Disclosing Taiwan Merchants Receive Subsidy from China Government.

Category: Best data-driven reporting (small and large newsrooms)

Country/area: Taiwan

Organisation: READr

Organisation size: Small

Publication date: 7 Jul 2019

Credit: Producer: Chien Hsin-chan Executive Producer: Lee Yu Ju, Chen Tzy-Tyng Journalist: Chen Li Ya Researcher:Lee Yu Ju Data:Lee Yu Ju, Li Chao Yen, Hsu Ling-Wei Design:Chen Yi-Chian Web developing: Hsiung Kai Wen

Project description:

Taiwan enterprises Want Want Group was broke the news that they receive a lot of Chinese government subsidies on facebook, causing public discussion. And on June 2019, there was a”againstChina infiltrate media” parade broke a record number of participants in Taiwan. These cases shows the“Chinafactor” anxiety of Taiwanese people. We drill down through more than 100 thousand copies earnings Taiwan to understand the trends in Chinese government grants, but also interpret the significance grants for the reader, to provide a comprehensive perspective about this issue.

Impact reached:

We survey Taiwanese business in China and Hong Kong, found China government issued a subsidy of NT $ 66.3 billion for the 42 Taiwanese business in the past 10 years. There were three groups accounted for 60% of the subsidy. Subsidy may be followed on the size of the company, the industry situation and even political positions related. We also found that, although the China government frequently used subsidies to attract talents, but the status of Taiwan businessman in recent years has been not as in the past.

Techniques/technologies used:

This project is made by Vue.js and the official router library to implement a single page application. In this project, we use fullPage.js to create a fullscreen scrolling experience landing page before the article page, and we use IntersectionObserver to implement section detection within the article so that readers can always know which section reading right now, we use HTML anchor to let readers jump to the section they interested quickly, all these features create a better experience when reading a long-form article.

What was the hardest part of this project?

The most difficult part is to search for the company’s earnings in different China, Hong Kong Web site, case by case basis and recorded on file. We went through a total of more than eight thousand copies earnings, meaning that opened more than 8,000 pages, in order to fully disclose such information. However, we thought thatthan to talk about some certaincases, to provide the reader a wholepicture of the issueis a more responsible act.

What can others learn from this project?

If only reported certain cases, lack of whole picture, it is easy to cause panic. The report should be responsible to provide the whole picture to the readers, data can be done about it.

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