Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Journalism

Abstract

This article reviews the impact of digital technologies on Chinese newspapers. The diffusion of the smartphone has precipitated severe economic problems for the printed press. There have been falls in both readership and advertising revenues, which have had an effect on the structure of provincial-level press groups. The decline in economic viability has been felt most acutely by the commercially-oriented titles, while the more politically-oriented papers have led the way in finding new sources of funding. These sources tend to tie journalism more tightly to political and economic power, and lead to commercial goals replacing journalistic ones. This shifting balance of economic power has important consequences for the possibility of independent and critical journalism. The empirical material is specific to China, but it highlights more general theoretical questions as to the political economy of the media.

Keywords

China, Newspapers, Economics, Digital, Advertising, Circulation, Journalism

Publication Date

2-2019

Source Publication Title

Journal of Communication

Volume

69

Issue

1

Start Page

94

End Page

119

Publisher

Oxford University Press

DOI

10.1093/joc/jqy061

Link to Publisher's Edition

https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqy061

ISSN (print)

00219916

ISSN (electronic)

14602466

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