Journalism With Chinese Characteristics

Friday, January 02, 2009


There is real investigative reporting in China, it’s just not done under a free press flag. Instead, practitioners mind an unstated set of rules, keeping themselves safe by employing tactics like using excessive jargon and exploiting government rivalries. It's an evolving dance requiring ingenuity, subtlety, courage and a willingness to be fired every day. Plus, a conversation with the former host of ‘At Night You’re Not Lonely,’ a call-in radio show that dispenses hard-won wisdom to the factory girls of Shenzhen, a city in flux.

Comments [3]

Chris Gray from New Haven

Sounds about right to me, except for that monkey dancer John Stewart or SNL!

Jan. 06 2009 11:50 AM
derek monroe from round lake, iL

Listening to the travails of journalism in China one cannot notice but feel a strange feeling of familiarity of working with major US news organizations and how they treat the "difficult subjects" by unspoken rule of soft censorship. Looking at the Journalism with American Characteristics one has to look at whether any major news organization will stick out its neck and pursue in pursuit of the story in 2009 where few people who make the actual shots are in cohoots with big business. Case in point my report from Ecuador which was shelved because of the one paragraph reference to Chevron lawsuit in US courts over the largest environmental disaste in the world (Yes, it wasn't the Exxon Valdez mess). Also can anyone right honestly about Lockerbie, Scotland Pan Am attack? BBC referred to one of the judges of the case that was removed for looking into uncomfortable direction as "the largest disgrace of Scottish Justice system, ever." Anyway, I suggest OTM does a story on what freedom does a journalist (especially radio and Tv) has in covering a story without any objective blind spots. I'd say close to 0. Anyway, it seems that in the globalized world the differences on how the power shapes the control of the news are really disappearing.

Jan. 06 2009 10:28 AM
Chris Gray from New Haven

Just a quick thought, on a portion of the program I didn't miss on the first go round but which I failed to notice then.

I have been greatly concerned by the overwhelming growth in the Chinese male population spurred by the illegal but widespread use of the sex determination techniques since the one-child policy began. Apparently there are large areas dominated by males and I fear it will lead to political and military aggression.

How interesting to hear about Shenzhen and its 5 to 1 female ratio. It sounds as if it is the city of abandoned daughters.

Jan. 03 2009 08:27 PM

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