PNN is a one of a kind portal on the internet today. It addresses a gaping lacuna in understanding current day China by offering vital news and inputs from China’s under-reported regions, bringing to attention the unconsidered aspects of the country. There is much that is never revealed by the average news reporting agencies, which unfortunately means that our picture of China is like a jigsaw puzzle with many missing pieces. We believe that these news inputs must be considered in tandem with national level news for a truly comprehensive view of China, especially for the purpose of analysis. This grassroots level information makes it possible to discern, and bridge the gap, between the China as is internationally perceived –with fear, awe, suspicion and perhaps even disdain - and the China that comprises of is its unseen citizens. Despite China’s regressive/oppressive policies towards its citizens, the fact of the matter is that the average Chinese citizen today has more opportunity at his disposal than most of his counterparts in Asia. Despite the government’s paranoid restriction on freedom for its people, it is the Chinese citizen that is the dynamic force shaping the country, driving the economic boom and pushing the barriers on empowerment. Armed with micro insight into this enigmatic country you may just be surprised to find yourself reassessing some of your opinions and perceptions of the Chinese state and its people. Apart from provincial news, PNN offers Chinese national news.
The Provincial News Network Project
The Provincial News Network is a news collection and dissemination network focusing on news from under-reported regions and locations. PNN also specialises in gathering news from areas that are deficient in terms of media freedom and those which lack a vibrant reporting / journalistic tradition. Some of these regions are usually not in the glare of mainstream media due to geographic inaccessibility or are inaccessible due procedural and policy issues. These “difficult” spots could be described as places which are typically prone to having a predominantly state controlled media with curbs on free reporting. Given the state of media and internet restrictions in China getting access to indigenous independent thought and opinion is not an easy task. PNN is a powerful tool to help us better understand contemporary China and the powerful dynamics that are shaping it.
Scope and potential of the PNN Project
Provincial News Network [PNN] reports on news and events from every province in China, right down to the township level of administrative sub divisions. As such PNN is designed around the smaller administrative subdivisions that make up The People’s Republic of China (PRC). This site structure helps map news and events most effectively. To use PNN efficiently it is important to understand the administrative structure of the PRC. The provincial level divisions are as follows:
Currently PNN gathers news from all the thirty three (33) Provincial Level Divisions and from the capital cites of all 22 Provinces and 5 Autonomous Regions. As part of the constantly expanding network, we plan to cover all towns and cities with a population of above 1 million. In addition PNN has already started coverage on the following cities: