Dr Jingrong Tong

Department of Journalism Studies

Senior Lecturer in Digital News Cultures

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j.tong@sheffield.ac.uk

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Dr Jingrong Tong
Department of Journalism Studies
214a
9 Mappin Street
Sheffield
S1 4DT
Profile

Jingrong Tong has been working in the area of journalism and news media for 20 years first as a journalist then as an academic. She joined the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield in September 2019 as Senior Lecturer in Digital News Cultures. Previously, she was Senior Lecturer in Digital Media and Culture at Brunel University (2016-19) and Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Leicester (2009-16).

Research interests

Jingrong's current research interests include the impact of digital technology on journalism, social media analysis, and environmental communication. She has a particular interest in journalism and news media in the UK and China. In her research, she uses qualitative methods, such as interviews, framing analysis and critical discourse analysis, as well as data-driven computational analysis such as social network analysis and computer-assisted discourse analysis.

Her papers have appeared in prestigious peer-reviewed journals. She has received research funding from the British Academy and several universities. She is the author of two books: Investigative Journalism in China: Journalism, Power, and Society (2011 and 2012) and Investigative Journalism, Environmental Problems and Modernisation in China (2015); co-editor of Digital Technology and Journalism: An International Comparative Perspective (2017); and co-author of Tweeting the Environment #Brexit (2018).

Publications

Books

  • Tong J (2022) Journalism in the Data Age. SAGE. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tong J & Zuo L (2021) The Brexit Referendum on Twitter A mixed-method, computational analysis. Emerald Group Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tong J & Zuo L (2018) Tweeting the Environment #Brexit. Emerald Group Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tong J & Lo S-H (2017) Digital Technology and Journalism An International Comparative Perspective. Springer. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tong J (2015) Investigative Journalism, Environmental Problems and Modernisation in China. Springer. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tong J (2011) Investigative Journalism in China Journalism, Power, and Society. A&C Black. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Tong J (2022) Artificial intelligence is not a panacea: policing content on social media platforms, three dilemmas and their ethical and legal implications In Taina Pihlajarinne & Anette Alén-Savikko (Ed.), Artificial Intelligence and the Media Reconsidering Rights and Responsibilities Edward Elgar Publishing RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tong J (2021) Local data journalism practice in the UK In Harte D & Matthews R (Ed.), Reappraising Local and Community News in the UK Media, Practice, and Policy Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tong J (2020) Investigative Journalism in China: Pushing the limits between the 1990s and 2013 In Latham K (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Chinese Culture and Society Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tong J (2020) The return of party journalism and ‘Janusian’ content in China: the case of Newspaper X In Gulyas A & Baines D (Ed.), New Routledge Companion to Local Media and Journalism RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tong J & Lo S-H (2017) New media reforms and journalism cultures in two newspapers in mainland China and Taiwan In Tong J & Lo S-H (Ed.), Digital Technology and Journalism An International Comparative Perspective Springer RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tong J (2017) Introduction In Lo S-H (Ed.), Digital Technology and Journalism An International Comparative Perspective Springer RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tong J & Zuo L (2017) A computational analysis of British journalists’ use of Twitter before the 2016 UK’s EU referendum In Tong J & Lo S-H (Ed.), Digital Technology and Journalism An International Comparative Perspective Springer RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tong J (2015) The Chinese Diaspora, Motherland, and “June Fourth”: A Discourse Analysis of the BBC Chinese “Have Your Say” Forum, 2009–13 In Sun W & Sinclair J (Ed.), Rethinking Chinese Diasporic Media: Soft Power in Global and Local Contexts RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tong J (2014) Discourse of Journalism and Legitimacy in post-reform China In Cao Q, Tian H & Chilton P (Ed.), Discourse, Politics and Media in Contemporary China John Benjamins Publishing Company RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tong J (2013) Local Investigative Journalism: Understanding the Background, Context and Trajectories of Investigative Journalism in Dahe Daily and Southern Metropolis Daily In Svensson M, Sæther E & Zhang Z (Ed.), Chinese Investigative Journalists' Dreams Autonomy, Agency, and Voice Lexington Books RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tong J & Mackey H (2012) Discussions on BBC Chinese Have Your Say Forums: National Identity and International Broadcasting in the Interactive Media Era In Gillespie M & Webb A (Ed.), Diasporas and Diplomacy Cosmopolitan Contact Zones at the BBC World Service (1932-2012) Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities

Jingrong is joint module convenor for dissertations in MA Global Journalism (JNL6133) and MA International Public and Political Communication (JNL6600). She also contributes to JNL116 Analysing News, JNL235 Data-Driven Storytelling, JNL6017 Advanced Broadcast Journalism and JNL6019 Broadcast Portfolio.

Professional activities

In the course of her research, Jingrong has worked with and advised International Media Support, Denmark. She has been invited to regularly review articles for academic journals, conferences and publishers. She is a member of the editorial board for Digital Journalism and Journalism Studies. She also serves as Associate Editor for Chinese Journal of Communication.

PhD supervision

Jingrong is particularly interested in hearing from research students focusing on the following areas:

  • Journalism, technology and society
  • Data and communication
  • Discourses, politics and/or the environment
  • Social media communication

PhD study in journalism, media and communication