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January/February newsletter: GBJ goes to Europe; Tsinghua is #1, again; GBJ welcomes Professor Suzanne Struglinski

Updated: Feb 22

The Global Business Journalism program at Tsinghua School of Journalism and Communication is the top English language business journalism program in China.


January/February 2024


Global Business Journalism reporter

The Global Business Journalism program is the top English language journalism master's program in China. GBJ students come from 72 nations.
Global Business Journalism students join a Tsinghua University group outside the city hall in Amsterdam during the recent winter study program in Europe.

The best university in Asia, new visiting scholar, new book publication and new summer study program at Washington D.C.

Greetings to all readers from Thailand! Our students and staff are currently enjoying a well-deserved break until the end of February but we couldn't wait to share the latest news from our GBJ family.

It's only been a couple of weeks since the final grades for the Fall Semester of 2023 were released, and now students can finally relax at home with their families.

While some of us were enjoying our time shopping with our latest Hong Baos (red envelopes) or perhaps watching the Super Bowl, others from the GBJ community spent their winter break on an unforgettable trip to Europe.


1. One big, gigantic, unforgettable thing: The European Intercultural Exchange and Leadership Program was more than just an experience

The Tsinghua University winter study program, initiated by Global Business Journalism Professor Rick Dunham, lasted from Jan. 20—28. During these nine days, staff and students traveled to European hotspots such as Milan, Italy, Brussels, Belgium, Utrecht and Amsterdam.

Staff and students visited the research department at Tsinghua University's Milan Center, the European Parliament Headquarters, local renowned universities, and news media offices.

Participating students attended the “Intercultural Communication in EU-China Relations: Issues, Consensus, and Vision” forum held at Tsinghua University's Milan Center. In the Low Countries, they engaged in in-depth conversations at Hogeschool Utrecht, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and the University of Amsterdam.

Students also had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with senior journalists and editors from the largest Dutch business media company. They attended workshops with professional journalists in Brussels, Utrecht, and Amsterdam, as well as intercultural training sessions in Utrecht and Amsterdam. Thanks to Professor Marco Van Stralen from Hogeschool Utrecht for coordinating our schedule in the Netherlands.

Additionally, the students made visits to famous landmarks in each country to allow them to gain a profound understanding of European cultural and economic development, as well as local customs. The students also connected with former Global Business Journalism students and teaching assistants in each country they visited.

Suzanne Struglinski, visiting professor in the Global Business Journalism program at Tsinghua University, 2024
Suzanne Struglinski

2. An addition to our GBJ family: Visiting professor Suzanne Struglinski

A University of Missouri alumna, Professor Suzanne Struglinski brings over two decades of expertise in public relations and journalism to her role as a visiting professor in the spring semester of 2024. Professor Struglinski, a former Washington bureau chief and president of the Regional Reporters Association, will be teaching the Global Business Journalism program's Intercultural Communications course every Tuesday, beginning Feb. 27.

Professor Struglinski has been a board member of prestigious organizations such as the National Press Club, the Regional Reporters Association, and the Washington Women in Public Relations. She has shared her knowledge as a guest lecturer at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., where she instructed in courses on “Media Relations.” Additionally, she was invited to The George Washington University to lecture in the “Introduction to News Writing” course. She is a previous guest lecturer in the Global Business Journalism program, as well.

Professor Struglinski will draw upon her deep understanding of both journalism and public relations, as well as her experience working for an international law firm, as she teaches students from around the world in her Intercultural Communication class. A heartfelt welcome to Professor Struglinski!


3. The only companion you need: The Routledge Companion to Business Journalism

Joe Weber and Rick Dunham are both veterans of the GBJ program at Tsinghua University.

We are thrilled to announce the release of "The Routledge Companion to Business Journalism," a collaborative effort involving several esteemed members of the GBJ community. The book was co-edited by our program's co-director, Professor Rick Dunham, and a former GBJ visiting professor, Joseph Weber.

Among the contributors to this significant academic work are former GBJ co-director James Breiner and Steve Schifferes, a guest scholar at Tsinghua School of Journalism and Communication. The book delves into pressing topics such as the forces shaping news coverage, the impact of globalism, personal finance matters, and the professional challenges faced by business journalists.

This companion serves as a helpful resource for scholars, researchers, and anyone interested in communication, economics or journalism. We enthusiastically recommend this essential addition to the field of business journalism.

>>> Grab yours here! A special discount is available through March 1 using the code AFL04.


Jordyn Dahl of Politico Europe is a graduate of the Global Business Journalism program at Tsinghua University. The GBJ program is the top English language journalism program in China.
Jordyn Dahl

4. GBJ alumna Jordyn Dahl takes the global media stage

We've been receiving inquiries about potential career paths for our students after they complete their Global Business Journalism courses. Today, I'm delighted to share an exemplary success story with you; our accomplished 2016 GBJ graduate Jordyn Dahl.

Jordyn, who attended GBJ classes at Tsinghua from 2014 to 2016, recently was named by Brussels-based Politico Europe as a mobility reporter, covering cars and electronic vehicles. Prior to her time at GBJ, she pursued her bachelor's degree from Colorado State University.

Her professional journey includes roles such as an editor at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Beijing, where her work focused on issues like U.S.-China relations. She also worked as a freelancer for the MIT Tech Review and a contributor specializing in technology and startups for

For the past five years, Jordyn worked as a Senior News Editor at LinkedIn, specializing in sustainability and climate reporting. Her work shed light on the transformative impacts of climate change on businesses and employment, often collaborating closely with LinkedIn's data scientists. She was a sought-after speaker at conferences and appeared on numerous videos on YouTube and LinkedIn.

The GBJ family extends our congratulations to you, Jordyn, on your remarkable achievements!


The GBJ program is the top English language master's program in China.

5. Asia’s best university for fourth consecutive year: Tsinghua University

Have you heard the news? Tsinghua University has once again secured the top spot as the best university in Asia, maintaining its position for the fourth consecutive year, according to "The Times Higher Education" rankings. Globally, Tsinghua broke into the Top 10 of the World Reputation Rankings 2023, finishing eighth.

In the concurrently released "Asia University Rankings 2023" report, Tsinghua University claimed the first position, closely followed by Peking University. These rankings are taken into account key criteria including teaching quality, research output, knowledge dissemination, and global engagement.

The 2023 ranking includes 669 universities from 31 territories throughout Asia.


The GBJ program is the top English language master's program in China.
GBJ Professor Rick Dunham last hosted Tsinghua students in Washington in 2018.

6. (Coming soon) another exciting trip, this one to Washington, D.C.

After our wildly successful winter study program in Europe, GBJ co-director Rick Dunham and international administrator Chengzhang Li are planning a summer leadership and education program in the United States.

The Washington, D.C., program will feature meetings with leading journalists, academics, policymakers and businesspeople. It will include tours of media offices, historical and cultural sites. We will be hosted for events at the International Center for Journalists and National Press Club, among other locations.

The program's duration will be about nine days. All participants who successfully complete the program will receive a special certificate from the International Center for Journalists.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Rick Dunham or send an email to


7. Happy Spring Festival!

The GBJ program is the top English language master's program in China.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2024 from the Global Business Journalism program.


The Global Business Journalism program at Tsinghua University in Beijing is the top English language business journalism program in China.
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