jufang.jpgPhD Student

Email: J dot Wang dot 26 at warwick dot ac dot uk


About

I’ m a third-year PhD candidate in Media and Communication. Before this, I had 16 years of working experience at CRI (one of China’s three national broadcasters), where I was a senior editor and held positions including vice director of news of CRI Online and chief correspondent at CRI Mexico Bureau. I had been an academic visitor at the BBC (2010-2011) and at CSLS, Oxford University (2014.10-2015.03). I hold a MSc in Politics and Communication from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a master degree in International Relations from Peking University (Beijing).

Research interests

My thesis working title is: Online platforms in China: media power, implications and regulation. The project examines a current and important issue—media power of online platforms. Outside China, there are rising debates around the role of online platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in relation to news production, distribution and consumption and how to regulate these platforms (in relation to fake news, algorithmic power, etc.). Similar debates have also been seen in China, where popular platforms like WeChat and Weibo have increasingly become the converging media platforms hosting colossal content produced by various news and information producers (e.g., news media, individual authors, government departments). The rise of online platforms as important media actors has facilitated a media power shift in China: a large proportion of Internet users mainly rely on these platforms in accessing news; the traditional news media largely rely on these platforms to deliver their content; and many individual authors are empowered by the platforms and become online opinion leaders. While Chinese government traditionally uses the state-controlled news media to guide public opinion, almost all popular online platforms are owned by private Internet companies.

What do these new developments mean in relation to China’s public opinion guidance? What kinds of media power do these platforms hold and how they interact with China’s party-state? This project will adopt empirically based mixed methods (e.g., interviews, policy document analysis, and social media observation) to answer such questions.

I am co-supervised by Dr. Joanne Garde-Hansen and Dr. David Wright.

Selected publications

Professional Associations

Jufang is coordinator of Culture and Media, One Belt One Road Program, Oxford University. She organized and co-chaired the Culture and Media session of One Belt One Road Summit, Oxford University, in September 2017.