Mr. Chu studied under Chen Lan-pu, a famous scholar at that time. At the age of 21 Mr. Chu became a Licentiate by competitive examinations. Nine years later he became a Provincial Graduate.
In 1899 Mr. Chu gave up teaching and established the Ling Hsueh Monthly. In 1900 he started the Ling Hai Daily News. In 1901 he organized the Tung Hu Daily News. In 1903 he went to Tsingtao and started the Kiaochow Daily News. In 1904 Mr. Chu went to Peking and organized the Peking Jih Pao, the oldest Chinese newspaper in Peking. The Shun Tien Shih Pao, a Japanese daily in the Capitol, was established about the same time.
In 1907, Mr. Chu founded the English Peking Daily News. In the last days of the Ching Dynasty a press association was founded and Mr. Chu was elected chairman of the association which position he held until the first year of the Republic when he was relieved by Mr. Wang Chien-chai.
In May 1921 the National Press Association met at Peking and Mr. Chu was elected chief secretary of the association. Besides being a prominent journalist Mr. Chu was a scholar of no mean attainment. At the time when Yuan Shih-kai was Viceroy of Pei Yang, an offer of a political position was made to Mr. Chu but it was declined.
Late Mr. Chao Ping-chun, former Prime Minister and one of Yuan’s trusted lieutenants, was a pupil of Mr. Chu. Mr. Chu was still the editor of the Peking Jih Pao in 1925.