Beginning his career in 1933, the Chinese journalist and writer Fan Changjiang made significant impacts on the world of writing and news. His editorial pieces on northwest China were assembled into one collected later called The North Western Part of China, focusing on the development of China's future and the activities of the Communist Part of China, the Red Army, and the Long March. He saw that journalists should embrace writing about politics and seek the complete truth on matters.
In 1937, Fan visited Xi'an during the events of the Xi'an Incident, an event that had immense impact on political and military aspects of China during the invasion of the Japan. He gained the confidence of the first Premier of the People's Republic of China, and received accurate information and details regarding the events of the incident. Once he returned to Shanghai, he was able to publish all of the correct information for the public, unveiling the truth in Xi'an.
Fan was the president of the Chinese Journalists Association Committee. He worked as a reporter for Da Gong Bao and reported during the most violent point of the Second Sino-Japanese War. During this time, he helped develop the International News Association at Changsha, a publication that had the right of reporting to announce the reports of the Sino-Japanese War to publishers in China and globally. He was also the founder of the China Young Journalists Association and Huashang Daily.
In 1967, Fan was forced into solitary confinement due to the start of the Cultural Revolution. In 1970, he committed suicide at the age of 61 by jumping into a well. The Fan Changjiang Journalism Awards were established in 1991 by the Chinese Journalists Association Committee in honor of his achievements.
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