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 community journalism program at a university in Foshan in the southern province of Guangdong. His latest book, the revised fourth edition of “Community Journalism: Relentlessly Local,” was published last summer in Mandarin. This blog was written expressly for his photo and community journalism students back at UNC-Chapel Hill, with whom he Skyped a class last week.

Editor Li of Foshan tries to show Mr. Joke some Tai Chi moves. (Photo courtesy of Editor Li)
Editor Li of Foshan tries to show Mr. Joke some Tai Chi moves. (Photo courtesy of Editor Li)
At a Guangzhou open-air market a butcher prepares his wares. (Jock Lauterer photo)
At a Guangzhou open-air market a butcher prepares his wares. (Jock Lauterer photo)
The elderly Chinese make a point of staying fit. These winter swimmers impressed me, since I had on gloves when i shot this image in Beijing. (Jock lauterer photo)
The elderly Chinese make a point of staying fit. These winter swimmers impressed me, since I had on gloves when i shot this image in Beijing. (Jock lauterer photo)
Beijing traffic clogs the 4th Ring Road, contributing to the smog. (Jock Lauterer photo)
Beijing traffic clogs the 4th Ring Road, contributing to the smog. (Jock Lauterer photo)
Intricate rockwork in an ancient Chinese village. (Jock Lauterer photo)
Intricate rockwork in an ancient Chinese village. (Jock Lauterer photo)
In a friendly alley in old Wenzhou, a family enjoys each other's company. Here I definitely felt a sense of community. (Jock Lauterer photo)
In a friendly alley in old Wenzhou, a family enjoys each other’s company. Here I definitely felt a sense of community. (Jock Lauterer photo)
By the Pearl River in Guangzhou we are greeted by a water buffalo. (Jock Lauterer photo)
By the Pearl River in Guangzhou we are greeted by a water buffalo. (Jock Lauterer photo)
At mama Ying's for an authentic Wenzhou breakfast, I am greeted like family. While grandfather Ying Shao Xiong tends to little Ying Mohan, mama Ying cooks up a batch of egg rice noodles in a broth filled with tiny shrimp, clams, fried egg and fresh cilantro, onions and spinach from their garden. (Jock Lauterer photo)
At mama Ying’s for an authentic Wenzhou breakfast, I am greeted like family. While grandfather Ying Shao Xiong tends to little Ying Mohan, mama Ying cooks up a batch of egg rice noodles in a broth filled with tiny shrimp, clams, fried egg and fresh cilantro, onions and spinach from their garden. (Jock Lauterer photo)
Lunch at mama Ying's: they served homemade elderberry wine for lunch. Center is a reporter named "Fanny," who, at 24, fears she will be a "left-over woman." At far left is another reporter for the paper. (Jock Lauterer photo)
Lunch at mama Ying’s: they served homemade elderberry wine for lunch. Center is a reporter named “Fanny,” who, at 24, fears she will be a “left-over woman.” At far left is another reporter for the paper. (Jock Lauterer photo)
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