Project: Explore web-based, interactive journalism about social change in China.
Li Xiaoming was in high school when he decided to become a journalist. He earned two bachelor’s degrees — in economics from Shaanxi Normal University and inter-cultural communication from Peking University. He has worked in radio, newspapers and the Internet; in fully state-run media, in more independent state-run media and in private Internet media. His first job was at China Radio International. In 2002, he left to run the news department at the new 21st Century World Herald. After working at two publications that closed, Li joined Southern Weekend, where he was a senior editor, editing general news of the world. During his time at Southern Weekend he won an International Journalists Program Fellowship and spent two months studying in Germany. In 2009, he became an editorial supervisor at Phoenix New Media, a pioneering news portal, where he is currently the director of the blogs department. He now focuses on Internet journalism, with the goal of increasing its impact in China.