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November 18, 2006


Michael Turton

If you are including Taiwan, Jen at London Calling found an instance of the local Taiwan media copying her: Taipei Times copies Jen?


Michael Turton

I think your survey does not cast a wide enough net. One of the interesting things I've noticed about being a blogger is that it confers a sort of credibility (with an asterisk). I've had several conversations where long experience in Taiwan, qualifications, and pubs, brought only yawns, but when I mentioned that my Taiwan blog was popular BOOM! interest piqued immediately. That credibility I have drawn on in contacts with the foreign media that are not directly blog-driven -- they didn't see something on my blog, but they did listen to what I had to say in a private phone call/email exchange. I've made it a practice now to write reporters directly when coverage is biased or erroneous, and have seen changes take place. In sum, the influence of blogs may not always be so direct as supplying stories, or being copied by the foreign media.


Xiao Zhu

The Sydney Morning Herald borrowed heavily and linked to my fiancee's blog (http://www.blognow.com.au/beijingsexyfish) for a post they wrote about Huang Jianxiang's World Cup outburst. Here is the link to a post that I wrote about how SMH used us as a source: http://www.blognow.com.au/chinamachete/23153/Us_-_a_proven_source_for_the_Sydney_Morning_Herald.html


hi rebecca, this is a great idea. i regularly see things and think to myself, 'i already read that on a blog somewhere, i wonder if this journo has got it from there.' i can't remember them all now, but a recent one that comes to mind is howard french in his story where he noted that a papua niuginin was mistakenly presented as an african on a billboard in beijing. i had already seen it on danwei.


don't know if this is the kind of thing you're looking for, but Jeremy Goldkorn was sought for a quote in this article:



Not so easy to open MSN live space here in China mainland. Do not know why. But do not think it owing to the censorship.

You write something quite far away from China. If you are intersted, pls visit our blog, the first personal blog written both in English and in Chinese at the same time.

mark II

I think this survey is next to worthless, sorry. It would have been really great if you had let the reporters name for themselves the blogs they read. By spoonfeeding them the blogs you yourself like you rob the responses of any meaning. Why include Imagethief, for example, and not Angry Chinese Blogger, which gets many times the traffic? This survey reflects your own interests and prejudices, rewards your own coterie and deprives us and you of learning which blogs the reporters themselves look to. I'm surprised and disappointed.

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