When I was an English major student at college, I was interested in the television news aired by the world's leading broadcasters. But through the camera I saw a world full of injustice, violence and hatred. I wanted to know what was wrong and I wanted to make a difference. I decided to be a journalist – a social conscience.

Later I got an opportunity to work at the Xinhua News Agency Web site as an intern during my senior year and as its full-time editor in the next two and half years. I spent another half year at the People’s Daily working as newspaper editor while waiting for the paper’s international correspondent vacancy. My journalism career ended in 2012 due to the pressure of life.

But my professional experience in the press did make me a better person. I had never had a deeper feeling towards our values of truthfulness, fairness and humanity which we shall never cease to defend. Although I no longer work in media, my faith in free press never changes. Journalism does make the world a better place, in one way or another.

Important note: For some reason, Xinhua has removed stories published before 2012 from its Web site. The links given at the end of each story are no longer available. I apologize for the inconvenience.