Yolanda Ma

Co-founder and editor, Data Journalism China

Yolanda Jinxin Ma (马金馨) is an award-winning digital strategist specializing in data journalism, social media and non-profit technology. She is currently based in Bangkok, Thailand, serving as innovation consultant for the UNDP Regional Bureau of Asia Pacific, providing advisory support to country offices on communications and technology. She co-founded DJChina, where DJ stands for data journalism, the first website in Chinese providing knowledge and information about data journalism. She was the Assistant Project Manager, Data at Thomson Reuters until Dec 2013, where she deputized overseeing data journalism projects. ConnectedChina, the flagship project of her team, which structures and visualizes publicly-available data about China’s elite leadership, won the Data Journalism Award of 2013.

Yolanda is speaking at

October 5, 2018
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Jade B (3rd Floor)


  • Jolly Shen (Speaker) The Rising Lab Project Leader, Yicai Media Group
  • Yolanda Ma (Moderator) Co-founder and editor, Data Journalism China
  • Cui Zheng (Speaker) Chief Editor, DataViz
  • Yan Lu (Speaker) Managing Data Editor, 澎湃新闻 ThePaper.cn


China seems an unlikely place for data journalism. The lack of data culture, tight censorship and weak civil society all would seem to inhibit data journalism. Yet data journalism has not only survived this tough environment, but even thrived. Many newsrooms have set up data journalism teams, from official newspapers to commercialized online portals. Some great data journalism work has been produced, from long-form investigative pieces to user-generated interactives. In some areas, such as mobile data presentation, it has a unique character and distribution advantages. The field has also evolved greatly, and the community is growing.

In this panel we will discuss the challenges, but more importantly the opportunities in China, with leading practitioners. We'll discuss the best work that's been done, and also the development we've witnessed over the years. For those who operate in a similar environment - where data is scarce, inaccurate and even a crime, this panel will discuss practical tips and strategic options.

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