Associate Professor

Administrative Roles

  • UM Faculty Representative, Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau University Alliance (GHMUA) Review Committee
  • Member, MA Steering Committee, Department of Communication
  • Associate Fellow, Cheng Yu Tong College

Academic Qualifications

PhD (Communications, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China)
MA (Communication Policy, University of Westminster, UK)
BA (Journalism, Fudan University, China)

Editorial Board Membership

  • Digital Journalism (SSCI)
  • Journalism Studies (SSCI)
  • Media Culture and Society (SSCI)
  • Feminist Media Studies (SSCI)

Current Research

Chinese journalism; Digital media; Platform media; Cyber nationalism; Women and media

Research Publications


  • Wang, H. (2023). Disrupting Chinese Journalism: Changing Politics, Economics, and Journalistic Practices of the Legacy Newspaper Press. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Wang, H. (2016). The Transformation of Investigative Journalists in China: From Journalism to Activism. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Selected Journal Articles / Book Chapters

  • Wang, H., & Meng, J. (2023). The de-professionalization of Chinese journalism. Chinese Journal of Communication,16(1), 1-18.
  • Meng, J., & Wang, H. (2023). Performing transparency in vlog news: Self-disclosure of Chinese journalists in vlog reporting on COVID-19. Journalism Practice, online first, 1-17.
  • Wang, H. (2022). Transformation or continuation? Comparing journalism in digital and legacy media in China. Journalism Practice, 16(7), 1431-1448.
  • Wang, H. & Lyu, N. (2022). Comparing newspapers in mainland China and Hong Kong: The limits of media systems theory. Global Media and China, 7(1), 43-57.
  • Wang, H. & Wu, L. (2022). Academic discourses of digital journalism in China: A literature review, 1961–2021. In Zhang, S. I. (ed.) Digital Journalism in China. Routledge, pp.23-35.
  • Wang, H. (2021). Generational change in Chinese journalism: Developing. Mannheim’s theory of generations for contemporary social conditions. Journal of Communication, 71(2), 104-128.
  • Wang, H. & Fan, J. (2021). China and the digital era. In H. de Burgh & P. Lashmar (Eds.) Investigative Journalism. Routledge, pp.125-136.
  • Márquez-Ramírez,M., Mellado,C., Humanes,M.L., Amado,A., Beck,D., Davydov,S., Mick, J., Mothes, C., Olivera, D., Panagiotu, N., Roses, S., Silke, H., Sparks, C., Stepińska, A., Szabó, G., Tandoc, E., & Wang, H. (2020). Detached or interventionist? Comparing the performance of watchdog journalism in transitional, advanced and non-democratic countries. The International Journal of Press/Politics, 25(1), 53-75.
  • Wang, H. & Sparks, C. (2019). Chinese newspaper groups in the digital era: The resurgence of the party press. Journal of Communication, 69(1), 94-119.
  • Wang, H. & Sparks, C. (2019). Marketing Credibility: Chinese newspapers’ responses to revenue losses from falling circulation and advertising decline. Journalism Studies, 20(9), 1301-1318.
  • Wang, H. (2019). Obstacles to Chinese women journalists’ career advancement. In C. Carter, L. Steiner, & S. Allan (Eds.) Journalism, Gender and Power. Routledge, pp.279-294.
  • Wang, H., Sparks, C., & Huang, Y. (2018). Popular journalism in China: A study of China Youth Daily. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 19(9-10), 1203–1219.
  • Wang, H., Sparks, C., & Huang, Y. (2018). Measuring differences in the Chinese press: A study of People’s Daily and Southern Metropolitan Daily. Global Media and China, 3(3), 125–140.
  • Wang, H., Sparks, C., Lu, N., & Huang, Y. (2017). Differences within the mainland Chinese press: A quantitative analysis. Asian Journal of Communication, 27(2), 154-171.
  • Mellado, C., Hellmueller L., Márquez-Ramírez, M., Humanes, M.L., Sparks, C., Stepinska, A., Pasti, S., Schielicke, A. M., Tandoc, E., & Wang, H. (2017). The hybridization of journalistic cultures: A comparative study of journalistic role performance. Journal of Communication, 67(6), 944-967.
  • Wang, H. & Fang, R. (2017). Media diplomacy and the NSA: Making the case at home and abroad for Chinese national interests. In R. Kunelius, H. Heikkila, A. Russell, & D. Yagodin (Eds.) Journalism and the NSA Revelations: Privacy, Security, and the Press. London: IB Tauris, pp.126-145.
  • Wang, H. (2016). “Naked swimmers”: Chinese women journalists’ experience of media commercialization. Media, Culture & Society, 38(4), 489–505.
  • Wang, H. (2016). Intellectual-run-newspapers versus statesman-run-newspapers: Wrestling between two journalistic paradigms in pre-reform China, 1949–1978. Journalism Practice, 10(5), 663-679.
  • Sparks, C., Wang, H., Huang, Y., Zhao, Y., Lu, N. & Wang, D. (2016). The impact of digital media on newspapers: Comparing responses in China and the United States. Global Media and China, 1(3), 186–207.
  • Lee, F., Wang, H. & Zhang, F. (2016). Are foreign publics interested in news about China? Analysis of a cross-national survey. China: An International Journal, 14(4),1-21.
  • Wang, H. & Lee, F. (2014). Research on Chinese investigative journalism, 1978–2013: A critical review. The China Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Greater China, 14(2), 215–250.
  • Svensson, M., & Wang, H. (2014). Gendering investigative journalism: Norms and practices inside and outside the newsroom. In M. Svensson, E. Sather, & Z. Zhang (eds.) Chinese Investigative Journalists’ Dreams: Autonomy, Agency, and Voice. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, pp. 91-110.
  • Wang H., Lee, F.& Wang, B. (2013). Foreign news as a marketable power display: Foreign disasters reporting by the Chinese local media. International Journal of Communication, 7, 884-902.
  • Wang, B., Lee, F., & Wang, H. (2013). Technological practices, news production processes, and journalistic witnessing: Hong Kong journalists in the 2011 Japan earthquake. Journalism Studies, 14(4), 491-506.
  • Wang, H. (2011). What spaces for Chinese reporters. In Lloyd, J., & Winter, J. (eds.) Media, Politics and the Public. Helsinki: Axess Press, pp.209-222.
  • Yin, L. & Wang, H. (2010). People-centred myth: A discourse analysis of Wenchuan earthquake in China Daily. Discourse and Communication, 4(4), 383-398.
  • Wang, H. (2010). How big is the cage: An examination of local press autonomy in China. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 7(1), 56-72.


  • 2024-2025. Multi-Year Research Grant (MYRG) Level I, University of Macau, “Investigative Journalism in China in Changing Times” (PI)
  • 2021-2024. National Social Science Funds, China, “Credibility of Emerging Mainstream Media in the Context of Media Convergence” (PI)
  • 2021-2024. Start-up Research Grant (SRG), University of Macau, “Digital Disruptions of Chinese Journalism” (PI)
  • 2017-2019. Hong Kong Research Grants Council General Research Fund (GRF), “Changing Media, Changing Audience: How Journalists Perceive, Address and Interact with Their Audience in the Online Environment?” (CI)
  • 2016-2019. Social Science Foundation Grant, Ministry of Education, China, “Media Convergence and Journalism Production: A Sociological Analysis” (PI)
  • 2014-2016. Hong Kong Research Grants Council General Research Fund (GRF), “Journalistic Role Performance in Hong Kong and Mainland China” (CI)
  • 2014-2016. Helsingin Sanomat Foundation Research Grants, Finland, “The NSA Files: Surveillance, Leaks and the New Landscape of Legitimacy” (CI)


Introduction of News and Journalism
News Interviewing and Writing
International News Comparison and Analysis
Global Media and Communication
Special Topics in Journalism and Digital Media
Digital Journalism Research

Contact Details

Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS)
Humanities & Social Sciences Building (E21B), 2045
Tel: 8822 8348
Email: haiyanwang@um.edu.mo