Past Event

Beijing Webinar: Journalism in the COVID-19 Pandemic — Roles, Demands, and Misinformation

May 11, 2020
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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During this ongoing COVID-19 disaster, journalists play an essential role in informing the public, affecting people’s understanding, discussion, reflection, and memory of the global crisis, and guiding public awareness and opinion. In this webinar, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing invites four senior media professionals to lead a discussion on how journalists respond to the crisis and how the crisis is challenging journalism.

Points to be covered:

  • How to provide balanced coverage and avoid spreading panic?
  • How is COVID-19 transforming journalism?
  • How to combat the spread of COVID-19 "fake news"?
  • How to overcome information overload?

This webinar is part of the Beijing Center's Coronavirus Thematic Series Program.



Wang GAO

GAO Wang

Gao graduated from Sichuan University and China Foreign Affairs University. Previously, he worked in media organizations and think tanks including Phoenix Online, Global Times Online, Chung Yang Financial Research Institute of Renmin University of China, and China Teenagers’ News Online, responsible for short video, commentary, new media management, etc. He is currently the director of the news center at website of People's Daily overseas edition. He focuses on international affairs, Asia-Pacific affairs, and Chinese affairs.


Tang Bo


Tang is a TV reporter for a 24-hour English-language news channel of China Global Television Network (CGTN), former English News Channel of China Central Television (CCTV News), doing feature reports on hot social topics in China and news stories on domestic and international issues. Report highlights include the G20 Hangzhou Summit, the UN’s 70th General Assembly, President Xi’s state visit to the US in 2015, MH370 airplane’s disappearance, the capsized cruise “Eastern Star” incident in Hubei Province and the Tianjin Blast in 2015. From January to April 2020, Tang spent three months in Wuhan, reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic and doing lives for both CGTN and many other foreign media. He also helped organize and hosted several online medical consultations where frontline medics in Wuhan shared their first-hand treatment experience with medical professionals in many foreign countries including the US, UK, Italy, Canada, and South Africa.


Zhijun Guo

GUO Zhijun

Guo has more than 10 years of media experience. During the time, she recorded many major domestic and international big events as well as China's host diplomacy, including several times NPC and CPPCC, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 2010 Guangzhou Asian games, the 2014 Beijing APEC summit, the 19th national congress of the communist party of China, and the 2019 G20 Osaka summit. Since 2014, She has served as the director of international news department at China Review News Agency. She develops international news coverage on China-U.S relations, the East Asian security issues, denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Sino-Japanese relations. She was a professional associate of Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University from the fall of 2015 to the summer of 2016. Since 2017, she frequent reports international summit on security issues such as the Shangri-la Dialogue, the Seoul Defense Dialogue, and the Beijing Xiangshan Forum.


Chang WEI

WEI Chang (Moderator)

Wei received her M.A. in Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University. She has worked in the United Nations, Roland Berger, and Caxton FX, who also possesses proficient language skills in English, Chinese, and German. She appears on a series of television programs in China to discuss youth leadership. Her area of interest is in media and education. She is currently a TV correspondent based in Washington, D.C. at Phoenix Television.



  • This webinar is in Beijing Time. Language: Chinese
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