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Michael J. Jordan
Communications Consultant - Visiting Journalism Professor - Writing Coach - Storytelling Specialist , International Non-Profits, Universities
Beijing, China
I'm an American Communications Consultant and Storytelling Specialist, now based in Beijing, and focused on advocating for Health and Development issues. I derive my strategies and techniques from 20 years as a foreign correspondent, reporting from 30 countries, and as a journalism teacher-trainer on four continents. Most recent Consultancies: HIV Orphans in Africa, workers' rights in China.
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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.

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.
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:
*Obtained a Bachelor of Journalism from the world’s oldest journalism school: The University of Missouri at Columbia.
*Obtained a Master of Science in International Affairs from The New School for Public Affairs, in Manhattan, New York.
*Has lived most of the past 23 years outside his native U.S., on three continents: first Hungary, then Slovakia, next Lesotho, now China.
*As a freelance foreign correspondent, has reported from 30 countries over the past 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe.
*As the lone Western correspondent in the tiny African kingdom of Lesotho, covered the country’s Aug. 2014 coup-attempt and aftermath.
*His International Reporting methodology was published in Deutsche Welle’s 2015 Beyond Your World training-the-trainers handbook.
*As a journalism educator since 2003, has taught on four continents: from New York to Hong Kong, from Prague to Lesotho.
*In 13 years of teaching-training, has exclusively designed his courses and workshops, ranging from sportswriting to HIV reporting.
*Seven-time Visiting Scholar at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), teaching in its International Journalism program.
*Three-time George Polk Journalist-in-Residence, teaching journalism at Long Island University in Brooklyn (2003-2006).
*Since 2007, senior journalism trainer of the TOL Education’s Foreign Correspondent Training Course in Prague.
*Contributed two chapters on Eastern Europe to the book Gypsy Sexuality: Romani and Outsider Perspectives on Intimacy.
*In a Lesotho suffering the world’s second-highest HIV rate, founded the “Health Journalism Club” at the National University of Lesotho.
*For a leading American NGO in Africa, produced 24 stories and photos on HIV Orphans for the book: Voices from the Mountains of Lesotho.
*As a Health Communications Consultant in Lesotho, raised awareness for the UN, World Bank, US Embassy, Philips Lighting, and others.
*Has developed two of his own Communications methodologies: The Fork in the Road and The Communications Triangle.
*In production on his documentary film about racial healing in The New South Africa, The Clubhouse: A Post-Apartheid Story.
*In July 2015, led 15 brave young students from Shanghai International Studies University through a foreign-reporting project in Prague.
*Today as a Communications Consultant in China, is raising visibility of worker’s rights for the UN’s International Labor Organization.
*In China, has created a marketing-storytelling methodology for students writing College Personal Essays: Your Journey of Self-Discovery.
*Now teaching International Reporting in three of China’s finest universities: Hong Kong Baptist, Renmin U., Beijing Foreign Studies U.
*Designed, developed the curriculum for TOL’s one-of-a-kind course, International Storytelling, which he’ll lead in Prague in July 2016.

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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Hungarian, Slovak, Sesotho
    United States
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