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James Pomfret bares honored pressure in Reuters

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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December 13, 2011 ROSANNA TANG

The name James Pomfret stood out in Reuters’ journalist blog, characterized by his precise wordings and his own news explanation. James Pomfret, a Reuters’ South China correspondent, specializes in money, political, and general news. With determination and a sense of mission, he said, “I am stubborn. I am a registered reporter, and therefore I should be respected.”


James grew up in Hong Kong and walked through a multi-cultural childhood, his personal boundary was pushed beyond Hong Kong. “Do not be nationalistic about a place. The best identity is to be a global citizen,” James said.


He said he was lucky to work at foreign institution Reuters in China. Using the foreign correspondent identity, he could enjoy certain press privileges in China. As the British and Canadian government would protest and challenge the Chinese government about press freedom, the Chinese officers usually treat James better than local reporters.


After covering a lot of news stories in China, meeting hundreds of Chinese journalists and reading though a lot of published news stories by Chinese journalists, James actually appreciates what Chinese reporters have been doing. “They always get amazing stories. Unfortunately, the Chinese government is too sensitive, and that leaves many good stories unpublished.” James said.


James got used to remind himself to be sensible when working in China. It is important to have a balanced story and stick to the truth. The only way to achieve a better version of the truth is never give up. With every endeavor he undertook, he walked a step closer to the truth. “Actually there was not much hinders for reporters when we kept trying.” James said.


“The Chinese government needs to understand human rights and the international stance. It’s time to live up to international obligations.” James advised. He admitted that China could be a potential savior of the world, as it has a great power and is gaining an increasing independence. Still, China should have the giant heart to receive different criticism.


“After entering Reuters, I am having many more grey hairs than before,” James said. He admitted that he is baring a lot more pressure in Reuters than in any other news agency. A giant responsibility is put on his shoulders. James said, “I need to write for the world.” That’s the reason why readers would keep seeing his updated Reuters’ news blog day by day.


[Dear teacher, i am trying to write a person feature article, so I omitted the elements of where the talk was and when the talk was held. I try to bring up his "foreign identity" to link the whole passage and to some of his viewpoints to the China government. I don't know if it's work right here. Please comment.]

[This article is fantastic. Having a person feature article is perfectly fine, and you have done a good job of it. The "foreign identity" link you mention works out great, and serves to tie the whole thing together. However, you still do need to mention when and where James spoke. It is important that your reader be able to fix a general sense of setting to the interview, especially if they later want to use your article as a reference when chronicling the interviewees career.]

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