My research expertise are digital journalism, media technologies, comparative politics. I’m particularly interested at the underlying mechanism (affective, social, and political) of people’s digital news consumptions (mobile media, social media, AI) and how these digital journalism impact affective, social, and political environments. Within this broad umbrella, I have three lines of research. First, I studied how certain digital news consumption (i.e., information seeking, multiplatform use) motivate people to self-disclose and enhance their social connectedness and wellbeing. Second, I studied in the context of comparative politics (US,UK,EU,HK), how biased information (i.e., fake news, fitspiration image) prevent people from further political news consumption (i.e., polarization, selective exposure). Third, I investigated the underlying affective (FoMO, leisure boredom news fatigue) and news (cross-cutting) mechanism of people’s digital consumption behaviours (curation, avoidance, and addiction).
I adopt mixed methods including quantitative (computational, multilevel analysis, meta-analysis, surveys, experiments) and qualitative method (interview, content analysis). My work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Digital Journalism(in-press), Journalism Mass Communication Quarterly, Mobile Media Communication, New Media Society, Telematics& Informatics. Journal of Media Psychology.
I am committed to diversity and inclusive through my research, teaching, and service. My work focuses on how social minorities group are likely to experience and are most responsive to different persuasive strategies from social media addicts, social robot lovers, to migrants and LGBTQ groups. By studying this, my research can then help enhance public awareness of these issues. Meanwhile I also serve as the Review Committee in gender and communication division in IAMCR for three years, contributing to the diversity and inclusion.
Majoring and training as a communication scholar, I derive inspiration from my life to enrich my academic pursuits. I possess a strong inclination to bridge practical research with theoretical conceptualization and examination. I believe that this communicative imagination will contribute to understand how and why certain news behaviours impact the formation of an informed citizen, and then utilize the findings from my work to inform communication campaigns to better engage key stakeholders to promote prosocial, informed, and open-minded behaviors.