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Reporting From China, Challenges in the Field

Mike Chinoy Reporting From China, Challenges in the Field

As China has relaxed controls on internal movement, controls on press freedom have also relaxed.  Mike Chinoy recalls the early days of reporting from China, when government minders, frightened citizens, and limited mobility meant Western journalists were forced to interpret this massively complex country through a keyhole view.  Today, foreign journalists in China enjoy broad freedom of movement and can talk to anyone willing to talk to them, and thanks to the prevalence of the internet most news travels too fast to be censored completely.

Talks with Zhou En-Lai

Seymour and Audrey Topping Talks with Zhou En-Lai

Seymour and Audrey Ronning Topping describe their 1971 interview with China’s premier Zhou En-Lai. It was the first interview that he gave to  American correspondents in decades.  Audrey Ronning Topping met premier Zhou through her father Chester Ronning, Canada’s first ambassador to China who was a close friend of premier Zhou. When Audrey met Zhou in 1971, he said that China’s greatest challenge in the future will be pollution.

A History of Foreign Media in China

Mei Yan A History of Foreign Media in China

The role of music, culture and media in the evolution of societies is widely recognized worldwide.  Mei Yan outlines the shift of young audience tastes from foreign to local content, the development of brand strength, and a strategy to create and maintain brand loyalty.  With highly competitive and saturated media sectors in developed countries, China represents a unique growth opportunity for large international media producers, which have sought strategies to reach Chinese audiences since the 1990’s.

Meet the Chinese Netizen

Jeremy Goldkorn Meet the Chinese Netizen

There are 400,000,000 Chinese netizens. 55% of them are blogging.  They are young, spend much of their free time online, and have more friends online that they do in real life. They are very sensitive to being targeted in blatant marketing campaigns. Since 2003, has provided valuable analysis and insight into the psyche of the average Chinese netizen, which helps us understand their online and offline behavior and preferences, as well as their opinions towards company brands in Chinese social media and web journalism.

Journalistic Self-Censorship in China

Jeremy Goldkorn Journalistic Self-Censorship in China

A culture of self-censorship has proven more effective than direct orders from official state propaganda departments.  The thin line between permitted news and taboo is unclear and constantly shifting places, which forces journalists to practice self-censorship to avoid crossing it and attracting unwanted attention.

China Entrepreneur: Voices of Experience from 40 Business Pioneers

Laurie Underwood China Entrepreneur: Voices of Experience from 40 Business Pioneers

China is now the world’s second largest economy and a hotspot for direct foreign investment. It holds enormous potential for entrepreneurs, and small and medium-sized enterprises are now emerging as a significant source of the nation’s industrial output. Understanding and navigating inherent cultural differences and the constantly changing legal and regulatory environment are critical to survive and thrive in this dynamic arena. 

Challenges for Innovation and Creativity in China

david ben kay Challenges for Innovation and Creativity in China

China’s next stage of post-manufacturing development will transition to a “global creativity center.” Innovation will be the key driver behind a vibrant knowledge-based, high value-added economy.  David Ben Kay discusses the challenges facing Chinese companies in creative and high-tech industries as they strive to move from “licensee” to “licensor.”

Pioneering New Media Art in China

david ben kay Pioneering New Media Art in China

David Ben Kay decided to leave behind his life as Microsoft's Anti-Counterfeiting Czar, and devote himself to making a home for New Media Art in China, the Yuanfen gallery in Beijing's legendary 798 art district.  New Media Art combines the aesthetic experience of viewing classical art, with the immediacy of creation that is the hallmark of the digital age. 

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