A Survey Report on Chinese Journalists in China

The China Quarterly, 202, pp. 421-434, June 2010, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305741010000317

14 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2017

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Fen Lin

City University of Hong Kong

Date Written: June 10, 2010


This report presents a portrait of contemporary liberal Chinese journalists. Compared with the national average ten years ago, a typical journalist in Guangzhou is younger, better-educated and more likely to be female, and less likely to be a Communist Party member. The survey shows that the literati value coexists with both the modern professional and Party journalism value during the current journalistic professionalization. Such coexistence results in a complexity in journalists’ attitude and behaviour. Journalists tend to be inactively liberal: possessing liberal attitudes but not engaging themselves in action. The survey also reports evidence on the contingency of journalistic behaviour logic. Professional logic shows its popularity when journalists encounter conflicts involving legal, economic and political concerns, but not in cases involving moral or cultural conflicts. Neither professional nor commercial logic is strong enough to oppose political logic when journalists are handling severe political issues.

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Lin, Fen, A Survey Report on Chinese Journalists in China (June 10, 2010). The China Quarterly, 202, pp. 421-434, June 2010, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305741010000317, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2925054

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