Hello, y'all! I'm Alex Ip 葉清霖, a multimedia environmental journalist from Hong Kong. 

I'm the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Xylom, a non-profit, Gen-Z-led newsroom growing science with words. I am also proud to be part of the MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing, Class of 2024. 

I am skilled in photojournalism (DSLR and film), data journalism (Datawrapper), fact-checking (I am trained twice by the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT), Chinese-English translation (I translated a book!) and editing (my writers have won awards from the National Academies, and have gone on to write for the New York Times, Scientific American, and Nature, among others.) 

I have spoken at ComSciCon (x2), Science Journalism Forum, and a workshop co-organized by the Hong Kong Journalists Association, supported by the Earth Journalism Network. In 2024, I was named a Rising Star by the Atlanta Press Club Awards, and a Silver Winner in News & Journalism, Sustainability, Environment, & Climate in The 3rd Annual Anthem Awards.

My words have appeared (or will appear) in The Christian Science Monitor, Mississippi Free Press, and Verite News. 

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What They Say 👇🏽

Alex shows consistency and superior knowledge of his craft. He has mastered the art of entrepreneurial journalism and can also work in teams. 

Los Angeles Press Club, judging for the 2024 Atlanta Press Club Awards

A lot of you have asked me how I’ve been able to learn so much about "Cop City", it’s because of people like Alex Ip. Give them a follow for really insightful coverage. 

Rep. Ruwa Romman, the first Muslim woman to be elected to the Georgia State House of Representatives

In the few months I've become aware of the issue, your exceptionally detailed and factual reporting is the first time things have been put in perspective for me. 

Albert C., in a reader email addressed to Alex

I was talking with my cofounder of 3484 earlier this week...we both fully agreed your journalism even as a student has been some of the best and most impactful in Atlanta, especially about "Cop City".

Sam Baskin, Founder and former Creative Director of 3484 Magazine, Georgia Tech’s official student news magazine

I express my heartfelt gratitude to you for your watchdog journalism and research on behalf of the public... Local journalism — and writers such as yourself — are a true national treasure. You keep truth and accountability alive.

Johanna R., in a reader email addressed to Alex

Selected work

Writing ✍🏽

Photography 📸

Texas Coastal Bend


Western North Carolina

Data Visuals 📈

Full Body of Work






Get in touch at alex@thexylom.com 👋🏽