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The Reporting China Maymester Abroad Program is a four-week program, through the University of Texas College of Communication, that takes place immediately following the spring semester. These fifteen students, under the auspices of Professor Tracy Dahlby, traveled to Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, and filed reports along the way.

Julie Chang


Julie is a 2nd-year student at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Plan II Honors with a concentration in pre-medicine. Writing has always been a passion of hers despite her future aspirations in medicine. She has also been named an Archer Fellow for the 2009-2010 school year; she will spend a semester in the nation's capital interning at an organization of her choice. Julie currently works as an undergraduate research assistant in the Blednov Lab conducting research in alcoholism. She is also an avid music listener.

Natalia Ciolko


Natalia is a fourth-year print journalism major at the University of Texas at Austin, originally from San Antonio, Texas. Interests include the Chinese language, multimedia journalism, clothes, shoes and feminism.

Blakeley Guerriere


Blakeley is a third-year student at UT and is majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in business. She is originally from Colleyville, Texas. Last summer she interned at the local CBS affiliate in Austin, KEYE. Her interests include live music (especially classic rock), being involved in her sorority-Delta Gamma, travelling locally and internationally and watching college sports avidly.

Julie Horwitz


Julie Horwitz is a senior majoring in print journalism. She grew up in Austin, Texas and would like to eventually work as an international reporter.

Dawn Jones-garcia


Dawn Jones-Garcia is currently a graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin where she studies photojournalism.

Alice Ju


Alice is an American grew up in Taiwan. Now she is working on her master degree in Journalism in UTAustin.

Hudson Lockett


Hudson is a Journalism and Japanese junior at the University of Texas at Austin, where he writes and does multimedia coverage for the Daily Texan. He has interned at The Austin American-Statesman and has a strong interest in international and investigative reporting. Last summer Hudson was chosen as a winner of the the Roy W. Howard National Reporting Competition for a two-week trip to South Korea and Japan, a fact he brings up at every conceivable opportunity.

Vianey Luna


Vianey is a third-year Journalism and Spanish Literature major at the University of Texas. She is currently a Program Leader for Latinitas, a non-profit organization that empowers girls through media and technology. She enjoys poetry by Pablo Neruda, frozen yogurt, a nice cup of coffee and soccer.

Mike Melanson


Mike is a 2nd year graduate student of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and has a B.A. in Language & Literature from Bard College. He has worked as a wire editor and copy editor for The Daily Texan, Web editor for Laptop Magazine and reporter for the Austin Business Journal. Originally hailing from Connecticut, he moved to Austin to get away from the cold and ride a bike instead of drive. Interests include cycling, volunteering for the Kerrville Folk Festival, new media and Barton Springs twice, sometimes three times a day in the summer.

Caitlin Meredith


Caitlin is a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin.

Rebecca Persons


Rebecca Persons is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin. Rebecca is finishing at UT in May 2009 with a degree in print magazine in the School of Journalism. Rebecca greatly enjoys writing and reporting and has interned at KUT 90.5 F.M. and Texas Monthly Magazine in Austin, Texas. Rebecca also worked as a reporter for The Daily Texan. Rebecca greatly enjoys traveling and studied abroad in Italy, as well as backpacked in Europe for two months. The 2009 trip to China will be her first visit to Asia.

Eva Romero


Eva is a second-year junior studying print journalism and government. She has been actively involved in UT Hispanic Journalists and several publications, including CorpusBeat Magazine, Adelante Newspaper, and special editions of The Daily Texan. Last semester Eva was selected as one of 22 UT system students for the Bill Archer Fellowship, which allowed her to intern for the ABC News Washington D.C. bureau while living and taking public policy classes with other Archer Fellows. She has been singing classically for eight years and writes for UT's website as a Longhorn Confidential blogger.

Simrat Sharma


Simrat Sharma is a third-year multimedia journalism and economics major at The University of Texas at Austin. She enjoys reading fiction, dancing and baking when she can. Born in India and raised in Dubai, she has gladly become a part of Austin's weirdness in the last three years.

Liang Shi


Liang Shi is a third-year undergraduate at the University of Texas double-majoring in Photojournalism and Advertising. Taking interest in both design and photography, Liang has interned for numerous ad agencies, design firms and photo studios, while taking up freelancing gigs during her free time. In the future, Liang hopes to fuse her passions and run her own design and photo studio.

Kelly West


I'm a graduate student in photojournalism, trying to learn as much about multimedia as possible. I love visual storytelling, meeting new people, and queso.

Katherine Fan


Katherine Fan, managing editor of Chinaonthemove.net, is a freelance writer and photographer from Austin, Texas. Of Han Chinese ethnicity, Katherine was born in the U.S. but grew up in Taiwan. A recent graduate of the University of Texas, she double-majored in Asian American studies and journalism (print and photography).

Tracy Dahlby


Professor Tracy Dahlby is an award-winning journalist with extensive experience in international affairs. He spent 13 years living in Asia, where he served as Tokyo bureau chief for Newsweek and The Washington Post, respectively, and over his career has covered events in Japan, China, Korea, and Southeast Asia. In 1987, he became managing editor of Newsweek International in New York, where he directed and coordinated worldwide news coverage. As a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine between 1993 and 2002, Dahlby specialized in writing about Asia.

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