Ex-China Post ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor hon­ored by CCU

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

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.

CNA

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.

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