Global Business Journalism Lecture Series gives the world a taste of the Tsinghua program's dynamism


Global Business Journalism reporter


Professor Rick Dunham came up with the idea of the Global Business Journalism Lecture Series in the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic in order to bring the Tsinghua University program to the world.


“An innovation born out of necessity,” he calls the diverse series of 16 speeches on topics ranging from journalism skills to international public policy issues.

With the Tsinghua campus shuttered following the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, Professor Dunham, the Global Business Journalism master’s program co-director, created a community-building initiative to bring together

Tsinghua students who were stranded in their home cities, program alumni and prospective students. The free lectures helped students and alumni improve their journalism skills, from data research to investigative reporting, and keep up with the most important news stories around the world, from the economic devastation wrought by the coronavirus to America’s reckoning with racism following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Professor Dunham said he sought a diversity of voices from different backgrounds and perspectives, with a special emphasis on influential women in academia, business and journalism. Among the renowned journalists who participated in the series were Lise Olsen, Rochelle Riley, Jin Ding, Jonathan D. Salant, David Paulk and Sharon Jayson. Prominent

academics included ethics scholar Shakuntala Rao and public-diplomacy expert Nancy Snow. Kristiina Helenius and Mark Hamrick were among the eminent economic analysts who discussed the latest business trends from around the world.

The Global Business Journalism Lecture Series was launched in March, before the coronavirus outbreak became a global pandemic. It was on the cutting edge of a shift of university programs from classrooms to remote learning platforms. Professor Dunham said the lecture series allowed the Global Business Journalism Program to tap into the expertise of experts around the world without the cost and logistical difficulties of bringing them to the Tsinghua campus.

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Upcoming speakers

All sessions are scheduled for 9 p.m., China time, 9 a.m. EDT (Washington time), unless otherwise noted. Email us at for Zoom conference ID

Thanks to everyone in our Global Business Journalism community for making our Spring 2020 lecture series a rousing success. The 16 guest speakers discussed a wide range of topics, from journalism skills such as editing and data to profound societal issues such as race relations and economic crises.

Good news: Global Business Journalism is planning to create a for-credit course during the 2020-2021 academic year centered around our future lectures. But you won't need to be an enrolled student to attend our continuing lecture series. All lectures are open to Global Business Journalism students, alumni and friends, including working journalists and journalism academics.

The first lecture of the fall semester is scheduled for Tuesday, September 15. The guest speaker is Alexis Simendinger, a reporter and editor at The Hill who has analyzed American politics for PBS' Washington Week program. 


Keith Epstein

FUTURE SPEAKERS (dates to be determined)

Mika Hentunen

Washington reporter, YLE News

A top Finnish journalist will discuss what it is like to report from a foreign capital for an audience in another country

Keith Epstein

Investment researcher/investigator, Blue Heron Research Partners

Former investigative reporter, BusinessWeek, Huffington Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer


       Mika Hentunen

GBJ Lecture Series speakers