Jing Yu (Ivy) graduated from the MA International Relations Program in 2017. She is from Beijing, China, and her thesis was, "America's Reaction to China's Boycott of American Products of 1905: An Analysis on the Image of Japan and China in the U.S., 1905-1908."
Where do you currently work and what do you do there?
I am a working as an News Editor at the global news division of Sina Global News, and is based in Beijing. I report breaking news and sometimes write feature stories. I also manage our team’s social media account.
How do you use the knowledge and skills acquired at NYU in your career?
My IR knowledge enables me to understand the context of breaking news stories quickly. My analytical skills, as well as writing skills, make me able to break down the complex context into simple language that my readers can understand.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
I was very certain that I wanted to focus on qualitative analysis instead of quantitative. When I checked the courses NYU IR offers, many of them are in line with the analytical framework I wanted to pursue (e.g. a historical approach and study of rhetoric). Moreover, I appreciated the global perspective that the program offers since I was uncertain which region I wanted to focus on when I was first starting the program.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone regarding professional development?
Find your interest during your two years at NYU. You may come to the program without any idea of what you may want to do after graduation. But as you take classes, you will gradually see what appeals to you and what your competitive edge is. If you find it, work on it. Try taking more classes on the topic and connect with people in the field so that by the time you graduate you will have knowledge and skills that graduates from other programs do not possess.