Terril Jones

Visiting Lecturer of Government



Areas of Expertise

China and Chinese Language
China-Japan Relations
France and French Language
Japan and Japanese Language
Media Studies
Kravis Center

Office Hours

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


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)

Awards and Affiliations

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