Announcing Data Journalism Competition Round II Winner!

With the support of IREX’s Media Development Initiative,  USCET held the Second Data Journalism Competition and Awards. The Data Journalism Competition aims to encourage the growing field of data journalism by rewarding excellence in student articles and contributing to best practices in the field. The second competition’s theme was China Goes Global: Local and International Impact.

USCET is excited to announce the winning submission for the second round of the Data Journal Competition:  “Shoulder a World of Grey- Struggle for China’s Only Child” by Hao Jingya of the School of Journalism and Communication at the Beijing International Studies University.  Congratulations!


The winning project draws attention to China’s aging population and examines the impact of China’s demographic change on its social, political, and economic development.

Author Hao Jingya addressed the legacy of the Single Child Policy on China’s societal change. As China’s aging population has drastically increased in recent years, scholars find that younger generations of Chinese are often caught in a dilemma- they are not equipped to provide socially expected support for the elderly; at the same time, they are struggling to thrive in China’s highly competitive work force. The growing scarcity in labor, partly due to the aging society and the population imbalance, can further hinder China’s global growth. Utilizing both existing survey data and materials from in-depth interviews, the author analyzed how China’s demographic and population changes have impacted both local and global societies. Although China is demolishing its Single Child Policy, the legacy of this thirty year long policy will continue to strike China’s domestic society and influence the global labor market.

This prize-winning project combines clear, data-rich analysis with engaging storytelling and creative project design.  It examines the increasingly global presence of China in the 21st century by demonstrating how local policy in China impacts China’s global growth, reshaping both Chinese and global societies.  Author Hao Jingya shows how data journalism can be used to effectively tell a story that is both informative and compelling.

You can view her winning submission here.


Hao Jingya

Hao Jingya was born in Taiyuan, Shanxi province.  Her earlier area of study was Russian, which she says offered her a great opportunity to have a better understanding of a foreign culture.  In September 2014, she began her master degree program at Beijing Foreign Studies University and the University of Bolton, UK through the Multimedia International Journalism MA Program.  On studying data journalism, she says, “I never thought multimedia journalism could be so interesting, it’s a new and amazing world!”


Elisa (Jiexia) Zhai Autry

Dr. Elisa Zhai Autry is the Development and New Initiatives Principal at the US-China Education Trust. Prior to joining USCET, she was a Global Fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE), a Washington think tank. In addition to managing IGE’s East Asia programs, she served as a guest editor for the Review of Faith and International Affairs. Before coming to Washington, Dr. Autry was an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology and Asian/Asian American Studies at Miami University. Dr. Autry earned a B.A. in sociology and law from Peking University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Zhimin Huang (黄志敏)

Mr. Huang is the Chief Technological Officer and the Founder of Data Visualization Lab at Caixin Media Company Limited, an influential Chinese business magazine. His work experience on Internet and mobile Internet spans ten years, and he is now working on incorporating big database and visualized information into the development of journalism. His group, Caixin Database Visualization, won the 2014 Award for Editorial Excellence offered by the Society of Publishers in Asia, the 2014 Tencent Annual Communication Award for Digital News, and the 2014 NetEast Annual Chinese New Media Award for Multimedia. His group is also the candidate of the British Online Award, “Information is Beautiful”. He has lectured in Communication University of China, East China Normal University, Fudan University, Qinghua University, Renmin University of China, and Xiamen University.

Jianying (Jeff) Wang

Dr. Jianying (Jeff) Wang is the editor of the online publication, He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Missouri in 2011. His academic interest focuses on American Politics. He has 7 years of experience in using statistical methods to analyze phenomena in American federal government. He has also worked for various Chinese media in reporting American politics.