Chinese Journalist Bloggers (Part 2)

For his Friday 5, Adam Schokora of fifty 5 profiles prominent Chinese journalist bloggers who cover sports, arts & entertainment, business, society, as well as column writers. This is Part 2, which is also available in Chinese. Part 1, on Li Chengpeng (sports), Sha Minnong (stocks), Rose Luqiu (current affairs), Wang Xiaofeng (popular culture), and He Dong (entertainment) can be found here.

An excerpt from his “Society” section:

Chai Jing (柴静), a television journalist with CCTV’s News Investigation program, resumed blogging this year after a lengthy hiatus. Chai is conscious of the possibilities of her blog as an interactive platform, typically using videos of her programs as a prompt for readers to discuss the key issues at hand. She then responds to netizen questions. In two recent posts, she explained her view of the comments section and her moderation practices. Other posts address the practice of journalism in general, like a recent selection of excerpts from a Walter Cronkite book. Chai’s high profile, accentuated in the past month by her involvement in the exposé of shock therapy clinics for Internet addiction, means that she’s sometimes the target of nasty rumors. She recently had to fight back at online rumors that she had been arrested for accepting bribes in return for providing CCTV advertising spots to a Chongqing textile mill. Chai also occasionally contributes to Xiong Peiyun’s 21Pinglun (as in this anecdote about gentrification and cultural heritage). Wang Keqin (王克勤), a journalist with the China Economic Times (中国经济时报), has been called China’s chief anti-corruption journalist for exposing “the dark side of society.” Wang is unique in working up to a story to post on his blog, probably with the knowledge that the full version will not be published in print.

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