Today's featured journalist is none other than Clement Tan, the China Stocks Correspondent for Reuters. Based in Hong Kong with stints in Shanghai, he covers the stock markets in the mainland and the Chinese territory, where most foreign investors express their views on the world’s second-largest economy. He is now looking to move to Beijing to write about economics, companies or politics.
He also misses the typing sounds that a typewriter makes.
Previously, however, Tan was based in Washington, where he enjoyed several impressive internships: he covered immigration and campaign finance as an intern for Tribune newspapers, mainly the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. His internship experience also involved time spent at Reuters, The Associated Press and The Straits Times in Singapore, BBC News in New York and The Atlantic magazine in Washington.
Fluent in Mandarin, Tan is especially interested in issues relating to inequalities and the relationship between money and power. Clement attended the Columbia Journalism School and read Sociology at the National University of Singapore, where he was also part of the University Scholars Program and founded the Southeast Asian city-state’s first editorially-independent campus online newspaper.
His advice to aspiring journalists: "Always be on the lookout for mentors you can learn from and lean on for advice, but don't ever be a leech." As for PR folks interested in pitching him, "My work email works best." For some excellent insights on China's economy and industry, don't miss Tan's portfolio, where you can read stories like "Wide gap for China mainland, offshore stocks may be hard to bridge and "China's downturn-proof booze makers hit government wall."