Making “Un-news”: News aggregation in Chinese press

Dan Wang*, Steve Zhongshi Guo

*Corresponding author for this work

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“Un-news” is a Chinese newsroom jargon that refers to the process as well as the product of aggregation. It encapsulates clashes between digital and legacy journalism, challenges posed by and responses to technologies in the media industry. It differs from aggregation news elsewhere because of dynamic media environment in China. This ethnographic study closely analyzes manifestations of “un-news” churned out by digital aggregators who have to work under management of legacy print journalists and editors in a local Chinese press. The hierarchy of influences model is used to decompose the meanings and complexities of “un-news.” Fieldwork observations have confirmed our expectations that the hierarchy model remains structurally valid, although the content and meaning of influence have changed drastically within each level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1715-1732
Number of pages18
Issue number8
Early online date16 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese press
  • aggregation
  • digital journalism
  • hierarchy of influences
  • “Un-news”


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