College of Communication Names Jeremy Page of The Wall Street Journal the 2013 Hugo Shong Journalist of the Year


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Page recognized for series that led to fall of former Communist Party leader Bo Xilai

(Boston)—The Boston University College of Communication (COM) today announced that Jeremy Page, Beijing correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, is the recipient of the 2013 Hugo Shong Journalist of the Year Award for Reporting on Asia. Page has won the award for a series of exclusive reports that were at the heart of the biggest political story in China in decades – an investigation into the death of British businessman Neil Heywood, which led to the fall of one of China’s top Communist Party leaders, Bo Xilai.  The award includes a $10,000 cash prize and Page will be honored at a luncheon at BU on April 26th.

Mr. Page, who has been covering China intermittently since 1997, joined The Wall Street Journal in 2010. Since then he has covered foreign relations, the military and Chinese domestic politics—most notably the Bo Xilai scandal and China’s leadership transition in 2012.

“The awards’ committee agreed that Mr. Page’s coverage of the Bo Xilai affair demonstrated the highest of journalistic standards,” said Tom Fiedler, Dean of COM.  “His enterprise, his craftsmanship and – perhaps most important – his courage to go forward against pressures from both the Chinese and the British governments yielded a profoundly important series, expertly told.”

“This is a great honor for the whole WSJ team in China,” said Page. “The Bo Xilai saga gave us unprecedented scope to explore the inner workings of the Communist Party elite. I’m fortunate to have done so with some exceptionally talented colleagues at one of the few newspapers still committed to investigative reporting. I’m extremely grateful to Hugo Shong, Boston University’s Department of Journalism, and the award selection committee for recognizing our work.”

“It is exceedingly rare for the reporting of a foreign news organization to penetrate the secretive world of China’s leaders,” said Gerard Baker, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal.  “Jeremy Page did that and more in 2012 – lifting the veil on the murder of a British citizen that led to the downfall of a leading Chinese Communist party official with a series of exclusive reports that exposed a culture of wealth, corruption and lawlessness among China’s ruling elite.”

In 2011, Page was part of a team of The Wall Street Journal reporters to receive The Malcolm Forbes Award for their reporting on how the Communist Party of China’s leadership has changed rules facing foreign multinationals investing in the country.

Prior to joining The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Page was a correspondent for The Times of London based in Russia and India. He has also worked for Reuters in London, Singapore and Beijing.  Born in London, he graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Chinese Studies in 1997.

Created by a gift from Hugo Shong (COM ’87), the award is presented to an individual who has displayed the highest standards of international print journalism in a series of reports on matters of importance specific to Asia. Previous winners include David Barboza (The New York Times), Carlotta Gall (The New York Times) and Peter Goodman (The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Huffington Post).

Shong earned his M.S. degree from Boston University’s College of Communication in 1987. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998 and the Boston University Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2004. Since 2005, he has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Boston University.

Established in 1947, the Boston University College of Communication (COM) specializes in Film and Television, Journalism, and Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations. With more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, COM offers a strong liberal arts core with a heavy focus on preparing students for careers as communication professionals.  COM’s faculty is a blend of traditional academicians and widely- experienced professionals.

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