Newspapers and News Outlets in China: What Options do People Have?

This extends on a question I recently answered on Quora, about alternative news in China. Included here is a huge list of news outlets, mostly in Chinese. For English versions, from within China and out, see the China news wall

All journalists in China must have a license, and in getting a license you must vow to uphold party values. Also, journalists are required to do a training session in party ideology. There are some recent new rules which are reviewed here at Xinhua 国家新闻出版广电总局:禁止记者和记者站未经本单位同意私自开展批评报道-新华网 . As for press freedoms, according to Reporters Sans Frontieres, they are ranked 176 out of 180 for press freedoms in the globe Reporters sans frontières.

There are many reasons for tight media control, not only politically motivated. Chinese have this bizarre love of gossip and easily get caught up in rumors and speculation which can have chaotic effects. Recently there was a clean up of online news sites (News programs shut down for running own reporting) that clamped down on re-posting of news from official sources and spreading gossip etc. Also, many people try to profit from spreading fake news, and even spreading fake news stories about competitors. It’s a complex society.

There is one news site that stands out to me which is 澎湃新闻-专注时政与思想-ThePaper.cn but in an interview, the editor is quite clear on the fact that even they must work within and be aligned with party values to survive. But at least, they do break a lot of stories that bring improvements to daily lives by exposing wrong doings.

Here is a list of traditional news outlets in China

National newspapers

Regional newspapers

Anhui

Beijing

Chongqing

Fujian

Gansu

Guangdong

Guangxi

Guizhou

Hainan

Hebei

  • Hebei Daily – CPC official paper
  • Hebei Youth Daily – tabloid covering Shijiazhuang, operated by Beijing Youth Daily
  • Shijiazhuang Daily – CPC official paper
  • Yanzhao Evening Post – tabloid covering Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei
  • Yanzhao Metropolis Daily – tabloid covering Hebei and sold in 11 cities around Hebei Province

Heilongjiang

Henan

Hubei

Hunan

Inner Mongolia

Jiangsu

Jiangxi

Jilin

Liaoning

Shaanxi

Shandong

Shanghai

Shanxi

Sichuan

Tianjin

Tibet

Xinjiang

Yunnan

Zhejiang

list collated from Wikipedia, China Daily and memory.