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Acclaimed journalism professor Cheng Jim-ming dies at 82

2018/02/19 20:09:24

Cheng Jim-ming (鄭貞銘/file photo)

Taipei, Feb. 19 (CNA) Acclaimed journalism professor Cheng Jim-ming (鄭貞銘) passed away Monday in Taipei at the age of 82, media personality Jeffrey Ko (葛樹人) said.

Cheng died at Central Clinic and Hospital in Taipei at 4:56 p.m. Monday. He was admitted to the hospital on Feb. 14 with kidney failure, according to Ko.

The famous journalism professor was born in 1936. Known to many as the "Godfather of Taiwan journalism," Cheng spent most of the past five decades teaching generations of students.

A graduate of National Chengchi University's Graduate Institute of Journalism, Cheng became the first department chair of Chinese Culture University's Department of Journalism a year after it was founded in 1963 at the age of 28.

He served in the department for more than 50 years before retiring.

Cheng also served as a head on CNA's board of supervisors and founded the Institute of Education for Mass Communication of R.O.C. in 1980 to promote mass communications and journalism in Taiwan.

He wrote a number of widely used journalism textbooks and won a number of awards both in Taiwan and Hong Kong for his literary works.

(By Hsiao Po-wen and Joseph Yeh)