The Current State of Journalism in China: Difficulties and Hopes
March 29, 2019 - 10:15-12:00
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.