Going live : News innovations amid constraints in the Chinese coverage of the Iraq War

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450-466
Journal / PublicationJournalism
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2012


This article uses structuration and cultural production theories to analyze innovations in news-making practices during the 2003 coverage of the first major phase of the Iraq War at the English Service of China's state broadcaster, CCTV International (renamed CCTV News in 2010). It examines forces leading to the changes and their impact on news routine and news content, finding that innovation, the introduction of live studio interviews, accompanied by various uncertainty reduction measures, creates room for more diversity of opinions. The special position of CCTV International in China's media system allowed greater media experiment to be made possible, as newsmakers adopted ways to contend the boundary of official discourse. The study also shows that changes in news routine have been maintained over time. © 2011 The Author(s).

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  • balanced reporting, center vs. periphery, Chinese media, Iraq War, journalistic routine, live television, organizational change