Posted on 21 August 2006.
Foreign Newsprint and Blogging on Mainland China
Last week, The Vancouver Sun published an article featuring a Richmond-based Digital Newspaper company, NewspaperDirect Inc., which has just signed the first deal for foreign newsprint to be printed on Mainland China. Founder Easiprint Co. Ltd. in Beijing will print foreign newspapers for same-day delivery – a historical first for China.
Wency Leung, the writer of this piece, interviewed Robert Scales and Kris Krug, from Bryght, back in May, prior to their first trip to China. Having had met with political and prominent business figures in China, Rob spoke with Wency again last week, to give her a sense of what the blogosphere does in fact look like on the ground, and what his feelings are of the Chinese approach to the media in China.
Here is an excerpt from her article:
Robert Scales, president and CEO of Vancouver-based web development firm Raincity Studios, said he hasn’t seen any indication that foreign bloggers and online journalists will be restricted during the Beijing Olympics. The company is aiming to work with Chinese web hosts and other companies in preparation for the 2008 Games. On a trip to China in May, Scales said he posted blogs on his site from Beijing without any difficulty.
“It seems like China is really opening up for a coming-out party for the 2008 Olympics. I think they want to have good representation,” he said. He added that Chinese authorities gave no sign they’d crack down on web content. “There’s no indication of this yet,” he said. But, he noted: “If there is, they’re keeping it secret and not making it publicly known.”
You can read the full Vancouver Sun article online.
Rob and Kris are heading back to China in September to further their research and establish more business relationships in conjunction with the China Access 2008 project.
Posted in Beijing 2008, Culture, Fans, Featured, Vancouver 2010
Posted on 12 May 2006.
Robert Scales from Raincity Studios and Kris Krug from Bryght are featured in today’s Vancouver Sun article, “Canadians Trying To Land Beijing Contracts”. Vancouver Sun reporter Wency Leung came into our offices a few days ago to interview Robert and Kris and spoke with them about their upcoming trip to China, getting a scope and understanding on how Raincity and Bryght is looking to effect and learn from the tech and new media industry in Beijing, in conjunction with preparing for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Vancouver Sun Article Excerpt:
Vancouver-based new media partners Bryght and Raincity Studios, which are working with China Access 2008, also see opportunities at the Beijing Olympics for B.C.’s technology companies.
“We think there’s a huge market opportunity for us to do work with Chinese Internet service providers, and Chinese hosts and Chinese web development shops,” said Kris Krug of Bryght.
He added that a presence at the Beijing Games will also help Bryght and Raincity Studios prepare for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler.
“We have an interest in learning as much as we can [at the Beijing Games] so that we can find out what companies and teams and countries are looking to do online around the 2010 Olympics,” Krug said.
Kris and Rob head over to China on Thursday for 2 weeks, getting on the ground and exploring first-hand the opportunities that potentially lie ahead.
Tomorrow they will be attending the China Access Forum, meeting people from other local BC companies who have already successfully initiated business in China.
You can register for the event on the China Access website and mark it on your upcoming.org account as well.
Listen Live to a reading of the article.
Wency Leung will be tracking Rob and Kris in China and will be following up with their progress upon their return.
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