The dichotomy of China Global Television Network’s news coverage

Fearon, T and Rodrigues, Usha 2018, The dichotomy of China Global Television Network’s news coverage, Pacific journalism review, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 119-136.

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Title The dichotomy of China Global Television Network’s news coverage
Author(s) Fearon, T
Rodrigues, UshaORCID iD for Rodrigues, Usha
Journal name Pacific journalism review
Volume number 24
Issue number 2
Article ID 8
Start page 119
End page 136
Total pages 18
Publisher Auckland University of Technology, School of Communication Studies, Pacific Media Centre
Place of publication New Zealand
Publication date 2018-12-21
ISSN 1023-9499
Keyword(s) Chinese Media
Disaster Communication
Comparative Communication Analysis
Framing Analysis
International Journalism
Summary Although much is made of the universalisation of ‘US-style’ journalism around the world and Chinese journalists’ shared professional values with counterparts in liberal-democratic countries (Zhang, 2009), the effect of these trends on journalism in China is yet to be fully explored. Using the 2015 Tianjin blasts as a case study, this article investigates China Global Television Network (CGTN) and CNN International’s coverage of the disaster. The empirical study finds that despite their overlapping news values, the two networks’ opposing ideological objectives contributed to different framings of the Tianjin blasts. Although CGTN, as a symbol of Chinese media’s presence on the world stage, has clearly travelled far from its past era of party-line journalism, it still hesitates to apportion responsibility on those in power. We argue that CGTN is increasingly torn by its dichotomous role as a credible media competing for audience attention at the world stage, and a vital government propaganda organ domestically.
Notes The paper has been accepted for publication since April 2018, but the publication has been delayed since the journal does not have online first publication option.
Language eng
Field of Research 200104 Media Studies
1903 Journalism and Professional Writing
1902 Film, Television and Digital Media
2001 Communication and Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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