Tag Archives: Journalism

Sinica: Time to leave China?

I did my valedictory Sinica last week, with usual suspects Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn. My departure and the broader meme of foreigners-abandoning-China was part of the discussion, but we also got into some political stuff regarding Xi Jinping’s “great … Continue reading

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Rectified.Name: Good News! The Press is Out to Get You!

A couple of weeks ago I gave a talk about PR in China to a journalism class at Beijing Foreign Studies University. In any student talk the Q&A is always the most fun, and this group was no exception. Among … Continue reading

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Sinica: Muckraking with Chinese characteristics

Another Sinica podcast this week, this time focusing mostly on a favorite topic of mine: Media corruption in China. We were lucky to have Caixin editor Li Xin as a guest. Caixin is one of the handful of Chinese publications … Continue reading

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Four lessons from the Burson-Facebook fiasco

I’m ridiculously late to this, as usual, but people keep asking me about the Burson-Facebook thing because of my years at Burson, so I thought I’d post the gist of the response I’ve been giving. If you’re not familiar with … Continue reading

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Getting your hopes up for news liberalization?

Don’t buy the keg just yet. Here’s a translation of an article from Party journal Seeking Truth from the excellent China Media Project. The thesis is that relaxation of media and news controls lead more or less directly to collapse … Continue reading

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Further to the dairy industry and naughty PR in China

I’ve always wanted to use the words “naughty” and “dairy” in the same sentence. But more on that some other time. I put a link to Gady Epstein’s excellent post on the recent dairy industry PR meltdown in my own earlier … Continue reading

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Who collided with whom in the Diaoyu islands?

The Japan Probe blog, using material drawn from the ever-reliable ChinaSmack, has contrasted Japanese and Chinese news illustrations of the recent collision of a Chinese fishing boat and Japanese coast-guard vessel in the Diaoyu islands. As you can see from … Continue reading

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We all live in (fear of) a yellow submarine

Imagethief’s undergraduate degree is marine biology. This is, as most people know, the usual pathway to a career in PR. It works something like this: Become interested in fish Pass organic chemistry Get a marine biology degree Find out how … Continue reading

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Alibaba’s Alizila is PR. Be proud!

I just read a post from Forbes’ Hana Alberts on Alizila, a homegrown company news site for the Alibaba Group. Alibaba has hired an experienced journalist, Time Magazine veteran Jim Erickson, to develop the articles for the site: Erickson isn’t “selling out” … Continue reading

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More on visualizations, accuracy and perception

It’s symptomatic of something that most of the regular comments to this blog now seem to come to the version that syndicates on my Facebook page. I mention this because in response to yesterday’s post on the worthy Chinfographics blog, … Continue reading

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