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ARTICLE: Data journalism struggles to gain foothold in China

Data journalism gained momentum in China around 2011-2012. Shuling Zhang and Jieyun Feng, of the UIBE University in Beijing, seek to find out how it is developing currently. Practicing data journalism creates enthusiasm in China, but it is only applied on a rather cursory level, their new study states. Researchers explored the diffusion of data … Continued


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ARTICLE: Chinese media has a limited effect on Kenyan and South African students

The growing number of Chinese-owned media in different African has demonstrated how Beijing wants to create a stronger mediated relationship with Africa. Some of the media projects in recent years have caused notable controversy and opposition. But how influential are Chinese media in Africa? ask Herman Wasserman of the University of Cape Town, and Dani … Continued


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ARTICLE: Convergence and de-convergence at a Chinese newsroom

A well-established organizational culture and a working routine  are crucial for legacy media when adapting to rapid changes in the digital age, a new study states. Ke Li, of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, did ethnographic research at the Chinese newspaper Beijing News for four months. Li proposes a convergence and de-convergence model of … Continued


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ARTICLE: Reporting of the Beijing’s 2013 smog hazard emphasized the role of experts

Air pollution is one of the main environmental concerns in Chinese cities. Sibo Chen, of Simon Fraser University, studied how Beijing’s smog hazard in 2013 was covered by the Xinhua News Agency, China Daily, South China Morning Post (SCMP) and the Associated Press (AP). The severity of the smog hazard captured the media’s attention in … Continued


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ARTICLE: Chinese media frame Islam and Muslims negatively

Chinese state news reports project an overall negative view of Muslims, a new study shows. Luwei Rose Luqiu of Pennsylvania State University, and Fan Yang of the University at Albany, conducted a three-part research about Islamophobia. The researchers did a content analysis of Chinese state news media reports from 2005-2015 about Muslims and Islam (n=15 427), … Continued


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ARTICLE: National policies affect terrorism coverage

National policies affect the way major broadcasters cover politically motivated violence, write Ying Roselyn Du, of Hong Kong Baptist University, and Lulu Li, of Chinese University of Hong Kong. The authors analysed 142 news stories on terrorist attacks, published online by the Chinese CCTV and the American CNN. The authors searched for news on two … Continued


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ARTICLE: US national discourse has constructed China as a potential enemy ‘Other’

China is arguably the most important partner and rival for the United States. Su-Mei Ooi of Butler University, and Gwen D’Arcangelis of Skidmore College, look at the US news and political discourse about China, and how China is being ‘othered’. The researchers analyzed official policy documents, statistics and other texts along with news media articles … Continued


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ARTICLE: Both US and Chinese journalists embrace attribution

Plagiarism in journalism is treated in varying ways. Do attitudes towards it travel across national and cultural boundaries? Norman P. Lewis of the University of Florida, Bu Zhong of Pennsylvania State University, Fan Yang of State University New York and Yong Zhou of Renmin University of China, compared 1,096 professional journalists who answered a survey … Continued