University: Columbia University
Current/Recent Course: Master’s in Journalism
Chunying Zhang is studying for a Master’s in journalism at Columbia University, having previously earned an honors degree in economics and English at Zhejiang University. Chunying has interned with Reuters and the New York Times in Shanghai and Xinhua new-media centre in Zhejiang, exploring topics from labour disputes to corruption. She was coach and captain of the Chu Kochen College debating team at Zhejiang University and also secretary-general of the Morningside Cultural China Annual Forum, organising three-day conferences in both 2012 and 2013 with discussions on social innovation, youth leadership and more. Chunying intends to read for an MPhil in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation at Oxford, to acquire more rigorous analytical skills. She dreams of creating a media organisation in China that will provide a platform for keeping track of and appraising public policies.