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 PhD.

Bio in third person, like everyone else –

Chengyuan Xu 许程远, a.k.a. CY Xu, is a multimedia producer and videographer. His body of work aired on television and online platforms of CNN and BBC.

CY received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Communication University of China. Upon graduation in 2012, he joined CNN as 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 and understanding of computational photography, computer vision and their appliance 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 trainer 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 and started pursuing his doctoral study in Media Arts and Technology at UC Santa Barbara.

A selection of stories through his lens.

hello.xu [at] gmail.com
cxu [at] ucsb.edu