Journalism: Asia in the Media

Journalism: Asia in the Media

Tom Plate, syndicated Asia columnist, and James F. Paradise, former United Press International and Dow Jones reporter.

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Listen to syndicated Asia columnist Tom Plate and former United Press International and Dow Jones reporter James F. Paradise as they discuss coverage of Asia in the media. This podcast is a courtesy of the UCLA Asia Institute.

On Nov. 6, 2007, Tom Plate, a member of the Burkle Center's faculty advisory board and director of the UCLA Media Center, discussed his journalistic career covering Asia as part of the UCLA Asia Institute's quarterly series, Careers in Asia. James F. Paradise, a UCLA political science doctoral candidate and a former reporter for United Press International and Dow Jones Newswires in Tokyo, also spoke at the event.

As an internationally syndicated columnist, Plate's commentaries on U.S.–Pacific Rim dynamics appear in newspapers such as The South China Morning Post, Mainichi Shimbun, The China Times, The Korea Times, The Jakarta Post, The Khaleej Times, The Seattle Times, The San Diego Business Journal, and The Straits Times.

"When I started the [Pacific Perspectives] column in ... The Los Angeles Times, where it was for four-five years, in 1996, and then put it out in syndication in 2000, it was the best decision I ever made journalistically, because it was a field that desperately needed attentiveness by journalists, particularly English-language journalists," Plate said at the event.

Speaking to a room full of students interested in careers in journalism, particularly in Asia, both Plate and Paradise remarked it was an opportune time to report about the region. Plate, who is also a UCLA professor teaching courses on Asia's media and politics, and on business, government and media ethics, said that while geopolitical dynamics continue to shift, the 21st century would likely be Asia's century.

He advised students to invest in themselves and polish their foreign-language abilities. A graduate of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, he also encouraged students to take advantage of quality education and to continue learning in order to understand complex issues, ask smart questions, and explain what's happening to the public.

"If you want to get a sense of what's going on now, you need journalism," said Plate. "And for that, we need bright, committed people like you guys. All I can say is it is not a life that's probably going to make you wealthy. It's not a life that I... know is going to make you happy. But if you get it right and do it well, you'll never be bored."