The future of trade and globalization is dynamic, with implications for geopolitics, growth and development.

Media, as public opinion shapers, play a critical role in providing deeper perspectives on trade issues and promoting a more informed, productive public dialogue. Traditional journalism training programs do not focus specifically on trade, leaving reporters under-equipped to cover trade topics. Our programs are designed to bridge that gap.

The Hinrich Foundation and the National Press Foundation (NPF) offered a four-day workshop on all aspects of sustainable international trade. The workshop was held on June 17-20 in Hong Kong. Twenty journalist fellows were selected to participate out of more than 220 applicants.

International trade training for Journalists

Fellows learned from experts in the fields of foreign direct investment, treaties that shape trade, economic growth, social and environmental impacts, emerging economies, how the World Trade Organization works, China’s unique role, access to research and data, and more.

This all-expenses-paid fellowship also included two field trips to the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and the Modern Terminals.

Expert speakers included:

  • Kurt W. Tong, Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau
  • Michaela Browning, Australian Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau
  • Huiyao (Henry) Wang, President, Center for China and Globalization
  • Peter J. Levesque, Group Managing Director and CEO, Modern Terminals Ltd.
  • Tara Joseph, President, American Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong
  • Anne Marie Roantree, Bureau Chief, Hong Kong, Reuters
  • Derek Wallbank, Senior editor, Singapore, Bloomberg LP
  • John Carter, Senior editor, political economy, South China Morning Post
  • Sue-Lin Wong, South China correspondent, Financial Times
  • Elin Wong, Head of Corporate Affairs, Modern Terminals Ltd.
  • Merle A. Hinrich, Founder and Chairman, Hinrich Foundation
  • Alicia Garcia Herrero, Chief Economist for Asia Pacific, Natixis
  • Steve Okun, Senior advisor, McLarty Associates
  • Tatman Savio, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Stephen Olson, Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation
  • Alex Capri, Visiting Senior Fellow, National University of Singapore
  • Jeffrey Timmermans, Associate Professor of Practice; Director, Bachelor of Journalism Programme, University of Hong Kong
  • Henry Gao, Associate Professor of Law, Singapore Management University; Dongfang Scholar Chair Professor, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade
  • Julien Chaisse, Law professor, City University of Hong Kong
  • Bryan Mercurio, Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Hinrich Foundation and NPF offered this professional development opportunity for journalists to enhance skills, increase knowledge and recharge their reporting on one of today’s most critical issues.

The full agenda of the programme could be found here. You can track our live coverage of the event on our Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn platforms.

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Expert slides

For the full audio recording of all sessions and speakers’ interviews, visit the National Press Foundation’s website.

Hinrich Foundation Award for Distinguished Reporting on Trade

Hinrich Foundation award for distinguished journalists

To mark the end of the first night of our first extensive media education workshop, Founder and Chairman of the Hinrich Foundation, Merle A. Hinrich announced the official launch of the Hinrich Foundation Award for Distinguished Reporting on Trade on June 17th. This award intends to encourage exemplary journalism that advances the understanding of international trade. This award carries a $10,000 prize, and a trip to Washington D.C. Details could be found here, and more information is coming soon.