The Challenge of Covering a Fast-Changing China
A conversation with American Public Media senior correspondent Rob Schmitz and editor Angilee Shah.
A conversation with American Public Media senior correspondent Rob Schmitz and editor Angilee Shah at UCLA's Young Research Library on April 18, 2012.
About the discussion
How is China’s economy changing and how is this affecting its people and the world? What are the biggest obstacles and most exciting aspects of reporting on this increasingly important topic? These are the kinds of issues to be discussed in a conversation between journalist and editor Angilee Shah, and Rob Schmitz, American Public Media's Marketplace China correspondent, who along with covering a host of important stories, related to everything from labor rights to education to the rise of consumerism, played the key role in exposing the fabrications in Mike Daisey’s account of Foxconn factories on This American Life and then was featured in that show’s much discussed retraction episode.
About the participants:
Rob Schmitz is APM's Marketplace Shanghai Bureau Chief. He joined Marketplace in 2010. Prior to that, Schmitz was the Los Angeles bureau chief for KQED’s The California Report. He’s also worked as the Orange County reporter for KPCC, and as a reporter for MPR, covering rural Minnesota. Prior to his radio career, Schmitz lived and worked in China; first as a teacher in the Peace Corps, then as a freelance print and video journalist.
Angilee Shah has reported from across Asia, including China, Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, and was a South Asian Journalists Association Reporting Fellow in 2007/2008. Shah is the co-editor with historian Jeffrey Wasserstrom of of the forthcoming book Chinese Characters: Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing China.
About APM’s Marketplace:
American Public Media’s Marketplace reports on business, the economy and money as they affect people every day. The portfolio reaches 9.5 million listeners each week on more than 500 public radio stations through its award-winning news shows: Marketplace Morning Report; Marketplace; Marketplace Money; and Marketplace Tech Report. For more information on Marketplace, please visit marketplace.org.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012