BEIJING — The English version of a report on the future of journalism in China was released on April 7, highlighting new media.
Issued by the All-China Journalists Association (ACJA), the Chinese journalism development report was released in Chinese at the end of 2014.
The English version, available in full at www.zgjx.cn, will help “the international community, especially the overseas press” acquire a detailed and accurate understanding of the Chinese press, the ACJA said in a statement accompanying the report.
News organizations on the Chinese mainland employ approximately one million people. Over 250,000 of them hold official certification as journalists, 55.9 percent of whom are male.
“The environment for journalism development is becoming more and more open,” the report says, claiming that foreign journalists now find their work in China easier to execute and more rewarding.
As technology has improved, new media has become an important part of Chinese journalism.
Among all apps in China, news apps make up about 80 percent with a readership of over 500 million. Popular websites such as xinhuanet.com, people.com.cn, sina.com.cn and sohu.com post over 10,000 items of news each day. Postings of these websites are viewed over 100 million times every day generally and more than one billion page views per day is not unprecedented.
As for traditional media, China remains a large producer of newspapers. There are a total of 1,915 newspapers on the mainland with a print run of 48.2 billion copies and sales revenue of 44 billion yuan ($7.13 billion) in 2013. China’s daily newspaper business has topped the world for years, and China retains the largest newspaper circulation in the world. The People’s Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China, had an average daily circulation of 3.14 million in 2013.
Over the past few years, authorities have regulated journalistic practice and promoted higher journalistic standards by setting up ethical committees.
In response to strong public concern, a campaign launched in March 2014 took blackmail and false reporting as its central themes. As a result, a number of companies and news workers were investigated and publicly sanctioned.