About Me

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I'm nicoco! I am an American visuals journalist in China. I believe in the power of visual arts as a mechanism for storytelling and social change. I am the founder of CELEBRATE WOMEN, an annual women's empowerment photography series, and was the creative lead of 2021 Shanghai Run Proud, a run series to promote awareness and fundraise for the LGBTQ+ community.

I was born in Chicago and grew up in the suburbs before moving to Shanghai. I have temporarily lived in three other great cities: Beijing, Florence, and New York City.

  • Pronouns: she/her
  • Citizenship: usa
  • Residence: china
  • Languages: english (native), mandarin chinese (proficient), japanese (basic)
  • E-mail: hello@nicoco.co
March 2023 - Present
Video Journalist @ Thomson Reuters

Cover breaking news. Work with text and photo departments to create multimedia stories. Shoot and edit interviews in English and Mandarin.

February 2021 - March 2023
Multimedia Producer @ Dialogy

Developed the brand's creative vision and standardized deliverables. Responsible for all client facing photography and videography. Managed remote video editor.

January 2022 - December 2022
Media and Production Fellow @ New York University Shanghai

Managed department budget for special events. Planned and organized guest speaker and student lecture events. Created promotional material for the program.

October 2021 - November 2022
Multimedia Editor @ The World of Chinese

Lead editor in video series with Hainan Tourism Bureau highlighting local culture. Worked with editorial, marketing, and design teams to develop video and audio content. Edited weekly news recap video. Gold and silver winner of the WAN-IFRA Covid-19 Photography category for small to medium outlets.

October 2019 - February 2021
Photo and Video Editor @ SideChef

Filmed and edited step by step cooking tutorials with celebrity chefs. Worked with major food and beverage brands to create marketing materials. Responsible for all department outgoing photography.

August 2017 - September 2019
Associate Creative Director @ LearningLeaders

Creative lead on explainer video on discrimination against women and ESL/EFL speakers in the debate community. Traveled to be media representative at domestic and international events. Regularly completed large scale graphic design projects on short deadlines.

2013 - 2017
New York University Shanghai

Major: Interactive Media Arts
Minor: Business & Finance

Awards: 2013-2017 NYU Futures Scholarship recipient (full-ride scholarship), 2015 Deans' Undergraduate Research Fund recipient, 2015 Deans' Service Scholar, graduated cum laude


The Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film, hosted by The International Academic Forum (IAFOR)

Presented paper The Paradoxial Magical Girl: Women's Empowerment in Magical Girl Anime, an examination of tropes in subgenre through Western and Japanese feminist film theory.


Fully funded delegate for three-day conference on the theme 'Wǒmen: Retelling the China Stories,' hosted by Peking University.

Presented CELEBRATE WOMEN, an annual women's empowerment photography initiative founded in 2016.

  • Videography
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Motion Graphics
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