Yiyi Yang, 24, received her MA in Broadcast Journalism and Public Affairs from American University (AU) in 2013. Yang studied English as an undergraduate student, and interned at Voice of America (VOA) in spring 2013 and fall 2011. There, Yang worked in the TV control room and teamworked with other staff to produce and present several news shows. She familiarized herself with reporting, teleprompting, creating rundown and producing video packages. Yang also worked for Xinhua News Agency Washington, D.C. Bureau, assisting TV journalists in video reporting, writing, and editing international news stories. Now she works for CCTV-America General News TV section. Yang has been a volunteer reporter for Washington Chinese Media since May 2013, covering Chinese community events in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area.
At American University’s School of Communication, Yang learned and practiced journalism skills through interviewing, reporting, blogging, filming, editing and multimedia production. In her Digital News and Social Media class, she followed a beat about Chinese students in the USA and manageda blog about it. Yang is also proficient in radio and video production using GarageBand and Final Cut Pro. The courses such as backpack Video Journalism and Advanced Broadcast News gave her opportunities to produce news shows, documentaries, profile and features.
Yang can speak and write fluently in Mandarin Chinese and English, and her second foreign language is French.
Like most of the Chinese students in the USA, Yang cherishes her dream of becoming a journalist here: delivering the news, uncovering the truth, and giving voice for the public. There might be barriers, but she is ready and resolute.
Her reporter resume reel:
A video by AU’s School of Communication about Yang covering the 2012 election voting for the Virginia Pilot: