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Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication

Investigative Journalism, Environmental Problems and Modernisation in China

Authors: Tong, J.

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This book examines how the news media in general, and investigative journalism in particular, interprets environmental problems and how those interpretations contribute to the shaping of a discourse of risk that can compete against the omnipresent and hegemonic discourse of modernisation in Chinese society.

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Jingrong Tong is Lecturer at the University of Leicester, UK, and author of Investigative Journalism in China: Journalism, Power, and Society.

Reviews

'The environmental disasters that have accompanied China's rapid economic growth are increasingly well known internationally, but the extent to which they are contested by investigative journalists and an emergent civil society are much less studied. Dr Tong has done us a great service in showing how resourceful and courageous reporters have managed to expose the links between corrupt local officials, corner-cutting Chinese entrepreneurs and profit-hungry multinational corporations that have led to many of the worst cases of environmental degradation. Although they have often operated in a space opened by the central government's desire to curb the pollution that threatens to make the very air of China unbreathable, Dr Tong mounts a persuasive case that these journalists have gone beyond simply criticizing the effects of the hectic dash for industrial development. She argues that they have been instrumental in developing a counter-hegemonic ideology of environmental responsibility that challenges the core of the party's current ideology. Her work will be of enormous value to all those interested in China, in the media, and in the global crisis of the environment.' - Colin Sparks, Hong Kong Baptist University

"An important and subtle account of one of the major paradoxes of our times: how can an authoritarian government, some of the world's worst polluters and environmental problems, and a strong tradition of environmental investigative journalism all exist within one nation? Jingrong Tong begins with an ode to lost landscapes, before revealing how an informed citizenry can invoke government accountability and intervention even at the most unlikely of times." - Libby Lester, University of Tasmania, Australia

"When an expert on investigative journalism writes a book about environmental reporting, the result commands wide attention. Dr. Jingrong Tong's new book shows that in the past two decades, environmental journalists in China have produced a risk discourse with an ambivalent relationship with the interests of the state and the market. Carefully researched and well argued, Tong's analysis of how environmental journalists negotiate their relations with the state, civil society, and online environmental crusaders is full of insights and provocation. This timely and engaging book makes important contributions to the fields of journalism and communication, environmental politics, and studies of contemporary China." - Guobin Yang, University of Pennsylvania, USA


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Tong, Jingrong

    Pages 1-17

  • Modernisation, Environmental Problems and Chinese Society

    Tong, Jingrong

    Pages 18-49

  • Twenty Years of Environmental Investigative Reporting: Agendas, Social Interests and Voices

    Tong, Jingrong

    Pages 50-82

  • The Discourse of Risk: Environmental Problems and Environmentalism in Chinese Press Investigative Reports

    Tong, Jingrong

    Pages 83-107

  • Environmental Investigative Journalists and Their Work

    Tong, Jingrong

    Pages 108-138

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Investigative Journalism, Environmental Problems and Modernisation in China
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-40667-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137406675
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-40666-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48802-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 204
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