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Speaking & Consulting

For Consulting servies see 'Focus Asia Productions Limited' - offering a full range of television news consulting services and media training programs.


Jim Laurie is available as a featured speaker on a range of Asia and Media related issues.

Current topic - 40 Years of US-China relation.  There at the beginning.

On October 17, 2018, Laurie spoke to an audience of nearly 500 outside Detroit on a topic of increasing demand:  40 Years of US-China relations.  As someone who reported on China's opening up from Shanghai and Beijing in 1978, who following normalization and interviewed Deng Xiaoping in 1979, Laurie has a unique perspective on China.   The US China relationship has now entered its most difficult period since 1989-1990.   A more aggressive posture from both Washington and Beijing has endangered "engagement" and threatens to take US-China relations in unfortunate directions.

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From October 19 - 28, 2017, Laurie provided talks on Vietnam and Cambodia aboard the ship L'Austral from Hong Kong to Saigon.    Laurie will again be leading a group to Vietnam and Cambodia in November 2019.  His experience in Vietnam and Cambodia since 1970 offers participants a unique historical perspective on current events.

On October 11, 2017, Laurie spoke on the history of the Vietnam War at the University of Michigan, Waterman Lecture Series.

ON OCTOBER 21 2016, Laurie spoke on US-China relations at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston.  Laurie visited Houston for the first time in 1979 when he accompanied Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping to the Johnson NASA Space Center.

You can also book Jim to speak in the United States through

The American Program Bureau  or  Cassidy & Fishman Inc.   or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Topics for groups in the United States include

                 Vietnam:  1970 to 2017 - Personal experiences of war, nation-building, and travel to one of Asia's fastest growing economies

                 Cambodia:  1970-2017 -  Personal experiences of Wider War, Khmer Rouge genocide and the rescue of a loved one

                 China: 40 years of US-China relations.  Opening Up. 'The Gang of Four.'  Meeting Deng Xiaoping. Covering 'Tian An Men.'  Television in China today

                 Japan:  Changing society.  A look back at a Japan that was:  Japan in the 1970's and 80's with excerpts from documentary "Myths Behind the Miracle."


                  All lectures are illustrated with videos and stills.



Selected Past engagements:

China Soft Power:  On June 14, 2016, Jim joined the Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany to speak on China's 'outward engagement' efforts.

Global Media competition:   On October 16, 2013, Laurie chaired a panel on Global media at the Ford Foundation New York an event sponsored by the Overseas Press Club.  See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ddHNq3OyWc

International Broadcasting:  In March 2013, Jim joined a panel of speakers at the University of Southern Calfornia in Los Angeles to speak on the topic of the growth of international broadcasting and its impact in Asia.   The event was sponsored by the Annenberg School's program on Public Policy.

China:  In April 2013, Jim joined a China panel in Wooster Ohio which included writer James Fallows and former China adviser to President Obama, Jeff Bader.

From October to December 2010, Jim travelled widely giving talks on China media developments at Brown and Yale Universities, the University of Maryland,George Washington University, the Rotary Club of Wall Street. Duke University and the University of Georgia.       

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 Broadcast Consulting and Media Training

 See also Focus Asia page

Among the services provided

  • Writing workshops
  • On air voice and presentation coaching
  • Producer training
  • News broadcast critiques
  • Reporter training
  • On air look and feel
  • Multi-tasking in a digital world
  • Overall channel positioning, promotion, and strategy

Consulting History

From September 2008 through June 2009, - Jim served as Acting Asia Bureau Chief for the Al Jazeera English channel as it went through a transition period and sought temporary management and advice on re-structuring its Asia operations.

Al Jazeera English launched in November 2006.  Today it presents a strong 24 x 7 alternative to the international news channels BBC World News and CNNI.   Distribution has grown slowly since 2006.  In Asia it has developed a strong foothold in Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. Since 2009 it has scaled back its Malaysia broadcast center and re-distributed news gathering assets in the region.

In August 2013, Al Jazeera launched Al Jazeera America - a channel specially versions for the United States market.  Concerns were expressed in July 2013 that Al Jazeera was diluted its unique selling property - providing global news for an audience concerned about people stories not defined by and American agenda.

Since 2007, China Central Television in Beijing has been a client.   In late April 2010, its English language channel [CCTV 9] was relaunched as CCTV News.  The channel is seeking to redefine itself and join other English language news offerings in what is an increasingly crowded market.  Since 2005, Al Jazeera English, NHK World, Russia Today, and France 24 are among the channels developed to promote new agendas.

In India, after working on the launch of STAR News in 2001, we have been engaged to assist in the development of the other Indian news channels:    Times Now channel in Mumbai in 2005 and Aaj Tak’s Headlines Today channel from 2006-2008.

In the aftermath of the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 2008,  Times Now became the most watched English channel in India.   After our extensive consulting sessions Aaj Tak [already the nation’s leader in Hindi news], saw the “time spent” ratings figures more than double on its English language channel.

Anyone interested in short intensive or long term training and coaching programs [news writing, reporting, production, anchoring, speech and presentation] should  fill out the feedback form on this website.