This edited volume brings together scholars positioned in and outside of China, including former Chinese journalists, in a comprehensive and in-depth study of Chinese investigative journalists’ dreams, work practices, and strategies. It is the first book that systematically addresses the roles and values of Chinese investigative journalists in different types of media, in the process addressing topics such as journalism education, different generations and sub-groups among investigative journalists, and gendered roles within investigative journalism.
The book discusses journalists’ relations with the state and issues of political control and censorship but seeks to unpack the state by looking at different administrative levels, institutions and geographical locations. Furthermore, the authors acknowledge and analyze how investigative journalism today is shaped, constrained and negotiated through contacts with other actors than the state, including companies, civil society, and the audience. The book sheds light on the possibilities and restrictions for more critical journalism in an authoritarian regime.
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About the Author
Elin Sæther is postdoctoral research fellow in human geography at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo. Her work on Chinese media has been published in the China aktuell-Journal of Current Chinese Affairs.
Zhi’an Zhang is associate professor in the School of Communication and Design, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou. He has published several works in Chinese on investigative journalism, including Journalists’ Professionalism: The Professional Awareness and Reporting Strategies of In- Depth Journalists and In-Depth Reporting: Interviews and Classical Cases of In-Depth Reporting.