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Dedicated Photographer Shares Her Experience as Undercover Reporter

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A female photo journalist who works for a newspaper in Jinan, eastern China's Shandong province,recently spoke to interviewers to share her experience of participating in a drug bust.

Wang Yuan initially worked at Weifang branch of her newspaper in Shandong since she graduated from college in 2007.

Wang was the only photographer there at that time. At first she thought it would be enough just shooting one or two pictures a day. 

"But there were eight pages in our paper, and every page had to be accompanied by images, so my workload was always too full," Wang said. 

"Every day I would come to the office at 6 a.m. to look for leads, then I would go out to shoot by wondering the high streets and back lanes in Weifang," Wang introduced. 

She even was too busy working to hang out with her friends. "If I didn't prepare enough, there would be no photos in the newspaper the next day," Wang explained.

Looking back on her first days at work, although tired, Wang was full of excitement. Her unremitting efforts won her many honors as well as laid a solid foundation for her future work.

Wang was transferred to work in Jinan in 2009 because of her outstanding performance.

 What impressed her the most in her career was her undercover experience with the police.

In 2014, before International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, June 26, Wang spent half a month in a police station to take pictures of officers on late-night duty.

At that time, the police were investigating a drug trafficking case. Wang inquired about following them to shoot some pictures and promised to be quiet without exposing herself. She got permission and went on a drug bust with the team.

Drug addicts rarely showed up in the daytime. They only appeared at bars and other entertainment places late at night. In order to help the police catch users, Wang disguised herself as the friend of a prostitute. The police finally arrested the suspects. The experience was dangerous but Wang was excited when she recalled it. 

Wang got married and gave birth to a boy in 2015. "When my son grows up, I will still work as hard as before. Because I am a restless person," Wang said. She was grateful that her parents and husband all support her work.

Faced with the changes brought by the internet, Wang felt compelled to continue her studies. "Now I have learned to edit videos and make a live broadcast, and I hope to be a versatile reporter," Wang said.


Wang Yuan []


(Source: and edited by Women of China)

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