Pete Vernon, Sandy Padwe, Karen Stabiner, and Howard W. French are the authors of this story. Pete Vernon is a Delacorte Fellow at CJR. Sandy Padwe is retired associate professor at the Columbia Journalism School. Karen Stabiner is an adjunct professor at the Columbia Journalism School and the author most recently of Generation Chef: Risking It All for A New American Dream. Howard W. French is a professor at the Columbia Journalism School, a member of CJR’s Board of Overseers, and author most recently of Everything Under the Heavens: How China’s Past Helps Shape its Push for Global Power.