Zhao Yan

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Q&A: How to cope with perils of being a Chinese news assistant for foreign media

August 11, 2015 5:24 PM ET

News assistants, or zhongmi (which literally means "Chinese secretaries"), are Chinese citizens working for foreign journalists in China. They play a number of roles including monitoring news leads, conducting research, translating materials, and arranging interviews, as well as acting as...

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News assistants in China: an invisible, important group

April 21, 2011 4:12 PM ET

Among the first concerns a journalist may have on coming to China as a foreign correspondent is how to communicate with the Chinese people, the majority of whom do not speak a word of English. Finding a "news assistant"...

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China's state secrets law leaves journalists exposed

May 5, 2010 5:50 PM ET

The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress adopted a revised state secrets law on April 29. The changes, which take effect October 1, put greater onus on media and telecommunications companies to defend state secrets and cooperate with authorities...

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