Investigative journalism in China today

Tong, J. and Sparks, C. 2009. Investigative journalism in China today. Journalism Studies. 10 (3), pp. 337-352.

TitleInvestigative journalism in China today
AuthorsTong, J. and Sparks, C.
Abstract

The situation of investigative journalism in China is precarious. There are serious pressures from both the party-state and advertisers that have reduced the opportunities for this kind of journalism. On the other hand, investigative journalism has proved a very important tool in the economic development of some newspapers, and has been integrated into their organizational structure as well as providing what might be termed a professional ideology for journalists. But as the pressures on news organizations have grown, they have been forced to respond. Some, notably television but also many newspapers, have more or less abandoned investigative journalism. Others attempt to retain the practice, but adopt a very cautious strategy. In some cases, however, the market position of the newspaper and the self-identity of the journalists mean that they retain a strong commitment to investigative journalism. In this, they are aided by the development of the Internet, which provides a good source for stories, an arena in which it is possible to publish material that could not appear in the traditional media, and a way of ensuring that sensational stories gain a wider audience. On the other hand, even those newspapers that pride themselves on maintaining their commitment to this kind of journalism have developed strategies to minimize the negative political and economic consequences of their activity. The article concludes that while investigative journalism in China faces a difficult future, it is very far from entirely defunct.

JournalJournalism Studies
Journal citation10 (3), pp. 337-352
ISSN1461-670X
Year2009
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/14616700802650830
Publication dates
Published2009

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