Pengpai or “The Paper”: The new website that has china buzzing

The Paper has tens of millions of dollars in funding, and everyone in journalism is talking about it. But no one seems pleased. Much of the discussion surrounding the new venture has involved trying to classify it, a hybrid with a clean new-media style gloss but, some argue, a conservative and self-censoring core. “The Paper doesn’t appear to signal the imminent breaking of these shackles [of working in journalism in China]. But it does look like a news site trying to find the sweet spot where public service journalism converges with party objectives,” writes Alexa Oleson.

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