Danwei Model Worker Award
Since Danwei.org began publishing in 2003, the number of informative, well-written websites about China has mushroomed. Most of these websites use blogging technology, but many of them are far more complex than a one-person online diary.
So the 2007 list of Danwei Model Workers does not restrict award recipients to blogs, but includes anything that may be called new media.
The Model Worker awards of 2005 are slightly different in tone and focus, as are this year's Chinese division Model Worker awards.
Recipients of the Model Worker awards are decided by Danwei editors. There is no democracy of any kind involved, but please use the comments section to note any website that you think should be here.
China news aggregators and translations from Chinese
The king of China bloggers, Roland Soong is a one man media powerhouse who updates ESWN almost every day with translations from a huge variety of Chinese language sources, together with perceptive, sometimes quirky commentary about politics and media in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Soong is a professional statistician. His day job involves elucidating or tearing apart competitors' analyses and survey reporting for a media buying agency, so he has the technical skills to destroy arguments based on the erroneous use of statistics.
ESWN stands for East South West North, the order that the Chinese use to list the cardinal points of the compass.
Global Voices China section
Global Voices translates and aggregates blogs from around the world, with the emphasis on developing countries. Global Voices co-founder Rebecca MacKinnon's interest in China has helped to make the China section of the site one of the most active, with frequent contributions by John Kennedy, Oiwan Lam and Frank Dai.
China Media Project
A project of Hong Kong University Journalism School, the China Media Project is an excellent source for viewpoints on Chinese media regulation and new media trends. Contributor David Bandurski translates influential opinion columns and offers insightful analysis of the regulatory landscape.
China Digital Times
Bloggers often call this website CDT. It's updated daily with summaries and links to stories about China in the Western media, and translations from the Chinese media. Jonathan Ansfield's Biganzi column focuses on media and media regulation in China. CDT is a project of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley; it's blocked in China.
Hong Kong based collaborative blog with an activist bent. Lots of China content with sporadic news from other parts of the world.
Blogs of China-based journalists
The Beijing correspondent for Britain's Daily Telegraph, Spencer is an amusing commentator on Chinese current affairs and what it is like covering them for a foreign newspaper. The comments sections attracts people who can spell and write adult English, which is rare amongst China blogs.
Tim Johnson is a journalist for McClatchy Newspapers. About half of this blog is devoted to stories currently in the Chinese news; the other half presents an interesting look behind the scenes at a reporter going about the business of being a China correspondent, from setting up interviews, to pulling together sources, to getting hauled in for a lecture from the authorities.
An engaging blog by Adam Minter, a writer whose twin focuses are Chinese Catholicism and the e-scrap trade.
The TIME China blog
The blog of five of Time's China correspondents. The comments section is often the scene of unpleasant spats between Yankee imperialists and angry Chinese youth.
Blog posts and short articles by the international news editor of Britain's Channel 4 TV station. Hilsum is currently posted in Beijing, which is part of the reason that Channel 4 has extensive China coverage.
Entertaining and informative look at the the guts of Xinhua News Agency by a blogger who works as an English polisher there.
Black and White Cat
Thoughtful commentary on China news and occasional revelations from the corridors of CCTV 9, the English language channel of the State broadcaster.
This blog of a Chinese news assistant at a major U.S. new magazine is about current events in China and life as a young reporter in Beijing.
The blog of a Dutch former foreign correspondent turned entrepreneur, China Herald has been a fixture China's English language blog scene since the early days. Quirky comments and lots of links to stories about media, media regulation and business.
Adventures in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta of an old school American journalist.
Blog of Chinese reporter for South China Morning Post. Often points out interesting articles in the Chinese media.
Me Old China
Occasional articles, opinion pieces and essays by China-based journalists who remain anonymous.
Access Asia Weekly Snarkfest
Access Asia is a research firm run by good writers with a specialization in consumer goods and the retail business. They also produce a hilarious, irreverent weekly newsletter that takes on everything from Potemkin eco-villages near Shanghai to Olympic Games hype to reviews of the worst business books about China. The newsletter is available on a link from the Access Asia homepage (no permalink), or you can subscribe to an email version of it by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advertising, marketing and PR
A very funny blog about public relations, communications, tech industry and life in China by an American PR professional who lives in Shanghai.
Subtitled 'The world filled with egos,' this blog is written by a Chinese advertising industry insider and presents regular updates on new ad campaigns and industry gossip. It's written mostly in English with some Chinese posts.
News from and analysis of the world of digital marketing and media from Kaiser Kuo and others at the ad agency Ogilvy's China offices.
Commentary on word of mouth and brands on the Chinese Internet, by the CEO of CIC Data, a company that analyzes and quantifies online chatter on behalf of multinational companies.
Law and intellectual property
China Law Blog
A blog about business law in China by Dan Harris, based in Seattle, and Steve Dickinson who lives in Shanghai. Both are experienced lawyers whose firm has significant amounts of work in China.
A blog that tracks news about intellectual property in China, including copyright, patent and trademark law and IPR enforcement.
Business, finance and technology
David Wolf is a very sharp consultant who works in the technology, media and telecom industries in China. His blog covers his areas of professional interest and, once in a while, some general China stuff.
Technology, markets, venture capital, gaming and the Internet in China: tersely worded commentary from a savvy American guy who knows his way around the markets.
China Web 2.0 Review
A Chinese view of the Internet business and Internet startups, China Web 2.0 Review is written by two Chinese guys who work in the industry, and presents clearly thought-out posts about new developments. A valuable resource for anyone interested in Internet innovation in China.
Managing the Dragon
Mr China by Tim Clissold is an entertaining book about China and business. The 'Mr China' of the title is a charismatic investment banker who first came here in 1992, was smitten, and then employed Clissold to help him lose a lot of money. Now, several years after the publication of the book, Mr China is apparently making boatloads of money, or so the business gossips say. Managing the Dragon is a group blog under his leadership.
Wine and booze industry
Grape Wall of China
Wine in China, wine industry gossip an other news from the world of booze. Brought to you by the same "somewhat young China hand on the local drinking scene" who writes the Beijing bar blog Beijing Boyce.
Environment and corporate social responsibiilty (CSR)
Environmental issues in China. Edited by Isabel Hilton, this blog has a distinguished editorial board, and features a completely-bilingual website - all articles are published in both Chinese and English, and reader comments are translated by the blogging team.
A new blog that is off to an energetic start covering corporate social responsibility and environmental issues in China.
China Car Times
A blog about the car business in China by a British guy who lives in Qingdao, and does consulting work in the auto business, export, sourcing and representation.
City and province blogs
Part of the Gothamist franchise, this group blog publishes Chinese media news, translations from the local media, and news about the Shanghai expat party scene. The editor of the Shanghai site is Dan Washburn.
Opposite End of China
Special blog about the Chinese wild west. Michael Manning in Korla, Xinjiang, offers up news and music videos you don't get on most other blogs.
News about Kunming and Yunnan.
Surviving Beijing since 1980
Blog by a Belgian guy who has lived in Beijing since 1980.
Blog by an eccentric Englishman who lives in Liuzhou, Guangxi province. Read all about fires and holes in south-western China.
Shanghai China Snippets
Life in Shanghai, links, media.
Paintings and art news from Shanghai.
A recently-launched project to blog current events in the great southern metropolis. Written in a voice that assumes you already know what's going on, it may seem impenetrable at first, but it's great fun once you get into it.
Personal, academic and history blogs
Jottings from the Granite Studio (mainland link)
"A Qing historian reads the newspaper...notes from a student of China and Chinese history" reads the self-description. Readable, historically-informed commentary on current and past events. The blogger also occasionally posts at the Peking Duck, one of the first English language blogs about China, now sadly rather neglected.
Posts on pop issues, Chinese news and media, Beijing stuff, and the PLA.
Black China Hand
Subtitled 'random gibberish from a brother on the road', the Black China Hand is a long-established, regularly updated blog that comments on life in Beijing and China news.
China Blog List
The master index of China-related blogs. Cool maps and search tools. Run by John of Sinosplice, a 'non political look at life in China' and one of the oldest existing blogs about China in English.
Chinalyst, run by FiLi of Filination, aggregates a huge number of China-related blogs. The site recently organized the 2007 China Blog Awards.
Hao Hao report
A Digg-like aggregator that covers China-related information. Doesn't have the critical mass yet to make the front page very interesting, but the submission queue can reveal lots of interesting material you might otherwise overlook.
One Chinese idiom a day, in simplified or traditional characters with pinyin and English translations.
Photographs of Chinese characters as used on signs, advertisements and elsewhere in the public view.
In the Footsteps of Joseph Rock
Occasionally-updated photoblog showing how eastern Tibet looked in the 1920s and how the same places and people look now. Based on the explorations of botanist Joseph Rock.
Mainstream Media Model Workers
The Financial Times' insistence on following the money trail, lack of interest in ideological arguments, and a bureau of power journalists make for unusual coherence in this paper's China coverage.
Other papers to watch: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and Washington Post, for long feature stories, and The Guardian for straight-up reporting and news that does not make its way into other papers. The South China Morning Post has an antedeluvian paywall that does not allow non-subscribers to see much more than a few phrases of each article, but has extensive China coverage.
The Danwei Model Worker badge is adapted from an old model worker pin issued by Wuxing County, Zhejiang. Founded in 1912 from the merger of three Qing Dyansty counties, Wuxing ceased to exist in 1981 when it was absorbed into Huzhou City. The image was taken from a thread on the Old Badges BBS (陈陈徽章论坛).