Mystery, Mayhem and the Media: The Challenges of Covering China


The 2012 Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia

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Please join Norman Pearlstine, Chief Content Officer at Bloomberg LP, and members of the "Oz Prize" jury to celebrate this year's winner of the Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia, Fast Company magazine's April Rabkin. Ms. Rabkin, the publication's Beijing-based correspondent, won the $10,000 award for a three-part series that illuminates the giddy pace of change in Chinese society. In "The Socialist Networks," she examined the unique role of social networking in China. In "Follow the Billionaire," she profiled recycling tycoon Chen Guangbiao and his efforts to transform Chinese philanthropy. Her third story, "The People's Education Army," detailed the lives of a group of elite Beijing high school students.

China, home to the world's second-largest national economy, faces a pivotal leadership change this year just as disgraced Communist Party official Bo Xilai and his wife Gu Kailai grab headlines across the globe. How does the international media strike the right balance between economic development and the darker side of a society undergoing massive change? For answers, we'll turn to a panel including Ms. Rabkin; Washington Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli, former China bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal; Carroll Bogert, a former China correspondent at Newsweek who is now Deputy Executive Director of Human Rights Watch and Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director, Asia Society Center on U.S.-China Relations.

Award finalists — reporters from the Washington Post, Thomson Reuters, Agence-France Press, Tehelka, and Newsweek/The Daily Beast — will also be honored at the ceremony.

6:00 pm: Doors open
6:30 pm: Remarks begin
Reception follows

The Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia, named for the legendary civic journalist and author, is awarded annually to a writer or team of writers who has produced the best example of journalism about Asia in print or online during the calendar year. For more information about the Oz prize, visit

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Mon 21 May 2012
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