Committing Journalism: The FCCC Reporters’ Guide to China
Let’s face it: China is a great story. The booming economy, intriguing politics and fast-changing society make this a great time to be working as a journalist here.
Yet reporting in China also presents special challenges. Some authorities still hope to control the information flow; they regard foreign media with suspicion. While the new reporting regulations have helped open up the provinces, many local authorities have yet to implement them properly, and foreign correspondents still encounter harassment, interference and detentions.
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China has produced this guide to help foreign media – both fresh arrivals and old China hands — work more effectively and anticipate some of the challenges involved in ‘committing journalism’ in China.
Many thanks go to the correspondents and others who contributed to this guide, especially Jocelyn Ford, Emma Graham-Harrison, Francesco Liello, Jutta Lietsch, Ylenia Rosati and Jon Watts – as well as anyone else we missed.
This is not an exhaustive compendium; it’s intended to complement the growing number of official handbooks. Our guide is a work-in-progress based on input from experienced China-based journalists. We welcome your suggestions; please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any ideas.
Melinda Liu, Jason Subler, Andrew Batson
A hardcopy version of this guide, in a convenient pocket-size format, can be purchased from the FCCC office for 50 yuan. Please contact us if you’re interested.