Mr. Joke’s China photo album

March 23, 2015

UNC-CH Senior Lecturer Jock Lauterer is back from his fourth trip to China in as many years, after documenting a whirlwind two-week teaching gig to four cities in China where he advised community newspaper start-ups and helped to launch a … Continued

I am not special — this is everyperson’s story

March 19, 2015

  You don’t really know someone until you’ve visited his or her childhood home. The pilgrimage to the place where Chen Kai was raised has left me sobered. And a little stunned by my own naivety. The meteoric rise of … Continued

In which teacher Zhu gets his day

March 17, 2015

    It will be nearly impossible to describe last night with Mr. Kong, the benevolent government publicity director of Liu Shi. It is he who came up with the idea to create the Liu Shi Today newspaper, and it … Continued

Old China, new China — never far apart

March 15, 2015

  The distance between old China and new China is as thin as one of one of Mama Ying’s almost porous, transparent crepes. Just around the corner from the Western style mall with Starbucks, KFC and Pizza Hut, you will … Continued

In which Mr. Joke becomes a panda

March 15, 2015

I have just come from an experience no self-respecting American journalist should ever have to endure: a command performance with the assigned topic of “The Role of Newspapers and the Government.” That would be a simple enough topic were I … Continued

All the Hu’s in Hu-ville

March 15, 2015

Suddenly outside the hotel, the street fills with pandemonium: fireworks blasting, drums beating, horns blaring, red flags waving — carried aloft by brightly-clad marchers, mostly elderly and carrying flags, spears, banners, lanterns — and most distinctly, shoulder-borne litters of sacred shrines, … Continued

In which a new community paper gets it right

March 11, 2015

THE BACK STORY Returning for his fourth time in as many years, UNC-CH Senior Lecturer Jock Lauterer is documenting a whirlwind two-week teaching gig to four cities in China where he will be advising community newspaper start-ups and helping to … Continued

On being taught by one’s students

March 11, 2015

THE BACK STORY Returning for his fourth time in as many years, UNC-CH Senior Lecturer Jock Lauterer is documenting a whirlwind two-week teaching gig to four cities in China where he will be advising community newspaper start-ups and helping to … Continued

Back to the Wall

March 9, 2015

Did I really bring a UNC basketball poster 9,000 miles just to have this photo made at the Great Wall of China? No, I did not. The poster is for “Frank” Liu, the 16-year-old son of my host, Prof. Chen … Continued

China: the elevator speech

March 6, 2015

THE BACK STORY Returning for his fourth time in as many years, UNC-CH Senior Lecturer Jock Lauterer is documenting a whirlwind two-week teaching gig to four cities in China where he will be advising community newspaper start-ups and helping to … Continued