Qun Wang

School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University

Qun Wang is a doctoral candidate in Media Studies. She received her master’s degree from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Qun is a recipient of the Barrow Minority Scholarship Award at the 2018 conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). Qun’s research focuses on media’s digital transformation and its implications for journalism, politics, and society.

Dissertation Abstract: Focusing on media sociology, her research explores media’s digital transformation and its implications for journalism and society, and has been published in such scholarly journals as Digital Journalism, Journalism Practice, and Journalism. Her studies involve mixed research methods and draw on theories and literature from various fields such as journalism and media studies, political communication, sociology, and technology and information studies. These studies address digital media and politics, digital journalism, ethnic media, local journalism, and emerging technology. Many of these projects are international studies aiming to understand the changing media environment in different contexts.

Her dissertation studies the history, evolution, and influence of Google News since its launch in 2002. Using a historical approach, her dissertation combines traditional research methods and computational approaches to conduct web archival analysis, algorithmic analysis, and legal and comparative analysis. Both the object and the timeframe this dissertation examines are important: Google News as the largest online news aggregator has profound impact on journalism and people’s lives, and the years since its introduction are also a period that has witnessed the intense digital transformation of the media industry and our society. The study reveals complex dynamics in professional, technical, economic, and political dimensions that have shaped today’s media landscape. Through the case study of Google News, the project aims to make theoretical and empirical contribution to the ongoing discussion about the platform-press relationship and how journalism will evolve in the digital time to benefit the communities it serves.