Gina Chua

executive editor Semafor

Gina Chua was named in March 2022 as the executive editor of media start-up Semafor.

A longtime newsroom manager with a career spanning three decades and five countries, Gina Chua has worked in print, radio, television and real-time electronic media, with a broad range of experience, including as a foreign correspondent and in business journalism, general news, data and graphics, newspaper design, strategic planning, project management, and newsroom budgets, operations, safety and security and administration.

At Reuters, Gina is responsible for editorial operations, including budgets, safety, security and logistics, among other duties. Before she transitioned, Gina held a number of other roles in the newsroom, including overseeing the graphics department and helping set up the data journalism team. She was previously Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, and spent 16 years at The Wall Street Journal in Manila, Hanoi, Hong Kong and New York.

Gina has taught graduate- and undergraduate-level classes and short training courses on the business models of journalism, computer-assisted reporting, and numeracy at New York University, Hong Kong University, and Nanyang Technological University. She also created and found funding for a fellowship to bring Asian journalists for a Masters’ in business and economic reporting at New York University. She speaks regularly on changes in the industry and ways to rethink and restructure journalism and newsroom processes; some of her writings are at Structure of News.

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