Foreign reporters' aggressiveness and Chinese officials' openness at news conferences: Influences on foreign media coverage of the Chinese government

Di Zhang, Pamela J. Shoemaker

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Abstract

This study used content analysis to examine the relationships among Chinese officials' openness strategies at news conferences, foreign reporters' aggressiveness, and the valence of foreign media coverage of the Chinese government. Controlling for the time period and political sensitivity of the topics of news conferences, this study found that the foreign reporters' personal evaluations of Chinese officials were negatively associated with the media coverage valence and that Chinese officials' openness strategies were positively correlated with the media coverage valence and moderated the negative association between reporters' evaluations of officials and media coverage valence. Methodological implications are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-125
Number of pages20
JournalChinese Journal of Communication
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • China
  • aggressiveness
  • foreign correspondents
  • gatekeeping
  • media relations
  • news
  • openness
  • public relations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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