The inaugural Journalist-in-Residence program took place in May and June 2004, when Pulitzer Prize-winning political journalist David S. Broder traveled to China to speak at Fudan University and Wuhan University. Broder lectured about the general practice of journalism in the United States, as well as his 50-year experience as a political reporter. Having covered every national campaign and convention since 1960, he provided key insight on the 2004 US presidential elections, a topic of great interest to the Chinese audience.
In addition to his university lectures, Broder was interviewed by representatives of the Shanghai media, appeared on a local radio talk show, and conducted a live web chat. Translations of some of the articles and the online chat are available here. Broder indicated that the experience was one of the most rewarding events of his long career. The students to whom he spoke were equally enthusiastic.