Drawing on the structural-constructivist framework of journalistic field and habitus, Reporting China on the Rise examines the internal and external dynamics which are shaping the work of foreign correspondents in China during Xi Jinping’s tenure.

This study presents findings from extensive surveys and interviews with current and former correspondents based in China. It aims to explore how they have responded, and continue to respond, to pressures from within the journalistic field (such as a transforming media industry), as well as from constant shifts in global geopolitics, and China’s increasingly restrictive journalistic environment. These factors are shown to work together to relationally define the news production practice of these correspondents and, ultimately, shape the final news product.

Journalism in modern China has become a widely discussed, yet gravely under-researched topic, both for policy-makers and academics. Reporting China on the Rise seeks to open up discussions around the role of the foreign press in generating meaningful media coverage of this growing superpower. It will be an invaluable resource for students and researchers of Journalism and Media Studies.

chapter 1|16 pages


chapter 2|23 pages

Confrontation and obedience

When foreign journalists meet Chinese media culture

chapter 3|25 pages

China or journalism

Habitus and types of China correspondents

chapter 4|17 pages

Organizational control and autonomy

Journalistic logic in the newsroom

chapter 5|17 pages

Reporting as a tribe

Journalistic logic in collective interpretation

chapter 6|20 pages

‘The anaconda in the chandelier’

China’s uncodified state coercion

chapter 7|8 pages


Reporting the unreportable China?