The Acting Dean of the Cheung Kong School of Journalism at Shantou University, Dean Fan, has more than 20 years of experience in journalism. Before joining the Journalism School in 2006, he was President of the China Press, based in New York City. He has also worked as the Director of the Feature Department with the China News Service and the All-China Journalists Association, as well as President of the newspaper Husheng Monthly, based in Beijing.
Also, Fan is an executive member on the board of the Fan Changjiang Journalism Awards, the organization established in honor of his late father, the renowned Chinese journalist. He is also currently a researcher at Renmin University’s Communication Research Institute, and a columnist and senior advisor for Bokee.com.
From 1999 to 2005, Fan worked as the proprietor and editor of Qiao Bao in New York City. In 2005, he was honored by the City of New York as one of its prominent citizens.
Fan’s publications include The Process of Mass Communication (1982) and The Principles of Communication (1990). Fan’s academic interests include journalism writing, media management, and the new media. Fan received his bachelor’s degree from Peking University and his master’s degree from Renmin University.
In 2007, together with People’s Daily, Fan led a group of Shantou University journalism students to northwestern China, to retrace his father’s journey 70 years ago. He was Associate Dean of the Cheung Kong School of Journalism School for six years before being appointed as Acting Dean.
His primary goal for the school of journalism is to shape it as one of best in Asia to compete with international standards of professional journalism.