Digital journalism in China: Media convergence, the 'central kitchen' and the platformization of news

Jing Meng, Shixin Ivy Zhang

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A computational comparison study of Western and Chinese literature on journalism studies after 2010 shows that Chinese literature pays more attention to journalistic practices, norms and polices. Instead of ‘digital journalism’, ‘media convergence’ is a popular and widely used term in China that refers to the digital transformation of Chinese journalism. The transformation of legacy news media in China occurs at two levels: ideational, such as news values, norms, journalists’ roles and identity; and organizational, such as newsroom structure, routines and the news production process. Platforms have infiltrated our everyday life, resulting in what scholars refer to as the platformization of society. Platformization can be defined as ‘the penetration of economic, governmental, and infrastructural extensions of digital platforms into the web and app ecosystems’. In the past two decades, under increasing economic pressure, the news industry is experiencing journalism crises due to declining circulations and advertising revenues.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge companion to news and journalism
EditorsStuart Allan
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781003174790
ISBN (Print)9781032005850
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2022


  • Digital journalism
  • China

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (all)
  • Social Sciences (all)


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