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Xinyan Y.

Washington, DC, USA2 reviews

$1000 - $1500 / Day

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Top Services

  • News Shooter / Video Journalist

    2 reviews
  • Documentary DP

    1 review
  • Field Producer

Equipment

Video

  • 4K video camera
  • DSLR or equivalent
  • GoPro or equivalent

Miscellaneous

  • Lighting kit

About Xinyan

Xinyan is an award-winning video journalist and filmmaker based in Washington DC. Born and raised in Wuhan, China, Xinyan started her journalism career in 2012 working as a producer for BBC News in Beijing covering the Asia Pacific region. In 2018, she launched the North America video team for Hong Kong’s flagship newspaper South China Morning Post in New York, and later joined the BBC's Washington DC bureau in 2020 as a senior video journalist. Xinyan's 23-min BBC documentary China’s Science Revolution won the 2015 BBC Storytelling Fund and was Highly Commended for Excellent Online Production at the 2016 AIB Awards. Her 15-min short film for South China Morning Post, Fighting Fentanyl: the Drug from China Destroying American Lives, won the Gold Prize for Best Use of Online Video at the 2019 WAN-IFRA Asian Digital Media Awards. A BBC News video feature she shot, Are America's unvaccinated changing their minds?, won a White House News Photographers Association's Eyes of History Digital Storytelling award in 2022. Now working as an independent filmmaker, she has directed and produced for the BBC, CNBC, PBS NOVA, Newsy and Channel New Asia. Xinyan is a Firelight Media Documentary Lab fellow, a Brown Girls Doc Mafia Sustainable Artist fellow and an alumnus of the Yaddo Residency.

Top Projects

  • What happened to our parents? Uygur sisters seek answers

    • Documentary DP
    • Video Editor - News
    • Reporter / Journalist
    • News Shooter / Video Journalist
    • Field Producer

    Zumret and Humar Isaac lost contact with their parents in November 2018. Since then, the two Uygur sisters from Xinjiang, China, have been on a quest to find out what happened. A phone call from someone claiming to work for the community affairs centre led the sisters to believe that their parents were sent to one of Xinjiang’s “re-education” facilities, where according to the UN, an estimated one million Uygurs are being held. The sisters launched a social media campaign calling for their release. In late March, their parents resurfaced and resumed contact, but the sisters were left with more questions than answers.

  • Making $85K As A Doula In Washington, DC | On The Job

    • Documentary DP
    • News Shooter / Video Journalist

    Samantha Griffin, 34, is a doula and owner of DC Metro Maternity, an agency specializing in labor and postpartum support for women of color in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Raised in the suburbs of DC, Samantha became interested in race and gender studies while attending Duke University, leading her to work at various non-profits while volunteering as a doula before making it her full-time career in 2016. Right now, Samantha makes about $85,000 a year.

    CNBC Digital Video

    Produced for CNBC Digital Video on Storyhunter

    February 2022

  • Fighting fentanyl: the drug from China destroying American lives

    • News Shooter / Video Journalist
    • Documentary DP
    • Video Editor - Documentary

    Overdoses linked to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid up to 50 times stronger than heroin, killed nearly 30,000 people in the United States in 2017. Authorities say most fentanyl sold in the state of Pennsylvania can be traced back to China. We went to Kensington, an area considered a “ground zero” of America’s opioid crisis, in the Pennsylvanian city of Philadelphia.

  • Cannabis: America's Green Gold Rush

    • Documentary DP
    • News Shooter / Video Journalist
    • Non-Fiction Film Director

    Last summer, hundreds of Chinese migrant workers struggling with job scarcity during the pandemic flocked to a remote city on the Navajo Nation Indian reservation. They went there for what they believed were well paying jobs on hemp farms, but soon they found themselves caught up in an illegal marijuana operation that left 17 workers detained and many others displaced. Directed & produced by Xinyan Yu Reporting by Jessica Lussenhop & Zhaoyin Feng

  • China Communist officials sent on revolutionary tours

    • News Shooter / Video Journalist
    • Senior Producer / Project Manager

    China's leaders say corruption is a life and death issue for the ruling party, and to steel its nearly 90 million members against temptation, they are sent on educational visits to the pilgrimage sites of the revolution. The BBC's China editor Carrie Gracie got rare access to tag along on one such tour in Chongqing, southwest China.

All Services

Pre-Production

  • Creative Director
  • Fixer
  • Senior Producer / Project Manager

Production Support

  • Non-Fiction Film Director
  • HD Live Operator
  • Editorial Photographer / Photojournalist
  • Field Producer
  • TV News Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • Audio Storyteller
  • Commercial DP
  • Corporate Videographer
  • Documentary DP
  • News Shooter / Video Journalist
  • Reporter / Journalist

Post-Production

  • Video Editor - Commercial
  • Video Editor - Documentary
  • Video Editor - News

Xinyan's Clients

  • BBC News
  • BBC World News
  • South China Morning Post
  • Newsy
  • CNBC Digital Video

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