Hélène Franchineau is a French video journalist with the Associated Press, based in Beijing. She covers topics such as social issues, human rights, environment and politics, in China and Asia. Before joining the AP in 2014, Hélène was based in Hong Kong where she first worked as a reporter for the South China Morning Post in 2011 before joining the paper’s new online team a year later as the first video journalist. In 2013 Hélène became a freelance multimedia journalist, filming mostly for the BBC out of Hong Kong, but also for the New York Times and the Guardian. Hélène holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chinese from Bordeaux University and a dual Master’s Degree in Journalism from Sciences Po in Paris and from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York, where she graduated in 2011. Hélène can speak French, English, Chinese and a bit of Cantonese. She is currently learning Arabic. In her spare time, she enjoys running and boxing.