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A History of Journalism and Communication in China

1st Edition

By Yunze Zhao, Ping Sun


176 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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From a modern perspective, journalism is highly relevant to modern society, along with the emergence of mass printing system and professionalisation. This book, however, expands the meaning of journalism and views it as a social process. It will not only explore the roots and development of Chinese journalism and communication, but also demonstrate how Chinese journalism and communication interact and struggle with social culture and politics.

Arranged in chronological order mainly, this book examines the initial development of Chinese journalism in ancient times in chapter 1, which from then manifested strong political attributes. After the Opium War in 1840, missionaries and businessmen from the West started to set up newspapers and periodicals in China, which brought about the birth of China’s modern journalism industry. Then China’s private newspapers and political party’s press are studied, which are closely linked with political revolutions and have a far-reaching impact on modern Chinese society. What happened to Chinese journalism and communication after the founding of People’s Republic of China in 1949? This book reviews the newspaper reforms, and studies the great negative impacts brought by "Cultural Revolution". Noteworthy news phenomena after the reform and opening-up are also covered.

This book will appeal to scholars and students in journalism, communication and Chinese studies. Readers interested in Chinese society and modern Chinese history will also be attracted by it.

Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1 The Ancient Communication Mechanism of Public Opinion of China Chapter 2 The Establishment of Chinese Modern Newspaper Industry Chapter 3 The Development of Chinese Private Newspapers Chapter 4 The Development of Chinese Newspapers of Political Party Chapter 5 The Development of Journalism and In-depth Reporting Chapter 6 The Development of Modern Journalism in Hong Kong, Macaw and Taiwan References

About the Authors

Yunze Zhao is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean in School of Journalism and Communication, Renmin University of China. His research interests include history of Chinese journalism and communication, new media, etc.

Ping Sun is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Journalism and Communication, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Her research focus lies in new media and history of Chinese communication.

About the Series

Chinese Perspectives on Journalism and Communication

Chinese Perspectives on Journalism and Communication Series

Series Editor: Wenshan Jia

Renmin University of China & Chapman University


With the increasing impact of China on global affairs, Chinese perspectives on journalism and communication are on the growing global demand. This series focuses on theory and research-oriented scholarship on journalism and communication broadly defined from Chinese perspectives, aided by a variety of methods, and informed by indigenous, interdisciplinary, intercultural or global approaches.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / China
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies