and foster greater understanding between China and the international business community. ICFJ believes that transparency of the Chinese financial markets will lead to greater investor confidence and integration of China into the global financial infrastructure.

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Project Team

Vjollca Shtylla

Vice President of Development

Shtylla oversees the development and communications departments. She previously worked as ICFJ senior program director for Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia and as deputy director of the Knight International Journalism Fellowships (1997-2007). Before joining ICFJ, Shtylla was regional director of the Solon Foundation in Albania (1994-96); Humphrey Fellow in Mass Communication at Boston University (1993-94); and assistant director of the Encyclopedia Publishing House in Tirana, Albania (1992-93). She has a B.A. in Chinese language from the Beijing Institute of Foreign Languages and a B.A. in language and literature from Beijing University. A native Albanian speaker, she is fluent in English and Mandarin, and proficient in French.