2014 Hugo Shong Reporting on Asia Award
William Wan of The Washington Post
Boston University College of Communication named William Wan, China Correspondent for The Washington Post, the recipient of the 2014 Hugo Shong Reporting on Asia Award. In 2013, Wan’s reporting provided readers with an oft-missing element in the volumes of coverage that emerges annually from China, specifically empathetic reporting into the human dimensions of daily life in that vast nation. Before working as a China correspondent from Shanghai and Beijing, Wan served as a diplomatic correspondent focusing on U.S.-Asia policy. He has been with The Washington Post since 2005.
About the Award
The 2014 Hugo Shong Reporting on Asia Award is presented to an individual who during the 2013 calendar year has displayed the highest standards of international print journalism in a series of reports on matters of importance specific to Asia. The award includes a $10,000 cash prize and will be presented at a luncheon ceremony at Boston University on March 31, 2014.
Previous winners have included Jeremy Page of The Wall Street Journal Beijing, David Barboza of The New York Times, Carlotta Gall of The New York Times, and Peter Goodman, formerly of The Washington Post, The New York Times, and currently Executive Business Editor of The Huffington Post.
About Hugo Shong
Hugo Shong has been Founding General Partner of IDG Capital Partners since 1993, also of IDG-Accel China Growth Fund and IDG-Accel Capital Fund since 2005 and 2008 respectively.
In 1993, backed by Patrick J. McGovern, founder and chairman of Boston-headquartered International Data Group (IDG), Mr. Shong formed China’s first technology venture capital firm, IDG Capital Partners which was to invest in a string of China’s most successful internet companies such as Baidu, Tencent (QQ), Sohu, Ctrip, and Soufun.
Partnered with Accel Partners in 2005, IDG Capital Partners now has a total of US$3.8 billion and RMB 3.6 billion (US$600 million) under its management in China.
As an award-winning journalist, Mr. Shong also launched and published over 40 magazines in China and Vietnam, including the Chinese editions of Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, National Geographic, Men’s Health and Robert Report, along with the Vietnamese editions of PC World and CIO magazines.
Mr. Shong completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in the fall of 1996. He conducted graduate studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 1987-88 and earned his MS degree from Boston University’s College of Communication in 1987. He studied Journalism at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences from 1984 to 1986 and he received a B.A. degree from Hunan University in 1982.
A recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award at College of Communication, Boston University, in 1998, and Boston University Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2004, he has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Boston University since 2005.
About the Department of Journalism
at Boston University’s College of Communication
Boston University, with more than 33,000 students enrolled in its 16 schools and colleges, is the nation’s fourth-largest independent university.
The study of journalism at Boston University traces its roots to 1913 and has been a major department in the College of Communication, since its founding in 1947. In addition to its undergraduate program, the department offers masters degrees in Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, Business and Economics Journalism, Photojournalism and Science Journalism.
Twenty graduates of the College, as individuals or in teams, have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize. More than 33,000 alumni of the College work throughout the communications industry worldwide.