Piece Comment

Review of Corruption, Democracy, and Tabloids

This is an interesting piece about the growth pains of China's independent media. While eager to develop western-style democratic and independent journalism, China's political and cultural heritage has made the evolution of their news media somewhat problematic. One of the most interesting comments concerns why the Chinese media could/would not cover a story like the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

The piece does contain some music buttons and actualities from American broadcasting. These initially seem unnecessary, but they do help the piece flow well.

There are some novice's mistakes to the piece's production: uneven announcing, popping plosives, and uneven audio levels. However, this is not problematic enough to diminish the piece's use at stations. It would make a fine lead-in for a discussion about China, media/journalism in the emerging world, or east/west cultural differences.