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Media at Work in China and India: Discovering and Dissecting

Jeffrey, Robin B.
Sen, Ronojoy

978 93 5150 300 2
List price(s):
49.95 USD
42.00 GBP

Publication date:
26 August 2015

Short description: 

Understand the complexities of media in India and China, and their similarities and differences.

Full description: 

Anyone who visits India or China will puzzle over their vast media systems. Though they exercise immense influence, the world knows very little about the media landscape in the two countries. The world's two most populous countries, comprising close to 40 per cent of the global population, have disputed boundaries and the legacy of the 1962 war. Mass media in both countries plays a pivotal role in domestic politics and is capable of telling provocative nationalist stories. This book helps readers to understand the complexities of media in India and China, and their similarities and differences. It introduces the two media systems, the people who work in them, the work they produce and the pressures that influence their work. It analyses how economic forces drives media, how newsrooms work and how governments in each country manage the coverage of disasters. Media at Work in China and India fosters greater reflection, curiosity and, perhaps, even wisdom, about fast-changing media in these 21st century powerhouses.

Table of contents: 

Preface Introduction: Media at Work-Four Sames and Three Differents - Robin Jeffrey and Ronojoy Sen I: STRUCTURES Development and Communication: The Evolution of Chinese Media - Li Yang Newspapers in India: Diversity, Ownership and Future - Robin Jeffrey India on Television: Owners, Politicians and Debate in a Democracy - Nalin Mehta China's Cultural War against the West - Ying Zhu II. REPORTERS Portrait of a Chinese Journalist - John Zhou Portrait of an Indian Journalist - Anshuman Tiwari Experience: Understanding and Reporting India - Tang Lu Media, Messaging and Misperceptions in India-China Relations: Reading the Tea Leaves - Ananth Krishnan III. PRACTICES China in the Times of India - Ronojoy Sen The View from an Indian Television Newsroom: What Makes Us Different? - Srinjoy Chowdhury Trying Hard to Be Soft: The Chinese State and India in CCTV News - Danny Geevarghesei The CCTV-Reuters Relationship - John Jirik Covering Commerce: How Indian Newspapers Treat Business, Economics and the China Story - Subhomoy Bhattacharjee IV. DISSECTIONS Media Control as Stability Maintenance: The Case of the Sichuan Earthquake - Ming Xia When Officials and Media Failed: The Response to the Uttarakhand Floods, 2013 - Anup Kumar Social Media: China and India Compared - Jonathan Benney, Nimmi Rangaswamy Shooting the Messengers - Simon Long Glossary Index


Robin Jeffrey taught for 25 years in the Politics programme at La Trobe University in Melbourne, worked twice at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra and has lived for 6 years in India between 1967 and 2015. He is a Visiting Research Professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. His most recent book, co-authored with Assa Doron of ANU, is The Great Indian Phone Book (2013), published in India as Cell Phone Nation . His current research is on garbage in India. He is the author of The Decline of Nair Dominance (1976), What's Happening to India? (1986), Politics Women and Well-being (1992) and India's Newspaper Revolution (2000). Ronojoy Sen has worked for over a decade (1997-2010) in leading Indian newspapers. He was last with the Times of India, New Delhi, where he was a Senior Assistant Editor for the editorial page. He has obtained a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago and read history at Presidency College, Kolkata. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, Washington, D.C., and the East-West Center, Washington, and Fellow of the International Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland. He is the author of Nation at Play: A History of Sport in India (2015) and Articles of Faith: Religion, Secularism, and the Indian Supreme Court (2010). He is the co-editor of Being Muslim in South Asia: Diversity and Daily Life (2014) and More Than Maoism: Politics, Policies and Insurgencies in South Asia (2012). He has contributed to edited volumes and published in several leading journals.



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