Despite limitations, the media landscape can be shaped in important ways by people working behind the scenes. Stay tuned as we speak to practitioners, insiders and expert outsiders to understand the changing space.    

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Zhan Jiang

Nov 10, 2021 | Stella Chen
Back in July, Zhengzhou, the provincial capital of Henan, experienced record rainfall. The flooding that followed resulted in the death of more than 300 people. As dramatic scenes from Henan were shared across social media, coverage of the floods by the media became a controversial issue in China. While correspondents from the Los Angeles Times and Germany’s Deutsche Welle were surrounded and questioned by local residents, accused of biased coverage of the flood’s aftermath, some netizens asked whether Chinese domestic media had done an adequate job reporting the story. Last month, CMP’s Stella Chen reached out to Professor Zhan Jiang, an expert on Chinese media development, to reflect on Chinese media coverage of the flooding in Henan and other breaking stories, and to discuss more generally Chinese media developments over the past 30 years.

Hannah Bailey

Oct 26, 2021 | Kevin Schoenmakers
Attempts to “Tell China’s Story Well” often involve Western social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Though their real impact is unclear, accounts operated by the Chinese government and by Chinese state media outlets have millions of followers, providing a conduit for content that reflects the views and agendas of the Chinese Party-state. But China appears to also opt for less overt methods to try and shape global public opinion. Signs of inauthentic social media activity suspected to be Chinese influence efforts are increasingly common, says Hannah Bailey, a doctoral candidate at University of Oxford who researches Chinese state-sponsored digital disinformation and edits the Oxford Internet Institute’s China Information Operations Newsletter.

Wei Xing

Sep 30, 2021 | Fang Kecheng
The spread of false and misleading information has now become an issue of global urgency. But what is being done — and what not done — in China to deal with this challenge? In this interview, conducted in early August 2021, Fang Kecheng spoke with Wei Xing (魏星) about China Fact Check (有据), and about the current state of both fact-checking and mis/disinformation in China. A project focused on the fact-checking of Chinese-language information internationally, China Fact Check was established in August 2020. All members of the project work as volunteers. For the purposes of this interview, the Chinese term xūjiǎ xìnxī (虚假信息) has been rendered as “mis/disinformation” to refer generally to instances of false information irrespective of motives. Generally, “misinformation” refers to false information that spreads regardless of the intent to mislead, while “disinformation” refers to misinformation that is intentionally spread. When the term xūjiǎ xìnxī clearly refers to disinformation in this interview, we translate it accordingly.

Lu Hui

Jun 20, 2021 | Fang Kecheng
Lu Hui (陆晖) is the editor-in-chief of “All Now” (全现在), a youth-oriented information portal with a dedicated app and published also through a range of social media platforms in China, including WeChat. Lu Hui has had a varied career spanning both traditional and new media. He was previously the front page editor and main news editor at the 21st Century Business Herald, and director of the in-depth news department at Guangzhou’s Southern Metropolis Daily, both leading professional newspapers in the heyday of contemporary print journalism in China. He also served for a time as deputy editor-in-chief of the news magazine Vista (Vista看天下), as director of the information center at the news portal Phoenix Online (, and as head of video production at The Beijing News.