Metro Newspaper Journalists in China: The Aspiration-Frustration-Reconciliation Framework, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Metro Newspaper Journalists in China

The Aspiration-Frustration-Reconciliation Framework, 1st Edition

By Zhaoxi (Josie) Liu

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112 pages

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This book explores how journalists at local metro papers in a south-western China metropolis give meaning to their work and how these meanings are shaped by the specific social environment within which these journalists operate. These metro papers provide the bulk of daily news to the general public in China, yet are often understudied compared to the country’s party news outlets. Informed by fieldwork in four metro newspapers, the book puts forward a grounded theory for exploring journalists’ occupational culture: the aspiration-frustration-reconciliation framework.

Table of Contents



1. Introduction to "Heaven and Hell"



Purpose of the Study



Why Metro Newspaper Journalists?



Why Journalism Culture?



Structure of the Book



Note on Field Research



2. The Rise of Metro Newspapers and Metro Papers In Kunming



The Rise of Metro Papers



Metro Papers in Kunming



New Players: the Internet and Social Media



3. All the Buzz in the Kunming Newsrooms



Tipsters, BBS and eBikes



General Assignment vs. Beat Reporters



Getting Paid



Cigarettes, Air and Food



4. Aspirations: Ideals of the Journalists



Monitoring Power



Upholding Social Justice



Making a Difference



5. Frustrations: Realities of Daily Work

Obstructions to and Troubles from Reporting



Story Bans



The Red Line



Business Pressure



King without Crown vs. Migrant Worker of News



Frustrated, Disappointed and Conflicted





6. Reconciliations: Compromises in Practice



Helping People While Doing Journalism



Sense of Achievement



Learning to Compromise



Undercover Reporting





7. Journalism Culture in Context: Global Influence, Social Conflict and Epidemic Mistrust





Global Influence



Social Conflict



The Pandemic of Mistrust



8. Social Media Impact

Weibo’s Impact on Journalism amid the Wenzhou Train Collision



New Source of Information



Expanding the Range of Discourse



Defying Censorship



Pushing for More Government Transparency



Viral Impact



Constraints on the Power of Social Media



Recent Developments





9. Journalism Culture with Chinese Characteristics





Organizational Differences



Kunming and China



The Theoretical Framework



Conclusion: Lesso

About the Author

Zhaoxi (Josie) Liu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Trinity University, USA

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN008000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Journalism
SOC024000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Research
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
SOC053000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies