The Party Line (Hardcover)

By Young

John Wiley & Sons, 9780470828533, 256pp.

Publication Date: December 11, 2012

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The first in-depth, authoritative discussion of the role of thepress in China and the way the Chinese government uses the media toshape public opinion

China's 1.3 billion population may make the country the world'slargest, but the vast majority of Chinese share remarkably similarviews on these and a wide array of other issues, thanks to theunified message they get from tightly controlled state-run media.Official views are formed at the top in organizations like theXinhua News Agency and China Central Television and allowed totrickle down to regional and local media, giving the appearance ofmany voices with a single message that is reinforced at everylevel. As a result, the Chinese are remarkably like-minded on awide range of issues both domestic and foreign.

  • Takes readers beyond China's economic miracle to show how thenation's massive state-run media complex not only influences publicopinion but creates it
  • Explores an array of issues, from Tibet and Taiwan to theenvironment and US trade relations, as seen through the lens of theXinhua News Agency
  • Tells the story of the official Xinhua News Agency along withits history and reporting over the years, as the foundation fortelling the story

About the Author

Doug Young is an associate professor in the JournalismDepartment at China's Fudan University in Shanghai. He has workedin the media for nearly two decades, half of that in China, wherehe witnessed the massive changes that have taken place in thecountry since the earliest days of the reform era in the 1980s.Most recently, he worked for Reuters from 2000 to 2010 covering theChina story out of the agency's Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Taipeibureaus. Prior to relocating to China, he worked as a journalist inLos Angeles. A native of Washington, DC, he received his bachelor'sdegree in geology from Yale University and a master's degree inAsian studies from Columbia University. In addition to his currentroles as teacher and author, he is a closely followed commentatoron the latest Chinese business news and industry trends on hisblog,