Ex-China Post executive editor honored by CCU
Journalism veteran and The China Post’s former Executive Editor Zheng Zhen-ming ( ) yesterday received an honorary doctorate degree from Chinese Culture University ( CCU,
), earning the accolade of doctor in letters for his countless contributions to local mass communications and journalism education.
The accolade was also the first to be awarded to any individual since the establishment of the university more than 50 years ago, and one of the many honors Zheng holds as one of the most influential figures in Taiwanese journalism.
As a master’s graduate of National Chengchi University (
) College of Communication, Zheng is renowned within the local journalism community for his positive influence and input, being one of the driving forces behind the creation of the Communications Development Association or the Republic of China (
), as well as an important figure in local news agencies such as The China Post and the Central News Agency.
Zheng is most notably known as a prominent figure in the shaping of young journalist’s minds though the establishment of the Institute of Education for Mass Communication of Republic of China (
) in 1980, and his work at CCU.
In 1963, during the initial years of the establishment of CCU’s Department of Journalism, Zheng was asked to serve as the department’s administrative secretary, and later became the acting director of the department at the age of 28. Since then, Zheng has served at CCU for more than 50 years.
According to CCU, Zheng has contributed immensely to the department. Aside from avidly recruiting exceptional faculty members from within the country and abroad, Zheng also established the institution’s intern newspaper.
Zheng is also responsible for providing CCU students with the privilege of studying abroad at the University of Missouri, after playing a pivotal role in creating a sister-school relationship with the Missouri School of Journalism.
During his tenure as dean of CCU’s College of Social Science, Zheng started the nation’s first classes in advertisement, advocating professionalism to all of his students.
Zheng’s selfless contributions toward mass-com and journalism education in Taiwan have garnered praise from former President of the Control Yuan Frederick Chien ( ) and former Examination Yuan President John Kuan ( ), with the former once calling Zheng a legend of local education.
Journalism veteran and The China Post’s former Executive Editor Zheng Zhenming ( ) addresses the crowd during his honorary degree award ceremony, yesterday. For his immense contributions to local mass communications and journalism education, the Chinese Culture University presented Zheng with an honorary doctorate in letters.