NYT’s Beijing conrespondent Elisabeth Rosenthal gave a talk in Yale about doing journalism in China. This aritcle on Yale Daily News quoted her saying “Recently, people in China have become much more open, especially in AIDS-afflicted villages in which an increasing number of people want journalists to use their names and pictures.”
“There is a tremendous sense of openness and entitlement that is pulling the country forward and the government with it,” Rosenthal said. “[Chinese citizens] are not going to lie down and let their rights be trampled on.”
“Some of our greatest stories come from when [Chinese] writers say, ‘I can’t write this, but you can,'” she said.
Rosenthal also said the role of journalists in China is changing for the better.
“The country has really evolved,” Rosenthal said. “This place has really changed in wonderful ways. — The groundwork there has room for a great media.”