CY Xu

Three lines bio:

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.

Long and colorful bio:

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 image sensors, video codecs 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.

From 2016 to 2017, he assists veteran reporter Jaime FlorCruz with his course China and Media Matters in Peking University and developed a module The Power of Moving Images. Later co-lectured with Jaime in PKU and presented in multiple universities.

CY is currently pursuing doctoral study in Media Arts and Technology, UC Santa Barbara. Re-thinking his personal project which aims to preserve and showcase the fragile beauty and ancient wisdom of Chinese architecture through digital restoration and creative interaction.

A selection of stories through his lens.

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