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ARTICLE: The three different roles of foreign correspondents working in China

How do foreign correspondents in China perceive their professional roles, and how their role perceptions differ across different media systems? asks Yuan Zeng of City University of Hong Kong, in a new article. Based on interviews with 101 journalists, the author identified three types of China correspondents: a detached disseminator a populist watchdog and a … Continued

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ARTICLE: How do Chinese journalists navigate censorship?

The professional freedom of Chinese journalists is constrained by the state apparatus, but not entirely quenched by it. What tactics do the journalists use in order to gain access to, and publish sensitive information? Xianwen Kuang, of Liverpool University, engaged in three months of participant observation at a Chinese newsroom and interviewed six journalists working … Continued

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ARTICLE: Chinese and Western representations of smog in Beijing

Chinese and Anglo-American media represent Beijing’s smog problem very differently, write Ming Liu, of Sun Yat-sen University, and Chaoyuan Li, of Xi’an International Studies University. The authors algorithmically analysed 1 410 news articles published by China Daily, The Guardian, The Times, and The New York Times. Most notably, the Western sources tended to dramatize the … Continued

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ARTICLE: How the Chinese state brushes aside social problems

The Chinese state media uses ritualistic framing to distract public attention from the social issues related to the annual Spring Festival homecoming, writes Meng Li, of Loyola Marymount University. The author analysed the coverage of the 2013-2014 Spring Festival on a morning show on the state-controlled CCTV-2 channel. The Spring Festival is an annual celebration … Continued

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ARTICLE: Chinese foreign correspondents are different from Westerners – but not alien

Chinese foreign correspondents share “many similarities with their Western counterparts” while still maintaining “distinctive features of their own”, write Shixin Ivy Zhang, the University of Nottingham Ningbo, and Xiaoling Zhang, of the University of Nottingham. The authors interviewed 19 Chinese journalists deployed in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. The authors used a new framework … Continued

ARTICLE: US correspondents’ changing views of China

American journalists writing from China changed their views of the country several times, write Yunya Song, of Baptist University of Hong Kong, and Chin-Chuan Lee, of Hong Kong City University. They analysed 16 books written by front-row American foreign correspondents stationed in China in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The early 1970’s were marked with idealism, … Continued

ARTICLE: Inter-journalist connections, China in European press, and others

The journal International Communication Gazette has released its newest issue, which is a special on the relationship between China and the European Union, titled Mass Communication and EU-China Relations. Most of its articles have already been published online in late 2015 or early 2016, but it features some articles fresh off the review process. Chinese … Continued

ARTICLE: Why stereotypes of China persist

The perpetuation of stereotypes of China and the Chinese in Western media is the result of many reasons, writes Jeanne Boden, of KU Leuven. The author sketches out the history of mutual misrepresentation between China and the West, and presents six levels of distortions. The author recognizes the following sources of stereotyping: news selection, news … Continued