Interview with Cecily Liu, correspondent for China Daily

KBSF: I’ve known you for a while, but why don’t you give us the Cecily Liu elevator pitch?

CL: My name is Cecily Liu, I am a London-based Correspondent for China Daily, covering finance and business news. I came to London as a student in 2008 and fell in love with the hustle and bustle of the big city. So I decided to stay, and write about China’s connection with Europe through my work at China Daily – which is exciting because every day there is a different story to tell. In my spare time, I like reading, shopping, watching movies and plays, and travelling.

KBSF: Tell me about your typical day at China Daily?

CL: There is no typical day. For morning press briefings and conference calls, I quickly churn out copy before print deadline of 1pm GMT (copyediting is done in Beijing). But more in-depth stories would take days, and I may travel to other cities if there is construction work or launch ceremonies I can go and see. I go to a lot financial conferences and evening events in London. It’s busiest when I cover the visits of important Chinese leaders to the UK, and I regualrly write profile stories of influential people when the news diary is less busy.

KBSF:What are your favourite online services?

CL: Amazon, flickr, YouTube.

KBSF: Who do you most admire from a media perspective?

CL: Gillian Tett

KBSF: Aside from China Daily, what is the brand that you most admire?

CL: Apple.

KBSF: What should a bunch of Brit PR people know to work with you better?

CL: I’m sometimes not in the office, but if you email me I will reply at the earliest opportunity.

KBSF: Kittens, babies, sunsets or flowers? Which do you prefer?

Flowers

Archived from blog posts I wrote for PR Week