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Dr. Celine Song Yunya

Associate Professor

(852) 3411 8151

Dr. Song works in the areas of global communication, computer-mediated networks, and new media. Her scholarship has straddled English, French and Chinese cultures and media. Having studied at Nanjing University, Ecole Superieure de Journalisme de Lille, Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies, and University of California at Berkeley on a Fulbright scholarship, she obtained her Ph.D. from the City University of Hong Kong. Before pursuing her Ph.D. studies, she had taught at Nanjing University and reported on various domestic and international issues for several national media organizations including the China Daily and China Central Television. She is the director of the AI and Media Research Lab in the School of Communication.

Classes Taught

Social Media
Social Network Analysis
International Journalism
Both Statistical and Qualitative Modes of Research Methods
Media and Society

Research & Teaching Interests

Journalism Studies
Global Communication
Online Social Networks
Cyberpsychology and Behavior


Selected Publications
I. Selected Journal Articles
  • Song, Y., Lee, C. C., & Huang, Z. (2019). The news prism of nationalism versus globalism: How does the US, UK and Chinese elite press cover ‘China’s rise’?. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, DOI: 1464884919847143. (SSCI)
  • Ku, K. Y. L., Kong, S. Q., Song, Y., Deng, L. P., Kang, Y., & Hu, A. (2019). What Predicts Adolescents’ Critical Thinking about Real-life News? The Roles of Social Media News Consumption and News Media Literacy. Thinking Skills and Creativity. (SSCI)
  • Song, Y., & Xu, R. (2018). Affective Ties That Bind: Investigating the Affordances of Social Networking Sites for Commemoration of Traumatic Events. Social Science Computer Review, DOI: 10.1177/0894439318770960. (SSCI)
  • Xu, Q., Yu, N., & Song, Y. (2018). User Engagement in Public Discourse on Genetically Modified Organisms: The Role of Opinion Leaders on Social Media. Science Communication, 40(6), 691-717. (SSCI)
  • Zeng, Y., & Song, Y. (2018). The social foreign correspondent: reconfiguring journalistic branding research in the age of social media, Popular Communication, DOI: 10.1080/15405702.2018.1543888.
  • Song, Y., & Wu, Y. (2018). Tracking the viral spread of incivility on social networking sites: The case of cursing in online discussions of Hong Kong–Mainland China conflict. Communication and the Public, 3(1), 46-61.
  • Song, Y., & Lee, C.-C. (2017). ‘Collective memories’ of global media events: Anniversary journalism of the Berlin Wall and Tiananmen crackdown in the Anglo-American elite press, 1990–2014. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, DOI: 10.1177/1464884917720304. (SSCI)
  • Song, Y., & Chang, T. K. (2017). Managing Impressions Online: Microblogs and the State Media’s Adaptation of Online Logics in China. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 18(8), 1064-1081. (SSCI)
  • Song, Y., Dai, X.-Y., & Wang, J. (2016). Not All Emotions are Created Equal: Expressive Behavior of the Networked Public on China’s Social Media Site. Computers in Human Behavior, 60, 525-533. (SSCI)
  • Song, Y., Lu, Y., Chang, T. K., & Huang, Y. (2017). Polls in an Authoritarian Space: Reporting and Representing Public Opinion in China. Asian Journal of Communication, 27(4), 339–356.(SSCI)
  • Song, Y., & Lee, C.-C. (2016). Perceiving Different Chinas: Paradigm Change in the “Personalized Journalism” of Elite U.S. Journalists, 1976–1989. International Journal of Communication, 10, 4460–4479.(SSCI)
  • Song, Y., & Lee, C.-C. (2015). The Strategic Ritual of Irony: Post-Tiananmen China as seen through “Personalized Journalism” of Elite U.S. Correspondents. Media, Culture & Society, 37(8), 1176–1192.  (SSCI)
  • Song, Y., & Chang, T. K. (2014). A New World of Spectacle in the Post-cold War Era: China’s Central Television and Its Significant Other, 1992–2006. Public Relations Review, 42(3), 465–475. (SSCI)
  • Song, Y., & Lee, C.-C. (2014). Embedded Journalism: Constructing Romanticized Images of China by U.S. Journalists in the 1970s. Chinese Journal of Communication7(2), 174-190.  (SSCI)
  • Song, Y., & Chang, T. K. (2013). The News and Local Production of the Global: Regional Press Revisited in Post-WTO China. International Communication Gazette75(7), 619–635.  (SSCI)
  • Song, Y., & Chang, T. K. (2012). Legitimizing Ruptures of Development Trajectories: Party Press Discourse on Rural Society in Transitional China (1997-2006). International Journal of Press/Politics, 17, 316–340.  (SSCI)
  • Song, Y. (2012). Shifting Journalistic Paradigms of American Correspondents on Contemporary China: The Case of Orville Schell. Public Relations Review, 38(5)796–798.  (SSCI)
  • Song, Y., & Chang, T. K. (2011). Selecting Daily Newspapers for Content Analysis in China. Journalism Studies13, 356–369.  (SSCI)

II. Books

  • Huang, Y. & Song, Y. (Eds.) (2018). The Evolving Landscapes of Media and Communications in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press.
  • Xiao, X., Huang, Y. H. C., & Song, Y. (Eds.) (2016). Communication & Society in Perspective. Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong Press. (in Chinese)
  • Song, Y., & Wang, L. (2010). Media in American Politics: Contents and Consequences, 2nd Edition (Translation). By David Paletz. Nanjing: Nanjing University Press.

III. Book Chapter

  • Zhang, K., & Song, Y. ( 2018). Social Media Use in Hong Kong. In Y. Huang & Y. Song (eds.) The Evolving Landscapes of Media and Communications in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press.
  • Song, Y., Lu, Y., & Chang, T. K. (2016). CCTV 24-Hour Chinese-Language News: From Offline to Online. In: Sambrook, R. & Cushion, S. eds., The Future of 24-Hour News: New Directions, New Challenges. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Song, Y. (2015). Decoding Chinese Media in Flux: American Correspondents as Interpretive Community. In: Rawnsley, G. & Rawnsley, M., ed., Routledge Handbook of Chinese Media. London: Routledge.
IV. Conference Papers
  • What Can Software Tell Us About Media Coverage and Public Opinion? An Analysis of Political News Posts and Audience Comments on Facebook by Computerised Method. In International Conference on Social Informatics (pp. 230-241). Springer, Cham.
  • Virality of Swearing Utterance Online: The Case of Mainland-Hong Kong Controversial Issue on Weibo, accepted for presentation at ICA 2018.
  • Social Features of Online Discussion Networks: Exploring the Formation of the Cyber-crowd in Chinese Social Media, accepted for presentation at SocInfo Annual Convention.
  • An Interdisciplinary Approach to Studying Hong Kong News Organizations’ Facebook Sites, accepted for presentation at the SMP 2016 Conference.
  • Emotion Homophily in Online Discussion Networks: A Networked Approach to Studying the Expressive Behaviors of Social Media Users in China, accepted for presentation at the INSNA 2016 Sunbelt conference.
  • Political and Media Systems Matter: U.S., Chinese and British Press Coverage of China’s Rise, 2008-2014, accepted for presentation at ICA 2016.
  • Inferring Latent Co-activation Patterns for Information Diffusion, accepted for presentation at the 2015 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology.
  • A Synthetic Approach for Recommendation: Combining Ratings, Social Relations, and Reviews, accepted for presentation at IJCAI 2015 (International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence).
  • Participatory Journalism in an Authoritarian Space: How Chinese Media Use Opinion Polls Online and Offline, accepted for presentation at ICA 2015.
  • Anniversary Coverage of Tiananmen and the Berlin Wall in UK and U.S. Press, 1990-2013, accepted for presentation at ICA 2015.
  • A New World of Spectacle: China’s Central Television and Its Significant Other, 1992-2006, accepted for presentation at ICA 2013.
  • The Heroic Journalist: Memoirs of First-Wave U.S. Correspondents in Post-Mao China, accepted for presentation at AEJMC 2012.
  • Framing China under Global Financial Crisis: Projection of Power in U.S. Elite Media Discourse accepted for presentation at ICA 2010.
  • Selecting Daily Newspapers in China for Content Analysis: A Comparison of Sampling Methods and Sample Sizes, accepted for presentation at AEJMC 2010.
  • Legitimizing Ruptures of Development Trajectories: Party Press Discourse on Rural Society in Transitional China (1997-2006), accepted for presentation at ICA 2009.
Selected Grants
  • Hong Kong Research Grants Council General Research Fund (GRF), Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region: “Framing the Rise of China: How States, Markets, and Globalization Shape Foreign News in the U.S., French and British Press” (Role: Principal Investigator)
  • Faculty Research Grant (FRG), Hong Kong Baptist University: “Audience Interactivity in A Social-Media Era: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Studying Hong Kong News Organizations’ Facebook Sites” (Role: Principal Investigator)
  • Faculty Research Grant (FRG), Hong Kong Baptist University: “Microblogging the Food Safety: How People Engage with Social Media to Support Health Information Needs in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China?” (Role: Principal Investigator)