John Gittings

Foreign journalism in China, 1930s-2000
Peace writings
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Articles on Western reporting in China, from the anti-Japanese and civil war periods to my own experience in more recent times. These include research into Harold Timperley and Agnes Smedley, my distinguished and remote predecessors who reported for the Manchester Guardian. In essays on the most recent period, I look at problems of balance and presentation particularly during the Cultural Revolution and the cold war.

Agnes Smedley and the Manchester Guardian: how the radical US writer reported from behind Japanese lines for the MG.
"Looking at China",   Soundings (London), No. 30, 2005, pp. 98-110
"A Historical View of Western Reporting in China", China Media Research, 3(1), 2007, pp. 61-64.  [This is a shortened version of the article above, "Looking at China"]
"Reporting China since the 1960s", in Lionel Jensen & Timothy Weston eds., China in Transformation: the stories beyond the headlines, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006),  a personal account of 40 years spent writing about China; what we got right -- and what we got wrong.
"Reporting from Shanghai",  a brief account of foreign correspondents in Shanghai from the outset of the anti-Japanese war