Status: Approved

Project Code: L-STATE-USA-EAP-66

Monitoring Key Chinese Social and Other Media Outlets

Project Title Monitoring Key Chinese Social and Other Media Outlets
Project Summary The the China/Mongolia (EAP/CM) office seeks a virtual student intern to assist with tracking U.S.-related Chinese government messages on Twitter, Facebook, and other social and traditional media outlets, as well as to help devise a system for tracking messaging tracking messaging trends.
Country United States
Agency Department of State
DoS Office EAP/CM
Post N/A
Section N/A
Number of Interns 1
Project Description

The newly formed unit of Strategic Communication within the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs is responsible for engaging in public diplomacy designed to counter inaccurate and misleading Chinese messaging. The unit seeks to increase access to Chinese society and strengthen reciprocity in the bilateral relationship with China, specially focusing on academic, diplomatic and press related issues. The unit seeks to better understand and respond to shifts in official Chinese messaging related to the U.S. by examining a broad range of sources that span the spectrum of tone, audience, and topics.

This position will be responsible for monitoring Chinese social media, as well as traditional Chinese media outlets, providing related analysis on current trends, and disseminating this information to D.C. policy makers.

The student would be responsible for helping to compile a daily brief that includes a summary of the most relevant and important messages from official Chinese government and Chinese Communist Party sources. This would include, but not be limited to, Twitter, Facebook, the People’s Daily, and the Global Times. The student would also combine their findings with relevant media summaries provided by press offices in U.S. Embassies and consulates as needed. Monitored media outlets include both English and Chinese language sources, but are primarily focused on English language posts and publications, as unit interest is U.S.-related Chinese messaging that is intended for a foreign audience. The student also would be responsible for helping the unit design a system for tracking emerging trends in Chinese government messaging regarding the United States and other key topics. The student would have the opportunity, on a limited basis, to draft messaging documents (statements, press guidance, speeches) in coordination with colleagues in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs.

A critical part of the position is expanding the range of sources monitored by the unit, to help policy makers in Washington fully understand the public diplomacy strategies employed by Chinese state and Communist party actors. A knowledge of Chinese social media, Chinese government structure, Chinese domestic politics, U.S. foreign policy, and State Department organization would be useful.

Mandarin Chinese reading skills are desired, but not required, for this position.

Required Skills or Interests
Analytical writing
Data analysis
Editing and proofreading
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