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Michael J. Jordan
Communications Consultant, Strategist, Trainer, Storytelling Specialist, Writing Coach, Visiting Journalism Professor , International Non-Profits, Government Agency, NGO, Development Bank, Multinational Organization, Universities
Beijing, China
I'm a Beijing-based Communications Consultant, Strategist, Trainer & Storytelling Specialist. My advocacy has ranged from HIV and Maternal Health in Africa, to Environmental Protection and Worker's Rights in China. I'll help illuminate your IMPACT, with methods and techniques derived from my 20 years as Foreign Correspondent (reporting from 30 countries) and Journalism Trainer on four continents.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Communications, IT, Media, Knowledge Management, Editor
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Health, Doctors, Nurses, HIV/AIDS
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Michael J. Jordan is an American journalist, Communications Consultant and Storytelling Specialist currently based in Beijing and teaching International Journalism at three of China’s finest universities: Renmin University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, and Hong Kong Baptist University, where he’s a seven-time Visiting Scholar.

At the moment, in China - one of the world’s worst-polluted countries and its greatest emitter of greenhouse gases - Jordan leads his own Communications-and-Advocacy-through-Storytelling project, "The Chinese Champions of Environmental Protection." Aimed at Youth Environmental and Health Education, he's showing Chinese environmental activists and university students already making a difference, how to write and share their own story, to both raise awareness and inspire legions of others. The dozens of stories published online in English will also communicate a dual message: more Chinese now care about the environment, and more are taking steps to protect it.

As a Foreign Correspondent, Jordan has reported from 30 countries over 20 years – mostly in Eastern Europe and Southern Africa – and he’s taught students on four continents: from New York to Hong Kong, from Prague to Lesotho. His storytelling methodology was published last year by the training academy of German media giant Deutsche Welle.

In the African kingdom of Lesotho – which suffers the world’s second-highest rate of HIV – Jordan was the lone Western correspondent covering the 2014 coup-attempt. As a Communications Consultant there, he advocated health issues for the United Nations, U.S. Embassy and major NGOs, producing “impact” stories and photos for a book on HIV Orphans.

As a Consultant in China, he recently trained experts of the UN’s International Labor Organization to raise awareness of worker’s rights through storytelling, like these two “impact” features on the ILO website: Ergonomics in China: Tackling Workplace Stress and Healthcare Workers Care For Us, But Who’s Caring For Them? At Renmin University today, Jordan is leading 20 Master’s students through a storytelling project to illuminate what progress China is making to implement last December’s Paris climate-change agreement.

Meanwhile, Jordan is also working as a Writing Coach, assisting university-bound Chinese and international students in China, with their College Admissions Personal Essays. He shares his unique method (Where Marketing and Storytelling Intersect: How to Write a Winning Personal Essay for Top Western Universities) and storytelling formula (Your Journey of Self-Discovery), which are derived from his vast experience as a foreign correspondent and international educator.
Education:
THE NEW SCHOOL: Master of Science in International Affairs (MSIA), May 2006 •International Affairs Scholar, concentration in “Conflict and Security.”

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI–COLUMBIA: Bachelor of Journalism (BJ), May 1990 •Completed four-year undergraduate degree at this renowned American journalism school.
Affiliations and Achievements:
Career Highlights:
*As Environmental Communications Consultant in China, leads a Storytelling-Advocacy project for Youth Environmental Education.
*As Visiting Professor at Renmin University in Beijing, taught Environmental Storytelling to Int’l Comms-Journo students in Spring 2016.
*In April 2016, spoke at the UN Environmental Program’s China Youth Environmental Forum: How Storytelling Can Inspire Chinese Youth.
*In November, my environmental-protection Communications efforts in China were spotlighted in this 10-minute video by China Daily.
*Meanwhile, in the world’s second-largest economy, also helped advocate for worker’s rights for the UN International Labor Organization.
*Has developed his own Communications methodology to illuminate any organization’s on-the-ground “impact”: The Fork in the Road.
*As a Health Communications Consultant in Lesotho, raised awareness for the UN, World Bank, US Embassy, Philips Lighting, and others.
*For a leading American NGO in Africa, produced 24 stories and photos on HIV Orphans for the book: Voices from the Mountains of Lesotho.
*Seven-time Visiting Scholar at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), teaching Foreign Reporting in its International Journalism program.
*In 13 years of teaching and training, has exclusively designed his courses and workshops, ranging from HIV reporting to sports-writing.
*Since 2007, senior journalism trainer of the TOL Education’s Foreign Correspondent Training Course in Prague.
*Designed, developed the curriculum for TOL-Prague’s one-of-a-kind course, International Storytelling, which led in July 2016.
*In China, has created a marketing-storytelling method for students writing Personal Essays for applications to U.S. & U.K. universities.
*In a Lesotho suffering the world’s second-highest HIV rate, founded the “Health Journalism Club” at the National University of Lesotho.
*In July 2015, led 15 Chinese undergrads from Shanghai International Studies University through a foreign-reporting project in Prague.
*Three-time George Polk Journalist-in-Residence at Long Island University in Brooklyn, where he taught journalism from 2003-2006.
*As a freelance Foreign Correspondent over 20 years, has reported from 30 countries, mostly in Eastern Europe and Southern Africa.
*His International Reporting methodology was published in Deutsche Welle’s 2015 Beyond Your World training-the-trainers handbook.
*Contributed two chapters on Eastern Europe to the book Gypsy Sexuality: Romani and Outsider Perspectives on Intimacy.
*As the lone Western correspondent in the tiny African kingdom of Lesotho, covered the country’s Aug. 2014 coup-attempt and aftermath.

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Internships / Fellowships

    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Masters
    Languages:
    English, Hungarian, Slovak, Sesotho
    Nationality:
    United States
    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-j-jordan-b17a5215
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