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, Qun’s research explores media’s digital transformation and its implications for journalism and society. My studies cover media, technology, politics, and society, and also involve international and comparative studies. My dissertation uses Google News as a case study to explore the interaction between digital platforms and traditional news media. Using a historical approach, Qun’s dissertation combines traditional research methods and computational approaches to conduct web archival analysis, algorithmic analysis, legal analysis, and more to understand the history, evolution, and influence of Google News since its launch in 2002. 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 in particular and the society in general. Through the case study of Google News, the project aims to make theoretical and empirical contribution to the ongoing, wider discussions about the relationship between platforms and the press in the digital time, and how journalism would evolve in the changing media environment to benefit the communities it serves.