03.27.06

How We Got Started

Posted in General at 7:26 am by Nicole

Being pretty new to the blog scene, most of what’s going to happen on this site in the next few months will be one big experiment, learning about what people both in China and abroad are interested in knowing about what’s going on in the sports world in China. If you have questions about any aspect of the sports world here…what’s popular, what’s not, what’s on television, who the big sponsors are, what’s going on in sports at the university level…any of it, send us an email and we’ll be sure to incorporate it in a future post.

How did this project begin? A year ago, Shantou University in eastern Guangdong province hired me to design an academic program in sports journalism, with the hope that some students from this program would be able to attain a high enough level of expertise in both sports journalism and English-language reporting skills that they would be qualified to work at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. This semester, one of the classes, Introduction to Sports Journalism, will be contributing content to this weblog, letting English-language readers know more about what’s being written about in the Chinese sports media, what the trends are, what’s being covered and not covered, and where it’s all leading in the push to 2008.

I’ve added one link so far to this site: Shantou University’s Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication, our home base. It’s in Chinese, but an English-language site is being developed this spring and hopefully we’ll have a link up and running in the near future.

In addition to developing Shantou’s sports journalism program, I’m a sports journalist and documentary/television producer and editor based in the Seattle area when I’m home in the United States. I’ve written for American Track & Field magazine, RunnersWorld.com, and I’ve worked in television production for NBC at the last three Olympic Games (Salt Lake City, Athens, and Torino), and for Fox Sports Net Northwest in Seattle. One of the most influential days of my life was July 13, 2001, when I was studying Mandarin Chinese in Beijing. That was the day the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2008 Olympics to Beijing, and there was dancing in the streets – literally – all through the night. It was a celebration you couldn’t even imagine happening in the West, and it felt like exactly the right time for an Olympics to be given to a country like China, which is fast becoming one of the most important economic centers of the 21st century.

How the Beijing Olympics come together will be one of the most compelling sports stories of our generation, and we’re pleased to be able to witness the changes happening in China as the Games approach.

~ Nicole

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