The China Media Project is pleased to extend an invitation to our readers to attend a lecture on April 23 by Li Wenkai, a key figure in China’s newest generation of professional journalists and currently acting head of the editorial page of Southern Metropolis Daily. The title of Li’s talk will be: “The Joys and Misgivings of a Media Upstart: A young editorial writer’s observations on China’s media.”
“The Joys and Misgivings of a Media Upstart: A young editorial writer’s observations on China’s media”
SPEAKER: Li Wenkai, head of editorial page at Southern Metropolis Daily
Lecture will be conducted in putonghua.
When: April 23, 2008 (Wednesday), 5:30pm to 7pm
Where: Foundation Chamber, Eliot Hall, the University of Hong Kong
What are current affairs editorials and why are they necessary? How does one set about writing them? This question is not just for this or that newspaper, but for the whole of Chinese society. Li Wenkai’s journey from the halls of Peking University to the top spot at Southern Metropolis Daily’s editorial page was a short one with few turns. His fellow journalists chided him for rocketing straight to the top without paying his dues. How could someone with so little life experience be put in charge of current affairs editorials at a leading newspaper? But is Li Wenkai’s experience an accident of fate, or does it tell us more about the state of China’s media today?
About the speaker:
One of the key figures in China’s newest generation of professional journalists, Li Wenkai is currently assistant to the editor-in-chief and acting head of the editorial page of Southern Metropolis Daily. From 1994 to 2001 Li studied in the School of International Relations at Peking University, earning a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in French Studies. From 2001 to 2004, Li served as a reporter and editor at Southern Weekly.
THERE IS NO NEED TO RSVP FOR THIS LECTURE.
For further questions, please contact Rain Li at (852) 2219-4001