How to build a successful career as a journalist in China
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The United States and China are already seeing the beginnings of a budding journalist-investment boom in the country.
From hiring young people from China to writing for a local newspaper to teaching English in Beijing, a growing number of American journalists are finding themselves on the front lines of the race to break into the profession.
One of those reporters, who goes by the name The New Yorker, said he is now on the forefront of recruiting young Chinese journalists from China for jobs as journalists, though he said he hasn’t decided whether to take any more time off from teaching.
“I don’t think I can do that anymore, so I’m trying to figure out where I fit into this whole [Chinese]-American relationship,” he said.
As China’s economic growth slows and the government is cracking down on media, The New Yorker has also become a frequent source of information for Chinese news outlets, which have relied on it to help them run their coverage.
“They are always saying that I have a better relationship with the Chinese government than I do with any other reporter in the U.S.,” said New Yorker journalist Peter Zhang.
“But I can tell you, in the past, they have been more than accommodating.”
The Chinese government has not only closed down several newspapers and magazines over their coverage of political corruption, human rights abuses, and alleged human rights violations, but also has banned many American journalists from entering the country for fear of reprisal.
The Chinese government is reportedly cracking down harder on foreign media outlets that it deems anti-national, and in April the country banned American television network CNN for its coverage of protests in China.
While many American reporters have moved to China, many are leaving their homes and communities in search of a better life.
For Zhang, it’s not just the pay, but the other benefits that he is looking for.
A U.K.-based Chinese-American who worked for The New York Times, Zhang said he has heard that American journalists who leave China may not receive the same pay as Chinese journalists.
However, he said that many Chinese people are already employed by other media organizations in the United States, and are often able to make ends meet.
He said he’s also noticed that Chinese media outlets have a much higher profile than American outlets.
“There’s no reason to leave China,” he explained.
China is not an easy place to be a journalist.”
According to Zhang, there are many reasons why he’s staying, including the fact that he’s not a threat to the Communist Party, and he feels that he has the best chance of landing a job in China, even though he may not be able to speak Mandarin.
Zhang is a native of China who studied journalism at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is the author of the forthcoming book The China Report: How a Global Power Is Reforming America’s Inner China.
He said that while there are challenges in China right now, he believes that they’re just the beginning of a bigger battle to reform China.
“China’s economy is rapidly improving,” Zhang said.
“So I think the question is, what’s going to happen when we do have more jobs in China?
We’re going to see more opportunities for Chinese people to earn money.”
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The United States and China are already seeing the beginnings of a budding journalist-investment boom in the country.From hiring young…