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A reporter should just worry about the truth

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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--095176 2012年3月27日 (二) 22:18 (UTC)


A reporter should just worry about the truth [Good summary]



China has always been considered as a closed country practicing blocking of news. However, Thomson Reuters China has made a breach by careful handling of news, “You have to be very careful when handling China news because you won’t know when your articles would irritate the Chinese government,” said David Schlesinger, the Chairman of Thomson Reuters China, when attending the seminar of the Hong Kong Shue Yan University this afternoon.


David has been chasing news in China for over 20 years. Facing a lot of challenges, he said it is very difficult to do reporting in China, “You never know when your articles would irritate the Chinese government,” he said. [You should not repeat quotes, unless you are doing somehting new with them. This repetition just feels like you are trying to take up space, instead of developing an argument]


David has several rules when reporting China news, “First, you have to be absolutely sure about your reporting. Accuracy is very important in this kind of reporting because every mistake can possibly land you in jail,” he said.


The second rule is being fair and unbiased. David said a bias reporting can affect the readers on how they perceive the whole issue. The Chinese government may concern a lot about that [How is the Chinese government concerned?].


The last rule is to understand and protect your sources, “Sources are one of the most important elements in China reporting because information is difficult to obtain officially, and a reliable source would be the core of the construction of a story. Therefore, it is the reporter’s responsibility to protect sources,” he continued. [Good point, and well explained]


Some reporters are afraid of being bitten up so they often deal properly with the government and promise not to report sensitive news. David said it is not what reporters should do.


“Don’t avoid reporting sensitive issues. As long as you are very true to tell the fact, you should not be afraid of the consequences,” he said. He added that every act has its consequence; but the truth would not bring a serious consequence.


Reuters does not always please the Chinese government. It had written stories that were warned by the Chinese government. One of the website blog of Thomson Reuters China was blocked and could not be viewed in China afterward.

[Grade: B]

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