Niu’s ‘Rules’ wins USC play festival

Journalist's 'Juche' based on trip to North Korea

TV journalist Mark Niu’s play “Juche Rules,” based on his state-sponsored bus tour of North Korea, took the top honor at the USC Master of Professional Writing 2008 One-Act Play Festival Wednesday.

The play follows two Western journalists who videotape state secrets and learn about morality from their own tour guide, who seems to blindly follow his nation’s propaganda.

Niu, a second-year screenwriting and playwriting student, spent more than a decade as a TV anchor and reporter covering Asia. His work has appeared on Fox, PBS and the National Geographic Channel.

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