"They want pensions, not Pulitzers." Self-criticism at China Radio International.

Posted: 03 Feb 2013   Print   Send a link
Poynter, 23 Jan 2013, Thomas Rippe: "The first time I got in trouble at China Radio International was for saying it’s OK to drive over the speed limit as long as that’s the speed of traffic. ... [M]y producer informed me we would all have to stay late that day for a 'sound check.' She told me this involved listening to a segment of the show and then discussing what worked and what didn’t. This sort of made sense because unlike radio stations elsewhere, staff at CRI generally don’t listen to the radio. Aside from my co-host, the sound tech, and myself, most of my coworkers would be hearing the segment in question for the first time. I was one of the last to enter the room, and as I strolled in I asked my producer what we’d be listening to. 'You,' she said. They saved a single chair in the corner of the room opposite the door. That was for me. Everyone else was arranged in a semi-circle around me. ... The people who work for government media in China are not journalists, and the vast majority aren’t dedicated propagandists. They’re actually a lot like the people who work for the government in other parts of the world. They have all the drive and passion for their work that the people at your local DMV have. They want a steady paycheck and decent benefits without fear of a layoff – China’s 'Iron Rice Bowl.' They want pensions, not Pulitzers."

Bernama, 31 Jan 2013: "Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) and China Radio International (CRI) today presented merit awards to 110 of their news writers, including prizes for the top 10 best news items broadcast by them. The awards presentation marked the climax of a two-way collaboration between CRI and RTM where they had shared expertise, information, news, documentaries and personnel to sharpen their profesionalism [sic] in the broadcasting industry."

Xinhua, 26 Jan 2013: "Nepal and China on Friday stressed the need for promoting the Chinese language in Nepal for bilateral tourism prosperity. In a discussion program organized by the Nepal China Language & Cultural Exchange Academy and China Radio International (CRI) Confucius Classroom Nepal, at Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu Friday, the two sides agreed to narrow down the linguistic differences between the two neighbors."