Drawing upon ethnographic fieldwork in the investigative reporting unit of Beijing News, this paper examines how new dynamics, represented by emerging economic pressure facing newspapers, the increasingly draconian political climate under the new leadership, and the development of new media, pose fresh challenges to the activities of Chinese investigative journalists. In order to keep the newspaper competitive, the investigative reporting unit of Beijing News has reshuffled its organizational structure and readjusted its reporting strategy. The paper concentrates upon the interplay between political and economic factors in defining the broad context that Chinese investigative journalism operates within. As a consequence it calls for a reconsideration of the primacy of political analysis that has dominated studies of Chinese journalism. The paper demonstrates that the political analysis of Chinese newspapers needs to be supplemented by increasing attention to the impact of other factors, notably technological developments and economic pressures.
|Publication status||Published - 25 May 2015|
|Event||ICA 2015 - 65th Annual International Communication Association Conference: Communication Across the Life Span - San Juan, Puerto Rico|
Duration: 21 May 2015 → 25 May 2015
|Conference||ICA 2015 - 65th Annual International Communication Association Conference|
|Period||21/05/15 → 25/05/15|