Columbia Journalism School Names Former Reuters Reporter, Grace Li, as the 2019-20 Nikkei Scholarship Winner | Columbia Journalism School

Columbia Journalism School Names Former Reuters Reporter, Grace Li, as the 2019-20 Nikkei Scholarship Winner

Columbia Journalism School named Grace Li as the 2019-20 Nikkei Scholar. The $100,000 scholarship is awarded annually to exceptional journalism school candidates with the desire to specialize in data or business reporting. Nikkei Inc. is the parent company of the Financial Times, the publisher of Nikkei, and the Nikkei Asian Review.

"I'm very grateful to Nikkei for funding my study at Columbia Journalism School. The data journalism program has equipped me with programming and visualization skills to uncover and report stories using data," said Grace Li, '20 M.S. Data Journalism. "It is great that Nikkei provides such a great opportunity for reporters from Asia to be trained and get ready for the future of journalism."

Li was a Reuters reporter where she covered politics and general news in Hong Kong. Li was a key member for an award-winning journalism project on Chinese politics and participated in investigative reporting related to Iran and North Korea. After Reuters, she worked as a corporate investigator specializing in fraud and corruption investigations.

Li earned her Bachelor's degree in international journalism and communication in Beijing Foreign Studies University, and a Master's degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. During her school years, she worked for BBC News and ABC news in Hong Kong as well as China's national media and Olympic Committee in Beijing.

Students who are residents of Asia with an interest in the M.S. Data Journalism or M.A. Business and Economics concentration will be considered for the Columbia-Nikkei Scholarship.

The application deadline for the Data Journalism degree is December 15, 2019 and January 5, 2020 for the Master of Arts.

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About Columbia Journalism School

For more than a century, the Columbia Journalism School has been preparing journalists in programs that stress academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the school opened in 1912 and offers Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Data Journalism, a joint Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Journalism, The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism and a Doctor of Philosophy in Communications. It houses the Columbia Journalism Review, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, The Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. The school also administers many of the leading journalism awards, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes, the John Chancellor Award, the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, the Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, the Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, and the Mike Berger Award. 

About Nikkei

Nikkei Inc. is a trusted media brand in Asia, known for its quality journalism and capability in providing business news and information. Founded as a market news media in Japan in 1876, Nikkei has grown to be one of the largest media conglomerate with 37 foreign editorial bureaus and approx. 1300 journalists worldwide, with another global media brand, Financial Times, joining in our group in 2015. Nikkei has always been embracing digitization and technology to find a new way to deliver news and information as a reliable source of information to the global community.


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Chantal De Soto
Columbia Journalism School