China’s Internet Journalists Surpass Traditional Media

Douwei Times/Shanghai Morning Post, Posted: Jan 04, 2007

BEIJING – Internet journalism has surpassed traditional journalism as the most-popular media career in China, reports the Shanghai Morning Post. There are an estimated 3 million editors and writers working for Internet news sites, compared to 750,000 who work for traditional media, according to the report. Before 2000, websites preferred editors with computer science background, but as competition rose among Internet news sites and content became more important, writers with social science backgrounds became more popular. Traditional media in China has also merged with Internet news media in China, the report says. High level editors and writers who work for Internet news sites must also pass a national licensing exam.

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