Understanding Nanjing City Image Communication in China’s National News Media: A Cultural Discourse Analysis Perspective


  • Yuan Zhou-min




Nanjing, City Image Communication, Discursive Construction, CDS, Media Discourse


City image communication is of high significance for city marketing and city competitiveness enhancement. The article explores the interaction between news discourse and Nanjing city image communication. Literature review: Most of studies focus on city architecture, tourism and landscapes and public security. However, less attention has been paid to the relations between discourse and city 

image communication. Research questions: 1. Who is speaking to communicate Nanjing city image?
2. What kind of image of Nanjing is communicated? 3. How or in what way is Nanjing city image
communicated? Methodology: The study adopts a fusion of the perspectives of constructivism and
cultural discourse studies (CDS) to account for Nanjing city image communication in political and cultural
contexts of contemporary China. Results: (1) the voices of ordinary professionals and citizens in the
news narration reflect the trend of diversity in discourse subjects;(2) Nanjing city image are constructed
from four aspects, governing style, economic development, environmental protection, history, culture
& education, with the negative topic of corruption, bribery and air/water pollution; (3) Nanjing city
image are communicated favorably by news stories of event profiles and general picture profiles, giving
us a portrait of Nanjing mostly by describing hot issues and introducing policies. Conclusions: The media
discourse of Nanjing city image is a reflection of social changes and realities, working as a catalyst to
shape people’s views toward Nanjing’s reality and to mold the practice of the communication. The
study contributes to city image communication by developing an interdisciplinary discursive framework
and provides Implications for city administrators and communicative strategists, professionals in city
marketing and professional communication theorist in constructing and communicating city image.


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Author Biography

Yuan Zhou-min

School of Foreign Studies
Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications
Nanjing, Jiangsu, China 210023



How to Cite

Zhou-min, Y. (2020). Understanding Nanjing City Image Communication in China’s National News Media: A Cultural Discourse Analysis Perspective. Sinología hispánica. China Studies Review, 10(1), 1–26. https://doi.org/10.18002/sin.v10i1.6310