1st Edition

Disrupting Chinese Journalism Changing Politics, Economics, and Journalistic Practices of the Legacy Newspaper Press

By Haiyan Wang Copyright 2023
    138 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Disrupting Chinese Journalism provides a rich insight into the disruptive effects of digital technologies – especially smart-phones – on the Chinese print media market.

    Pulling from an extensive corpus of original research, including 191 face-to-face interviews with managers and journalists, and a content analysis of some 4,000 news reports, Haiyan Wang examines how Chinese legacy newspapers have responded to the changing digital media environment, including by adapting their organizational structures, revenue models, and journalistic practices. This book also points to how the government has taken a more interventionist stance on editorial content, and how this has further complicated the digital transitions of the Chinese media.

    This book is an invaluable resource for students of media studies, journalism, Chinese area studies, and digital technology.

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    1. Introduction: The Crisis of Chinese Newspapers

    2. State Interventions in the Digital Era

    3. Reducing Editorial Costs

    4. Finding New Revenues

    5. Transformation of Journalists and Community

    6. Investigative Journalism versus Political Propaganda

    7. Bounded Innovations of News Styles

    8. Conclusion: Markets, State, and Digital Technology




    Haiyan Wang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau. Her academic and research interests include the impact of digitization on media and journalism, emerging forms of media and journalism, and women in media.