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Foreign correspondents: a case study of China in the digital and globalization age

Zhang, Shixin Ivy; Zhang, Xiaoling


Shixin Ivy Zhang

Xiaoling Zhang


While Western foreign correspondence is retreating, Chinese central media and correspondents, resourced by the government’s financial backing for media’s role in public diplomacy, are taking the opportunities to expand overseas bureaus, hire experienced local employees, enhance the quantity and quality of international news reporting, use digital technologies in newsgathering and dissemination, and receive Western-style trainings. Against this backdrop, this paper studies the identities, media cultures, and journalistic practices of Chinese foreign correspondents, as well as the international news output, and media–audience and media–foreign policy relationships. In doing so, we propose a new six-level theoretical model: (1) journalists’ identities; (2) cultures; (3) practices; (4) news output; (5) news dissemination, reception, and audiences’ interactions; and (6) the impacts of international news coverage. Based on semi-structured interviews with Chinese resident journalists over eight years, we argue that the media–audience and media–foreign policy relationships in China have become more interactive, dynamic, and complex.


Zhang, S. I., & Zhang, X. (in press). Foreign correspondents: a case study of China in the digital and globalization age. Journalism Studies,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 9, 2017
Online Publication Date Apr 4, 2017
Deposit Date May 8, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 5, 2018
Journal Journalism Studies
Print ISSN 1461-670X
Electronic ISSN 1469-9699
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Audience, China, Foreign correspondents, Foreign policy, Identity, Journalistic practice, Media culture
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journalism Studies on 04/04/2017, available online:
Contract Date May 8, 2017


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