CY Xu

Former CNN staff, proudly filmed and produced hundreds of “fake news” with the network.
After five years in journalism and visual storytelling. Fell in love with teaching.
Now I’m back in school to figure out two things: digital media and Ph.D.

许程远, or CY Xu, formerly a multimedia producer and cameraman with CNN and BBC, is now a Ph.D student at UC Santa Barbara, studying computer vision with the aid of AI.

CY studied Journalism at the Communication University of China. Upon graduation in 2012, he joined CNN Internationaas a news assistant for the network’s China digital project. Soon he trained to become CNN Beijing bureau’s TV producer, cameraman, and editor.

During his time at CNN, he filmed and produced a wide range of stories, including an exclusive interview with China’s taikonauts. He also focused on technology reporting, introduced many China-based start-ups to the world. In 2015, he joined BBC as a Multimedia Producer.

More than image capturing, CY had a strong interest in computational photography, computer vision and their application in real life. He was a contributor of NewsShooter, an industry-leading database in videography technologies. He was also one of the first certified ARRI camera trainers in Asia.

Started in 2016, CY co-lectured a course China and Media Matters with veteran reporter Jaime FlorCruz in China’s top university, Peking University for two semesters and fell in love with teaching.

In 2017, CY turned down several Master’s admission, including UC Berkeley, CMU, NYU, started pursuing his doctoral study in Media Arts and Technology at UC Santa Barbara. He is also a Research Assistant at The Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies.

A selection of stories through his lens.

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