New Chinese community newspaper association proposed

May 23, 2016

Senior Lecturer Jock Lauterer of UNC-CH is teaching Community Journalism in China this May. His report from a groundbreaking seminar held in Chongqing on Saturday, May 21, follows. This is his fifth teaching/research trip to China.   Chinese media leaders … Continued

Teaching the next generation of Chinese journalists

May 19, 2016

  “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” Mark Twain It is hot. It is humid. The windows are open. There are no screens. The air does not move. An upright room air conditioner sits mute in the corner. … Continued

Return to The Don’t Worry Be Happy Hotel

May 18, 2016

I love this place. How could you not love a place called “The Don’t Worry Be Happy Hotel”? Upon returning yesterday, my third time since my first visit to Chongqing four years ago, I am greeted as returning royalty. “Aloooooh!” … Continued

Feeling right at home in old Beijing

May 17, 2016

    Beneath the spreading leaves of a bent old walnut tree nestles the modest, single-story “hutong” courtyard home of master chef Zhao Jin, 33; his jolly wife, Xiao Xiao; and their roly-poly golden retriever, Zai Zai. In a tiny … Continued

A new day at Glory City Station

May 14, 2016

In which UNC-CH Senior Lecturer Jock Lauterer returns to China for the fifth year to teach Community Journalism in the hopes that positive social change, community building and civic engagement might be affected by the growth of “relentlessly local” news … Continued

Back to China: Mr. Joke Rides Again

May 14, 2016

In which yr. fthfl.  svt. returns to China for the fifth year to teach about Community Journalism in the hopes that positive social change, community building and civic engagement might be affected by the growth of “relentlessly local” news outlets. … Continued

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