English and Journalism

Yong Tang

Assistant Professor
Journalism and Media Law
Ph.D., M.I.P.P.

Email y-tang@wiu.edu
Office 226G Simpkins Hall: 309-298-1948
Office hours TT 3:30-5, W 3:30-4:30 (FALL 14)

 

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. in mass communications-The Pennsylvania State University (2012)
  • Master's degree in international policy and practice-The George Washington University (2008)
  • Ph.D. in international journalism-The Communication University of China (2004)
  • Bachelor's degree in English reporting and editing-China School of Journalism (1995)
  • Bachelor's degree in English language and literature-Sichuan International Studies University (1993)

 

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 
  • Member of the International Communication Association (ICA)
  • Member of the National Communication Association (NCA)
  • Member of the Chinese Communication Association (CCA)

 

Biography:

Dr. Yong Tang is a tenure-track assistant professor of journalism and media law at Western Illinois University (WIU). Since his employment at WIU in August 2011, Tang has taught such courses as JOUR417 (Laws of Mass Communications), JOUR231 (Reporting for Mass Media I), JOUR232 (Reporting for Mass Media II), JOUR415 (Mass Communication Research Methods) and JOUR410 (International Communication and Foreign Press). Tang also has strong interest in teaching other journalism skills courses such as international reporting, multiplatform storytelling, social media and data visualization.

Tang's major areas of research are First Amendment, freedom of information, media law and policy, international journalism, global media studies, Chinese press and politics. Since 2011, Tang has presented more than 10 scholarly papers to various divisions of AEJMC, AEJMC Southeast Colloquium, ICA and NCA annual conventions. He was an invited panelist at the 2014 AAS (Association for Asia Studies)-in-Asia Singapore Conference. His articles appear in many peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Information PolicyCommunication, Culture & CritiqueChinese Journal of  Communication, and tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique.

Before joining the WIU faculty, Tang worked as an award-winning professional journalist for nearly 15 years for People's Daily, the largest and most politically influential newspaper in the People’s Republic of China. From August 1995 to January 2004, he was an international news editor in Beijing. From February 2004 to August 2007, Tang worked as a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent for the  publication. He published many face-to-face and one-on-one interviews with high-profile newsmakers such as former President Jimmy Carter, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, the Washington Post Managing Editor Philip Bennett, and General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner. Drawing upon his unique reporting and writing experiences as a foreign correspondent in the world capital of news, Tang published in 2014 in Beijing a four-volume Chinese-language book America in the Eyes of Yong Tang[走马西来欲到天:唐勇看美国].

Tang’s list of honors includes Western Illinois University Professional Achievement Award (2014), Faces of Penn State (2013), Top 50 Journalism Professors from Journalismdegree.org (2012), AEJMC First Place Faculty Paper Award (2012), AEJMC Best Research Scholar-to-Scholar Presentation Award (2011), Penn State University Gene and Fran Goodwin Journalism Scholarship (2010), Penn State University Graduate Fellowship (2009), George Washington University Freeman Fellowship (2007), and China News Awards (2004).

 

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