Critical Journalists and the State in China: The Case of Guarded Improvisation

Maria Repnikova, Postdoctoral Fellow, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

| CSCC Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett 345

This talk introduces the key findings from Dr. Repnikova’s book project on the relations between China’s critical journalists and the party-state in the past decade. It explains how critical journalists who investigate contentious issues manage to coexist with an authoritarian political system that appears to have little tolerance for dissent. The talk introduces the political objectives and negotiation tactics of China’s media professionals, as well as the party’s approach to and management of the media oversight mechanism. The research draws on one year of fieldwork in China and over 100 interviews with China’s leading investigative journalists, party officials in charge of media regulation, and top media and crisis management experts. The talk highlights the importance of contained interactive improvisation in upholding the collaborative ties between China’s journalists and officials.

Open to all. Lunch provided.