Date(s) - Tuesday, November 11 2014
Crime Reporting in China… and the Digital Publishing Journey
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Venue: the Apartment
At age 22, Diana O’Brien left a small island community on Canada’s Pacific Coast and moved to Shanghai to work as a model. Twelve days later, she was stabbed in a stairwell on Zhaohua Lu. O’Brien’s Chinese modeling agent came under suspicion, but the Beijing Olympics were a month away, and the murder challenged China’s international image. Just a few days after the killing, police had charged a migrant worker with the crime.
What really happened that night? Pulitzer Prize finalist and Shanghai resident Mara Hvistendahl revisits the murder in the long form article And The City Swallowed Them — which hit #1 on the Kindle Singles bestseller list. She joins the FCC to discuss the challenges of reporting on crime in a country where criminal suspects have limited rights and court proceedings are often closed to the press. She’ll also talk about her experience launching the writer’s cooperative Deca and her journey into the digital publishing space.
Venue details: the Apartment
47 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu 3rd Floor
Tel: 6466 6565
Admission: FCC members 50 RMB; non-members 100 RMB
Admission includes two drinks.
About the speaker:
Mara Hvistendahl is a contributing editor and writer for Science magazine and a founding member of the writers’ cooperative Deca. A Shanghai resident, she has also written for Harper’s, The Atlantic, Scientific American, The New York Times, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Popular Science, Foreign Policy, and other publications. Her first book, Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men (2011), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Pulitzer Prize.
Bookings are closed for this event.