Journalists Ma, Cheng honored by US university

The China Post news staff

St. John’s University in New York has presented awards to two career journalists, Ma Ke-ren and Cheng Jim-ming, for their outstanding achievements and contributions. Ma was cited for his outstanding contributions to the profession of journalism during his long career. Ma is the incumbent vice chairman of the World Journal, an affiliate of Taipei-based United Daily News (UDN) Group and the largest Chinese-language daily newspaper in North America. Previous positions held by Ma included city editor and editor-in-chief of the UDN and president of the World Journal.

Professor Cheng is presently teaching at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei. Cheng previously held the position as dean of the same school. He worked as a career journalist at various newspapers in Taiwan and Hong Kong. He later served as chairman of the R.O.C. Communications Development Association in Taiwan. St. John’s University said the two outstanding journalists from Taiwan have set exemplars for countless journalists, promoted interchanges between Taiwan and mainland China, and made significant contributions to the Chinese communities in New York and other areas around the world. Ma helped found the World Journal in New York City four decades ago and then gradually establish regional branches in major cities in the U.S. and Canada.

During his long teaching career, Cheng helped cultivate numerous journalists who have been working at various media organizations in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China. In recognition of his contributions to the education of journalism and mass communications as well as cultural and educational interchanges across the Taiwan Strait, the Fengliang International Art College in Jiangxi Province, southern China, has christened the large lake on its campus as the Jim-ming Lake.