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

Metro Newspaper Journalists in China

The Aspiration-Frustration-Reconciliation Framework, 1st Edition

By Zhaoxi (Josie) Liu


112 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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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: Lessons Learned on Studying Journalism Culture

Journalism Culture at Kunming Metro Papers

Lessons Learned

Future Studies


About the Author


Zhaoxi Liu

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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

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Routledge Focus on Journalism Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies