Producer 1990 Institute 
Overview In our interconnected world, the significance of information flow and ethical journalism is paramount in influencing the way the public perceives the news. In recent years, and especially at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, at times some media outlets have portrayed China as an exaggerated threat to the welfare and way of life for U.S. residents. These anti-China narratives have not only exacerbated U.S.-China tensions but yielded a sharp rise of anti-Asian American racism and violence that continues today.

The panel spoke to their firsthand experiences of their careers as journalists to highlight some of the complexities of news reporting in the context of U.S.-China relations:

– Kaiser Kuo, The China Project
– Amy Qin, The New York Times
– Bochen Han, South China Morning Post

This Workshop supports K-12 educators and their students with insights on how to evaluate reports and headlines, including identifying sources and exploring moral standards and principles that American and Chinese journalists follow in their reporting. Participants came away with practical tools and resources to support their students’ learning on media literacy, cross-cultural understanding, and responsible news consumption and dissemination. This workshop is designed with middle and high school educators in mind, but relevant to all interested.

Publish Date November 15, 2023
Video Accidental Conflict: America, China, and the Clash of False Narratives (34:15), December 19, 2022, National Committee on United States-China Relations

Chinese-American podcaster talks about Western media’s anti-China bias (10:31), October 19, 2021, CGTN

Mary Kay Magistad: “Life as a Foreign Correspondent in China” (33:50), September 1, 2016, 1990 Institute 

Open-Source Intelligence in Crisis: Navigating China’s Restrictions Webinar, September 20, 2023, The China Project

Read Beijing’s global media influence machine — Q&A with Sarah Cook, by Jeremy Goldkorn, December 16, 2022, The China Project 

China and Russia are joining forces to spread disinformation, by David Bandurski, March 11, 2022, Brookings

The ‘Everything App’ for China’s Journalists, July 4, 2023, China Media Project

Studying the narrative of US policy towards China: introducing China-related political texts in Congress, by Yiwen Zhang & Fan Wang, July 19, 2023, Nature

The American News Media’s Volatile Perspectives on China, by Ted Galen Carpenter, Fall 2020, CATO Institute

International media coverage of China: Chinese perceptions and the challenges for foreign journalists, by Duncan Hewitt, 2011, University of Oxford

How US and Chinese Media Cover the US–China Trade Conflict: A Case Study of War and Peace Journalism Practice and the Foreign Policy Equilibrium Hypothesis, Louisa Ha, Yang Yang, Rik Ray, Frankline Matanji, Peiqin Chen, Ke Guo, and Nan Lyu, July 7, 2020, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research

Media Bias in China, Bei Qin, David Strombergy, and Yanhui Wuz, November 2016

Xinhua Commentary: Western media bias against China deplorable, dangerous, October 2, 2021, Xinhua

Comparative Study of Chinese and American Media Reports on the COVID-19 and Expressions of Social Responsibility: A Critical Discourse Analysis, Yanni Zhang, Naveed Akhtar, Qamar Farooq, Yiwei Yuan, and Irfan Ullah Khan, September 9, 2021, Journal of Psycholinguistic Research

Kuora: The bias inherent in American media portrayals of China, by Kaiser Kuo, March 12, 2018, The China Project

The American Public Views the Spread of Misinformation as a Major Problem, 2021, The Associated Press – NORC Center for Public Affairs Research

The Administration’s Approach to the People’s Republic of China, May 26, 2022, speech by Anthony J. Blinken, U.S. Department of State

Norms of Professional Ethics for Chinese Journalists, Dec 15, 2019, China Law Translate 

Beijing’s Global Media Influence 2022, Freedom House

China’s new regulations on ‘self media’ further stifling creativity, by Elizabeth Law, July 16, 2023, The Straits Times

The China Dissent Monitor: Freedom House’s database and research tool tracks the frequency and diversity of dissent in China

Visual investigative journalism about China — Q&A with Muyi Xiao, by Jeremy Goldkorn, April 7, 2023, The China Project

Guide to Covering Asian Pacific America, November 30, 2020, Asian American Journalist Association

Beijing’s Global Megaphone, by Sarah Cook, 2020, Freedom House

China’s “Mainstream”, Oct 8, 2019, China Media Project

For Junior Reporters The China Media Bulletin is a monthly email newsletter that provides unique insight on censorship, media freedom, and internet freedom issues related to the People’s Republic of China, drawing on both English and Chinese-language sources.

Teen Fact-Checking Network (TFCN) by The Poynter Institute for Media Studies: fact-checks for teenagers, by teenagers. TFCN fact-checks are unique in that they debunk misinformation and teach the audience media literacy skills so they can fact-check on their own.

How to Spot Misinformation Online by Poynter Institute: In this online course from MediaWise for Seniors, you will learn simple digital literacy skills to outsmart algorithms, detect falsehoods and make decisions based on factual information.

The Open Notebook’s Science Journalism Master Classes (free) will help you sharpen your ability to find and vet story ideas, craft effective pitches, report and write impactful stories, spot scientific hype, collaborate with editors, and more. Each course drills into one skill or habit, presented in a series of five to eight lessons, delivered by email.

General Background on Responsible News Literacy News Literacy & Alternative Facts: How to Be a Responsible Information Consumer, February 2017, University of Rhode Island

#YALIchecks: What’s Your Role as a Media Consumer?, by HUSKEYJ, April 9, 2019, Young African Leaders Initiative

10 Ways To Use Social Media More Responsibly, October 14, 2020, Cuker

How To be a Critical Consumer of Media, Oct 3, 2017, by Jason Loviglio, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Additional Resources AAJA Reissues Guidance on Covering Violence in Asian American Communities Following Mass Shooting in Allen, Texas, by Yi-Shen Loo, May 9, 2023, Asian American Journalist Association

China unveils ESG reporting guidelines to catch peers, by Sheryl Tian Tong Lee, August 16, 2022, Bloomberg News

Guidelines on Reporting on China, March 16, 2022, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)

Foreign correspondents have been instrumental in telling the story of how China has changed since World War II. So, we turned the microphone on them., Mary Kay Magistad, November 7 2023, China Books Podcast


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