Boston University College of Communication Alumnus Endows Two Journalism Awards

in College of Communication, News Releases, University Affairs
April 29th, 2004

Contact: Ann Deveney, 617/353-2240 | devenea@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass.) —Boston University alumnus Hugo X. Shong, a native of China, has endowed the University’s College of Communication with two annual journalism awards, one for lifetime achievement, the other for reporting on Asian affairs. The pledge is the largest individual gift ever to the College of Communication, with prizes totaling $50,000 a year — $35,000 for the lifetime award and $15,000 for reporting on Asia.

Shong is president of International Data Group’s Asian-Pacific operations and senior vice president of International Data Group, Inc. (IDG), the world’s top technology publisher with 250 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries. In 2002, he received IDG’s Chairman’s Award for Entrepreneur of the Year.

“With a personal perspective rooted in both cultures, I have established these awards to give back to Boston University and to honor those professional journalists whose lifetime contributions are noteworthy,” said Shong, who earned a graduate degree from BU in 1987. “I have a special interest in recognizing outstanding reporting on issues relating to China.”

In fall 2004, the first annual Hugo Shong Lifetime Journalism Achievement Award will be presented to a print or broadcast journalist whose body of work and contributions to the field has exemplified the highest quality of reporting and analysis, outstanding accomplishments, and ethical standards of the journalistic profession. The award will carry a prize of $35,000.

Beginning in spring 2005, the $15,000 Hugo Shong Journalist of the Year Award for Reporting on Asia will be presented annually to that individual who, during the previous calendar year, displayed the highest standards of international print journalism in an English-language newspaper. Designed to emphasize the importance of Asian affairs, this award will be given to a print journalist, on staff or freelance, whose submitted body of work has done the most to advance public insight and understanding of the region in news or feature reporting.

“Hugo Shong’s generous gift provides a substantive way to commend exceptional contributions to the increasingly essential coverage of Asian Affairs,” said John Schulz, dean of the College of Communication and long-time Asian-based correspondent for the Voice of America broadcast service.

Shong earned a bachelor’s degree from Hunan University in Changsha, China, and was a graduate student in journalism at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing before coming to Boston University. He received his master’s degree in journalism from the University’s College of Communication in 1987. In June 1991, Shong was awarded the first prize for the best report on Chinese Americans by the Organization of Chinese Americans. He later studied at the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts University and graduated from Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 1996. In 1998, Shong received an Alumni Award from the College of Communication for Distinguished Service to his Profession.

During his tenure at IDG, Shong helped to spearhead into Asia several highly successful publications, including Cosmopolitan China, and editions of Esquire, Harper’s BAZAAR, Good Housekeeping, CosmoGIRL, National Geographic Traveler, Modern Bride, and PC World Vietnam. He also recently introduced Variety magazine into China. In 1991, while at Cahners Publishing Company, Shong served as managing editor of several Asian publications. He also served as a reporter for Xinhua News Agency in China.

In addition to his philanthropy to Boston University, Shong is an active University alumnus, serving on committees and organizing events in Asia. “Through his professional achievements since studying at Boston University and now with this magnanimous endowment, Hugo Shong is an exemplar of an alumnus of whom this school is most proud and grateful,” said Christopher Reaske, vice president of development and alumni relations, to whom Shong presented the endowment pledge in China earlier this spring. In 1995 Shong set up the Hugo Shong Scholarship at Hunan University, his alumni school in China, and more than 200 students have received scholarships to date.

Opened in 1947 as the School of Public Relations, Boston University’s College of Communication specializes in journalism, film and television, mass communication, advertising and public relations. Boston University, with more than 29,000 students enrolled in its 17 Schools and Colleges, is the nation’s fourth largest independent University.

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