When sent to cover possibly the driest, most pre-scripted nightmare of a political session in the world, what role does the Chinese reporter play? Coverage on the sessions is pre-drafted for mass consumption already, and unless they’re looking to capture flashy minority outfits or an assemblage of hard-faced old men, there’s not much else to see. So instead, young, ambitious journalists descend on the sessions in a mass of frenzied star-chasing (追星, Zhuīxīng). CPPCC members attract the lion’s share of attention, as the larger legislative body pulls people from every industry including entertainment, sports, and music. Above you’ll find a taste of the stars of the show this year so far (captions translated from Netease, for the most part.)
Also check out this WSJ video covering media at the sessions. They focus a bit more on the political stars of the show (which is, of course, the whole point of the show in the first place) who are equally dogged by media (video after the jump):
(Photos from Netease.)
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