IMMJMA Featured Student Projects & Student Awards

On this page, you’ll find a collection of work by previous #immjma graduates. Current and prospective students should take the time to view to gain an understanding of the practical nature and the possibilities that the program presents. Students complete practical assignments from their very first week. We start the first term with a series of weekly short-form tutor directed assignments. In the second and third term, alongside advanced workshops, students progress to self-directed, longer-form digital visual multimedia features, working independently with tutor guidance. We also schedule a two-week-long, intensive practical workshop where students work collaboratively on group projects.  In the second term, this collaborative project is produced in cooperation with one of our media partners. In recent years our partners have included CCTV, China Daily, and Asia News Network. You’ll see a variety of digital visual multimedia features, from single-page scrolling stories; websites; iBooks; interactive games; short-form documentary, and more. What makes these projects stand out is the quality of reporting and the final presentation. They achieve the program’s goals of innovative, compelling, and important stories told well.

Newspaper legend Joseph Pulitzer, the father of writing’s famed Pulitzer Prizes, summed up the essence of good and powerful writing, and we think this still applies today — especially in a multimedia context.

Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.  - Joseph Pulitzer


Giedre Peseckyte a student from Lithuania created this multimedia project On the frontlines of the pandemic. during Term 2. It has been featured in and Global Investigative Journalism Network’s (GIJN) weekly round-up top reads from around the world in English. The project, made with Readymag showcases interviews with eight journalists: Bangladesh, Mexico, Nigeria, China, Scotland, Sweden, Lithuania, and the US about how they coped with the pandemic from basic reporting to safety protocols and lockdown measures, as well as travel bans and home offices.

Yang Enzi’s #immjma cohort ’13/14 short-form documentary – Dreams on Freewheels – about the seven members of the China Disabled Track Cycling Team was awarded the third place in World Press Photo‘s 2013 Multimedia Contest. Enze followed the team training to compete in the 2012 London Paralympic Games. They won six gold medals, four silver medals, and five bronze medals. The documentary was the major component of Yang Enze’s final Term 3 project.











Sun Peng #immjma cohort ’13/14 produced and published a powerful multimedia feature for China Daily about Parents who have lost their only child. This disadvantaged and marginalized group numbers around one million people. Peng’s multimedia project presents the challenges they face, such as finances, physical and mental health care, as well as struggles with government policies. These parents talk candidly about their stories and the efforts they’ve made to improve their lives. The work, Life After Loss, was submitted as Sun Peng’s final Third Term Project.

Nathan Gibson and Hillary Pan #immjma cohort ’16/17 final multimedia feature story ‘Wavering Shadows‘ is about the Oroqen, one of China’s smallest ethnic minorities. The community currently faces the imminent extinction of its language. Amidst adversity, its community considers linguistic revival and their changing place in the modern world.

Leona Chen and Sun Jun #immjma cohort ’16/17 explored the journeys of three people from China’s transgender community via a documentary and multimedia webpage. See the project ‘Being transgender, I am me’ 

Vera Peneda #immjma cohort ’14/15 focused on feminism in China throughout Term 2 & 3. The video component of her final project was screened on CCTV’s Assignment Asia, the story follows three women of different generations from a single family, each with a story that represents the changes in China, from one era to the next. You can see Vera’s full Term 3 work here.

Group works – 2016-17 #immjma cohort worked on a ‘live project brief’ for China Daily and Asia News Network during the  Term 2, two-week intensive workshop. Students were briefed to produce a 6-part video series exploring disability issues in China. In teams of three, students covered topics like education, work, discrimination and access through a series of character-driven short videos. Student teams worked ‘shoulder to shoulder’ in the field with a selection of freelance and organizational professionals to plan,  film and edit. Disability is an undercovered topic in Chinese media and we worked together with disability media expert, Cai Cong to ensure best ethical practices on reporting diversity. Cai Cong co-authored research in 2013, which revealed that Chinese media reports largely focus health or rehabilitation of people living with disabilities or the help they receive from others, rather than tackle issues about education, employment, and participation.  Few reports actually featured or represented the voices of people with disabilities themselves. Our character lead series is very successful so far with lots of engagement and over 20 thousand views on the first upload.

Cicy Lin published part of her final Term 3 project, The Crane Whisperer of Heilongjiang, with Sixth Tone, a Chinese, English Language cutting-edge new media organization. Cicy followed various environmental stories throughout her studies and was headhunted for professional work before she even graduated – largely in part to her quality Term 2 and 3 projects, as well as the fact that she produced socially shareable versions of her projects which were widely published on social media. She is currently continuing her love for both the outdoors and filming and working as a producer for environmental mini-documentaries.

Andrea Verdelli‘s Term 2 project explored how three families in Beijing cope with pollution, some fight, some take flight and some flee altogether. It’s chiefly a text and photo project but a creative double exposure video teaser was designed for social media sharing to drive the audience to the longer text feature. See the full project, Red Alert, here.


Peijin Wang, produced a text, photo, and graphics based story based on the intricacies of disabled dating in China for his Term 2 project. See Dating & Disability, It’s Complicated, here.











Jeff Kennel produced a multimedia book (originally produced as an iBook) documenting the gardeners of Seeds of Harmony garden in New Columbia, Portland, Oregon.



















Group works 2015–16 students produced and published multimedia stories for CCTV’s China StartUp series. Student works were broadcast and published online on multiple platforms. Each year IMMJ students team up with working professionals for a short practical field workshop.

Vict Zhang produced a multimedia project featuring a Tibetan School in rural Qinghai. The story explores minority culture and education system in contemporary China. See the introduction video below and the full project at Plateau Drams.


Lester Xu documented life on China’s islands in Term 3. Lester started the project in Term 2 when he traveled to Kaishan Island to meet a couple who spent two decades living in isolation in order to serve their country.

Mengyi focused on education topics in T2 and 3, finally, she found a fresh angle on the ongoing story of migrant children. It’s a touching story on an issue that impacts millions. An edited version will be published soon. See the story here: Returning to No Home; China’s returned migrant children

Raqib Hameed Naik is a Kashmir-based multimedia journalist. His Photo Essay and feature text: On the edge; How ceasefire violations fuel a mental-health crisis along the Indo-Pak borders were produced in T2 and published in Caravan Magazine.

Zhang Zhiyan and Li Siwei published their T3 work The Lives of China’s Young Undertakers with Sixth Tone. Death is one of China’s biggest taboos but as our students found out it’s also a thriving industry in need of fresh blood.


Biran and Dora worked on a short-form documentary called Dreamcatchers about China’s acting extra’s industry. It’s a beautifully told and filmed story with a lot of depth. Both Brian and Dora work in the field of documentary now.

International Awards

Our graduates consistently win major international awards competing against the best in the world. In the last two years these have included:

  • 2017 Winner DJI Drone Photography Award. Read More – Markel Redondo
  • 2017 POYI Photographer of The Year – Award of Excellence – Adam Dean
  • 2017 NPPA 3rd Place ‘Contemporary Issues Story’ – Adam Dean
  • 2017 – NPPA 2017 Best of Photojournalism, Multimedia Awards  for Will to Win – Berta Tilmantaitė   
  • 2017 – SOPA Award for Excellence for Bhumika Can Speak For Herself – Marc Lajoie (Multimedia Journalist and producer)
  • 2016 – Asian Environmental Awards Story of the Year  for Shipping’s Dirty Secrets – Marc Lajoie (Multimedia Journalist and producer)
  • 2015 – Human Rights Press Award for “No Good Choices” – Marc Lajoie (producer)
  • 2015 – Society for News Design Award of Excellence for “Breaking Ball” – Marc Lajoie (producer)
  • 2015 – USCET Data Journalism Competition and Awards – Winner – Hao Jingya
  • 2014 – Winner of the 2014 Smithsonian In Motion Video Contest, People Category – Biel Calderon
  • 2013 – Honorable Mention in the NPPA – Best of Photojournalism awards, Tablet/Mobile Delivery Project category – Biel Calderon
  • 2013 – Press Photographer’s Year 2013, 1st prize News – Adam Dean
  • 2013 – George Polk Award for Video Reporting – Tracey Shelton
  • 2013 – Picture of the Year International (POYi) Award of Excellence for Feature Multimedia – Tracey Shelton
  • 2013 – World Press Photo multimedia award – Yange Enze
  • 2013 – One World Media award student nomination – Olga Stefou
  • 2013 – International Center of Photography Infinity Award – Miska Henner
  • 2012 – Winner of the TV category in the WASH media awards – Berta upe Tilmantaitė
  • 2012 – Gold Award in the 2012 Prix de la Photographie (PX3) – Adam Dean
  • 2012 – Digital Heretics journalism award – Berta Tilmantaitė
  • 2012 – Overseas Press Club award – Best coverage in a 72-hour period of a breaking news event – Tracey Shelton
  • 2012 – Photo District News 2012 list of “30 new and emerging photographers to watch” – Markel Redondo
  • 2012 – Peabody award – Tracey Shelton