Sheffield PhD student presents paper in the Netherlands

Tianbo XuA PhD candidate with the Department of Journalism Studies has presented a paper at a conference on digital journalism at the University of Groningen, Netherlands.

Tianbo Xu's paper was accepted for the conference Rethinking Journalism II – The Societal Role & Relevance of Journalism in a Digital Age after a rigorously peer-reviewed process and strong completion from dozens of applicants.

In his work Tianbo Xu, himself a practising journalist, looks at how the internet has impacted on traditional journalism in China. His research examines how technology has changed journalistic practices in that country and how these transformations redefine the relationship between politics and media.

Report published

Held earlier in January, the conference was organised by the research network 'Capturing Change in Journalism: Shifting Role Perceptions at the Turn of the 20th and 21st Centuries' run by the journalism departments of the universities of Groningen and Sheffield.

The network is funded by the British and Dutch science foundations, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) of the UK and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Tianbo Xu's report on the conference has been now peer-reviewed and published by the Chinese Social Science Today issued by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).Established in 1977, CASS is China's most comprehensive academic research organisation and national centre for study in the fields of philosophy and social sciences. It was described by Foreign Policy magazine as the top think tank in Asia.