Follow the Huai River: Investigative environmental reporting with Chinese characters
Communication University of China Press
Place of Publication
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Arts and Humanities
This article explores the state of investigative environmental reporting in China. It does so by using case studies, which show two instances of investigative environmental reporting, carried out independently from each other at the same time along China's third largest river, the Huai River, One was a student project at Nanjing University, the other a study undertaken by three Zinhua journalists. The article concludes that investigative journalism is undertaken in China, although it can rarely be deemed independent of government. The case studies illustrate that environmental reporting is an area in which the central government enlists the media as a means of showing its commitment to rooting out problems by permitting "supervision by public opinion", which has been suggested as an alternative term for investigative journalism with Chines characters.