Mystery, Mayhem and the Media: The Challenges of Covering China

| Published on April 26, 2012 at 1:46 am

The 2012 Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia

ASIA SOCIETY:Please join Norman Pearlstine, Chief Content Officer at Bloomberg, and members of the Oz Prize jury to celebrate this year’s winner of the Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia, Fast

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Company Magazine’s April Rabkin. Ms. Rabkin, the publication’s Beijing-based correspondent, won the $10,000 award for a three-part series that illuminates the giddy pace of change in Chinese society. In “The Socialist Networks,” she examined the unique role of social networking in China. In “Follow the Billionaire,” she profiled recycling tycoon Chen Guangbiao and his efforts to transform Chinese philanthropy. Her third story, “The People’s Education Army,” detailed the lives of a group of elite Beijing high school students.

China, home to the world’s second-largest national economy, faces a pivotal leadership change this year just as disgraced Communist Party official Bo Xilai and his wife Gu Kailai grab headlines across the globe. How does the international media strike the right balance between economic development and the darker side of a society undergoing massive change? For answers, we’ll turn to a panel including Ms. Rabkin; Washington Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli, a former Shanghai correspondent for the Wall Street Journal; and Carroll Bogert, a former Beijing bureau chief at Newsweek who is now associate director of Human Rights Watch.

Award finalists — reporters from the Washington Post, Thomson Reuters, Agence-France Press, Tehelka, and Newsweek/The Daily Beast — will also be honored at the ceremony.

6:00 pm: Doors open

6:30 pm: Program begins

8:00 pm: Reception

The Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia, named for the legendary civic journalist and author, is awarded annually to a writer or team of writers who has produced the best example of journalism about Asia in print or online during the calendar year. For more information about the Oz prize, visit AsiaSociety.org/ozprize.

Can’t make it to this program? Tune in to AsiaSociety.org/Live at 6:30 pm ET for a free live video webcast. Viewers are encouraged to submit questions to moderator@asiasociety.org.


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Mystery, Mayhem and the Media: The Challenges of Covering China

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