Annie Jieping Zhang is a Nieman Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. A media entrepreneur, journalist, and columnist, she is the Founder & CEO of Matters Lab, a decentralized social media platform, and Nowhere Bookstore, an independent bookstore in Taipei that has cultivated a distinctive cultural community bridging Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Zhang also co-founded and was Editor-in-Chief of Initium Media, a Chinese-language online publication. She previously worked as an Editor at City Magazine; as Executive Editor-in-Chief for iSun Affairs, an online magazine; and as a reporter for Asia Week. From 2006 to 2015, she wrote extensively about the governance, politics, and social movements in mainland China and Hong Kong. She is currently working on a program that builds decentralized support networks for independent journalists who face censorship and political repression.

Zhang holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou and a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong.

Last Updated: September 27, 2023



ChinaFile Presents: China Reporting in Exile

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ChinaFile and The New York Review of Books co-hosted a panel discussion with Chinese journalists working from abroad. Participants included reporter, editor, and digital media entrepreneur Annie Jieping Zhang, New York Times columnist Li Yuan,...

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Annie Jieping Zhang
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