About Us

The China Media Project first began in 2004 as a research and fellowship program at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre (“HKU Journalism”), responding to the need for specialized research and engagement around developments in the Chinese media landscape. The CMP was started by Qian Gang, a veteran journalist and well-known author of several books on journalism, and Yuen-ying Chan, an award-winning journalist and educator as well as founder and director of JMSC.

Today, the CMP works with a range of journalists and partners to monitor trends and breaking developments in journalism and communications in China. The project actively encourages cooperation with other institutions and experts working in a challenging field. For more information, please contact director David Bandurski at david.bandurski(at)chinamediaproject.org or dbandurs(at)hku.hk.

CMP Staff

David L. Bandurski


Now director of the CMP, leading the project’s research and partnerships, David joined the team in 2004 after completing his master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He is currently an honorary lecturer at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre. He is the author of Dragons in Diamond Village (Penguin/Melville House), a book of reportage about urbanization and social activism in China, and co-editor of Investigative Journalism in China (HKU Press).

Stella Chen

Senior Researcher 

Stella Chen joined the China Media Project in 2021 as a senior researcher, responsible for daily CMP research and monitoring of the Chinese media and internet landscape. In addition to the Chinese media, her interests include topics related to the environment and gender in China and Asia. Also a multimedia content producer, she currently moonlights as an associate producer of the Sustainable Asia podcast, and worked previously as a video producer at the United Nations. Stella formerly worked as a journalist in Yangon, where she published a series of feature stories about female sex workers in Myanmar. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Manchester, UK. 

CMP Contributors

Joyce Chan

CMP Contributor

Joyce Chan is a freelance researcher with a particular interest in Chinese politics, media and foreign policy. She is fluent in Cantonese, English, Mandarin, German and Swedish.

Kevin Schoenmakers

CMP Contributor

Kevin Schoenmakers is a Shanghai-based freelance journalist.

Raphael Chan

2021-2022 Intern

Raphael is a final-year law student at the University of Hong Kong, pursuing a specialisation in Chinese law. His interests include surveillance, public opinion shaping and Chinese politics.

Editorial Board

The role of the CMP Editorial Board is to provide the project with expertise and feedback in its research and engagement activities, helping it to maintain the highest quality, sharpen its focus and stay astride the latest developments.

Yuen Chan

Currently a senior lecturer of journalism at City University of London, Yuen Chan is a journalist who has worked in print, television and radio as a reporter, anchor and presenter and columnist in Hong Kong, where she covered news in the territory in the years leading up to and after the handover of sovereignty from Britain to China in 1997. She was stationed in Shanghai and Beijing as a correspondent between 2003 and 2008. Yuen was previously Senior Lecturer at the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Kecheng Fang

Kecheng Fang (方可成) is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Chinese University of Hong Kong, his areas of research focussing on how media organizations deal with journalism in crisis, new actors in online content provision and how platforms and algorithms influence the information environment. Kecheng earned his PhD in 2019 from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He was formerly a journalist at Southern Weekly, a newspaper based in Guangzhou.

Christian Göbel

Christian Göbel holds the Chair of Sinology with a Social Science Orientation at the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna. Christian’s research has focussed on the relationship between technological innovation, political innovation and regime stability in East Asia. He is currently engaged in two research projects: one examining the impact of information technologies on regime stability in China, the other examining the determinants of successful political innovation.

Keith Richburg

Currently director of “HKU Journalism,” Keith Richburg is a journalist and former China correspondent who spent more than 30 years overseas for The Washington Post, serving as bureau chief in Paris, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Nairobi, and Manila. After retiring from the Post in 2013, he became a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University and a lecturer of international reporting at Princeton University. Keith’s coverage has won numerous awards, including two George Polk Awards, and was twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his reports from Somalia. His 1997 book, Out Of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa, chronicles his travels across Africa.

Marina Svensson

Marina Svensson is director and professor of Modern Chinese Studies at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University, where she received her PhD in Chinese in 1996. Marina’s research focuses on a range of topics related to contemporary Chinese society. Her books include Chinese Investigative Journalists’ Dreams: Autonomy, Agency and VoiceDebating Human Rights in China: A Conceptual and Political History, and Making Law Work: Chinese Laws in Context. She has served as an external reviewer of articles to academic journals such as China QuarterlyChina InformationJournal of International Communication, and Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism.

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