Terril Jones

Terril Jones,

Visiting Lecturer of Government

Areas of Expertise:
China and Chinese Language, China-Japan Relations, France and French Language, Japan and Japanese Language, Journalism, Media Studies, Writing

Terril Jones
(909) 607-9175
Kravis Center 347

Office Hours

Tuesday, 11-12 p.m. Thursday, 11-12 p.m. By appointment


Gov141 "The Politics and Craft of International Journalism"
Gov142 "International Political Feature Writing"
Gov143 "Introduction to Political Journalism Writing"

  • Biography
  • Education
  • Awards and Affiliations
  • Research and Publications

Instructor, international and political journalism.

I spent 30+ years as a foreign and business correspondent and editor for Reuters, the Los Angeles Times, Forbes magazine and The Associated Press. My assignments included 18 years overseas in Beijing, Paris and Tokyo covering politics, business, bilateral and regional relations, and all manner of domestic issues. I also had postings in New York and the United Nations, in Detroit covering the auto industry, and in Silicon Valley covering technology, primarily PC hardware and microprocessors. I have had reporting assignments in South Korea, Taiwan, north Africa (Algeria, Morocco, Western Sahara), west Africa (Ivory Coast, Liberia) and around western Europe

My coursework takes students through basic journalism techniques and writing assignments that simulate stories faced by domestic and foreign correspondents: a combination of spot and feature news, politics, business, domestic unrest, diplomacy and national security, defense and international conflict, the environment, natural disasters, ethics and arts & culture. I stress story organization, writing leads and Associated Press style. We learn some techniques for digital media and photography, and there are assignments on writing op-eds, obituaries and film critiques. 

B.A., Pomona College; Knight-Wallace Fellow, University of Michigan (one year); Kiplinger Fellow in Digital Media and Public Policy, Ohio State University (six months)
  • Loeb Award finalist, "Asleep At The Wheel" - Ford-Firestone tire crisis, 2000.
    AP Managing Editors Award - Tiananmen Square protests, 1989.
    Asian American Journalists Association 1989-present
    Foreign Correspondents Club of China 2010-2013
    Silicon Valley Tech Press Association 2003-2006
    International Motor Press Association 1997-2003
    Anglo-American Press Association (Paris) 1990-1996
    Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan 1983-1990