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Are you a young writer trying to develop a career writing about China? The AMS Next-Generation Journalists Program is a unique opportunity to hone your writing craft and build a track record of publication while under the guidance of an expert in the field. 

Applications are now open!

Program Overview

Through tailored mentorships with renowned journalists, this AMS initiative supports four young professionals committed to a career writing about China. Each writer commits to writing four pieces over the course of a year. They receive feedback from AMS mentors with the goal of publishing these pieces in respected publications or websites.


Successful applicants will be selected across a range of disciplines and interest areas. They will then be paired with two of the following mentors, under the guidance of whom they will write two pieces each for publication:

Melissa Chan
Emmy-nominated print and television journalist based between Los Angeles and Berlin, focusing on transnational issues, often involving China’s influence beyond its borders, as well as the rise of global authoritarianism and ebb of democracies. Formerly with Al Jazeera and published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Time, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and more.

Richard McGregor
Former Washington and Beijing Bureau Chief for The Financial Times, and author of the books The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers and, most recently, Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century

Alexa Olesen
Director of Research at China Six, lead reporter/writer of China-focused stories for The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ award-winning China Leaks and Panama Papers projects, author of Pen America’s Censorship and Conscience: Foreign Authors and the Challenge of Chinese Censorship, and former correspondent for The Associated Press in Singapore and Beijing

Keith Richburg
Director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong, and spent more than 20 years overseas for The Washington Post. In 2022, Richburg joined Washington Post Opinions as a Global Opinions columnist.


Applicants should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents 32 years of age or younger and have:

  • demonstrated commitment to developing a China-focused writing career
  • studied and/or worked abroad in Greater China
  • professional proficiency in Mandarin Chinese
  • excellent writing skills
  • a high degree of personal integrity
  • a strong desire to improve his/her writing for publication

Application requirements

Interested applicants should prepare a résumé, a cover letter explaining interest in and qualifications for this fellowship, a relevant prior writing sample, and the names and emails of two references. In addition, please include a topic summary and work plan for the first article you propose writing in this program. Submit all materials to All applicants should register as members of AMS (sign up at

Application deadline

Application deadline November 15, 2022.

General support is provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York
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