Assignment 2: 40-hour Working Schedule V.S. 72-hour Working Schedule

News Commentary Topic and Angle

26 March 2019, Some Chinese programmers created a site ‘’ on GitHub referring to the poor health of those internet workers who are working under the 996 working system in China. Tow days later, this site had received 50 thousand stars. This was a start signature of “Anti-996” protest.

the Labour law in
The Labour law of the people’s Republic in

996 working hour system forcing workers to work 72 hours a week, implemented by many Chinese internet companies obeys the labour law of China. However, Jack Ma, the co-founder of the Alibaba, supported this work schedule and said 996 is not a problem if we desire our job. Later, Half-monthly comment said workers who do not support 996 should not be tagged with lazy. Some media outside China including CNN also made some comments.

WeiBo Blog of Jack Ma
Jack Ma is supporting 996. source:

On the contrary, 40-hour working schedule is initial successes by the Australian labour movement for skilled workers in the 1840s and 1850s, and it is an invention that makes Australia proud. However, the efficiency of Australian workers has been criticised by all parties, including the construction of light rails spit.

Netizens speculated that the construction of the Australian light rail was completed first or that the Notre Dame de Paris was successfully rebuilt.
Netizens speculated that the development of the Australian light rail was completed first or that the Notre Dame de Paris was successfully rebuilt. Source:

After the fire in Notre Dame de Paris, there were even many netizens who publicly mocked the efficiency of Australia’s work on the social platform and launched a vote to let everyone guess whether the Australian light rail construction was completed or the Notre Dame was successfully rebuilt.

I want to make news comments on this topic from the angle of an international student.

Many international students from China are from ordinary middle-class families. When they graduate, they will also consider whether they are reluctant to stay in Australia or return to China to face the problem of high pressure.

Therefore, the comparative analysis of the labour system between China and Australia is also meaningful.

  • Target User Group

My target user will be international students and their parents. From this aspect, I think I will make public my commentary in Today Sydney whose reader concluded people from both China and Australia.

  • Sources of Information

For my undergraduate major, some of my classmates are working on an internet company, and one of them also complained this labour system not only exploits their own time but also makes them desperate that they do not see the prospect of the career.

Besides, there are many media companies in Sydney which two of our senior are working on.

Also, I will combine the idea from some web forums and other media reports, like CNN and The Australians for reason of their authority.

If I can get permission, I hope to be able to interview professors who specialise in Chinese and Australian labour laws and labour systems.

  • Ideas for Multimedia, Hypertext and Interactivity

Use images from those interviewers’ working place and choose videos recording interview to give further explanation If they agree.

(513 words Including the explanatory text of the images.)


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1 Comment

  1. It is an interesting topic. At first, news commentary should include a clearly stated argument. I think your news angle could only focus on the situation in Australia. Therefore, you need more detailed analysis of the news value. The impact and proximity on public could be the most relevant. You need to clear where your target audiences from, Chinese in Australia or Australian, and chose the publication. About the interview, I suggest you to invite more local Australian residents and ask their opinion about both their 40-hour working schedule and “996”. It’s worth noting that you need to get the interviewees’ permission if you are going to shot video and publish them. Finally, please upload an image of yourself to elicit trust from your readers.

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