Location: Fordham Law School Building, Skadden Conference Center, 150 W 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023
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Tuesday, May 3 • 10:50am - 11:10am
The impact of the internet on newspapers in the developed world and in mainland China

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Over the last couple of years, the economic success story of the Chinese newspaper press has started to fade. In various forms, the new media have begun to erode the readership of many newspapers and to take an increasing share of advertising revenue. This pattern is familiar from many developed countries and this paper asks how far we can learn from their experiences to understand the current and future state of Chinese newspapers. It reviews the main features of the economic and journalistic impact of the development of the internet in the USA and other developed countries. It then considers how far the factors identified there are relevant in the Chinese context, in which the impact of politics on economic issues is much more significant than in the West (Lee, 2000). While some of the negative factors appear to be relevant, the different economic, social and political structures in China mean that the response to these changes is, and will continue to be, different from that in the developed world. In particular, the possibility of state support, which is ideologically very problematic in western countries, experiences no such obstacles in China. The paper traces some of the distinctive policies designed to support the transition to a digital world that the government has pursued in the past few years but also demonstrates how this renewed dependence upon government subsidy has been accompanied by the closure of some of the few spaces for critical journalism that were present in the preceding period.


Wang Dan

Hong Kong Baptist University

Wang Haiyan

Sun Yat-sen University

Lu Nan

Hong Kong Baptist University

Colin Stuart Sparks

Hong Kong Baptist University

Zhao Yanhua

Chinese Academy of Press and Publication

Huang Yu

Hong Kong Baptist University

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Steve Wildman

Michigan State University and University of Colorado
Steven S Wildman is a Senior Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center and a Visiting Scholar with the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program, both at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Prior academic positions include: 15 years as the J.H. Quello Chair of Telecommunication Studies... Read More →

Tuesday May 3, 2016 10:50am - 11:10am EDT
Room 402 Law School
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  • Session # A13

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