The Current State of Journalism in China: Difficulties and Hopes
Gone are the golden years of journalism in China. Amid the global journalism crisis caused by the rapid development of digital technology and the collapse of the business model, with further blow from President Xi Jinping’s strict media control, Chinese news media have been losing circulation, revenue, talents, and influential stories. However, the need for quality journalism, especially investigative journalism, has never gone away. And the gap has been increasingly filled by an unexpected and diverse group of actors such as a WeChat public account on real estate and a start-up company providing on health information. In this talk, I will review the key challenges and developments of Chinese journalism during recent years, introduce key facts and cases, and discuss the possible future trends to watch.
Bio: Fang Kecheng is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include digital media, journalism, and political communication, mainly in the Chinese context. He is the recipient of multiple awards and grants, including the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Doctoral Fellowship. He got his BA and MA, both in Journalism, from Peking University. Before starting the academic journey, he worked as a political journalist at Southern Weekly (南方周末) for three years. He has appeared in media including The New York Times, BBC, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and The New Yorker, commenting on issues related to news media and Chinese politics. In 2011, he founded CNPolitics.org, an independent website committed to introducing academic studies to the Chinese public. He is also the founder of Newslab, a WeChat public account focusing on media literacy. In August 2019, he will be joining the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as Assistant Professor of Journalism.