Dr. Nick Yin ZHANG

Assistant Professor
Director of Data and Media Communication Concentration, BComm (Hons.) in Journalism

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Dr. Zhang Yin Nick commits to promote interdisciplinary research between social science, humanities and computer science. Trained in communication and computer science, he works in the areas of computer-mediated communication, social network analysis, big data analytics, and quality of life research. His research has appeared in international academic journals and edited volumes, and received several top paper awards in international conferences. He now serves as associate editor for the international journal of Media Asia.

Dr. Zhang obtained his Ph.D. from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and is an alumnus of Oxford Internet Institute (Oii) summer doctoral program. Before joining HKBU, he worked in the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies and taught both postgraduate and undergraduate courses at CUHK.

Classes Taught

Introduction to Journalism and Communication
Media Studies in a Changing Society
Fact-checking Misinformation and Disinformation
AI & Digital Communication
Data Media Research Project
Communication Research Methods

Research & Teaching Interests

Computer-mediated Communication
Social Network Analysis and Social Capital
Data Journalism
Media and Quality of Life (Well-being and Poverty)
Computational Social Science

Selected Publications
I. Refereed Journal Articles
II. Book Chapters
  • Erni, J. N. & Zhang, Y. (forthcoming). Ethnic minority youth as digital cultural participants: Toward a critical indicator study. In Lam, S. S. (Ed.), New Media Spectacles and Multimodal Creativity in a Globalised Asia – Art, Design and Activism in the Digital Humanities Landscape. Singapore: Springer Nature.
  • Zhang, Y. & Erni, J. N. (2018). In with expectations and out with disappointment: Social media uses by sexual minority and the redefinition of Intimacy. In Andreassen, R., Petersen, M. N., Harrison, K., & Raun, T. (Eds.), Mediated Intimacies: Connectivities, Relationalities and Proximities (pp.143–155). London: Routledge.
  • Wong, H., Zhang, Y., & Tang, M. (2017). Quality of life (生活質素). In Chiu, W. K., & Cheung, F. M. (Eds.), HKSAR at 20 (香港特區二十年) (pp.343–366). Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press. (In Chinese)
  • Leung, L., Liang, J. M., & Zhang, Y. (2017). Media addiction. In Roessler, P., Hoffner, C., Van Zoonen, L., Podschuweit, N. (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Media Effects (pp.879–893). New York: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Huang, Y. H. & Zhang, Y. (2015). Revisiting organization–public relations (OPR) research: Theoretical concepts, measures, methodologies and challenges. In Ki, E. J., Kim, J-N., & Ledingham, J. (Eds). Public Relations as Relationship Management (pp.3–27). New York: Routledge.
III. Other Scholarly Publications
  • Huang, L. & Zhang, Y. (2018). User survey of Hong Kong digital media. In Li, R. & Huang, Y. (eds), Hong Kong digital media development report 2018 (pp.172–197). Hong Kong: Chung Hwa Press.
  • Wong, H., Zhang, Y., Ho, C. T. & Ng, S. L. (2016). The changes of youth quality of life in Hong Kong: Observation from the Youth QoL Index (從青年生活質素指數看青年生活的變化). In Chiu, W. K., Ip, C. Y., & Li, H. (Eds). The Restless Youth: Observation of Hong Kong’s new generation (躁動青春:香港新世代處境觀察) (pp.78–92). Hong Kong: Chung Hwa Press. (In Chinese)
  • Wong, H., Zhang, Y. (2016). Quality of Life in Hong Kong from 2002 to 2014: Trends and Insights (香港生活質素的變化:趨勢與反思). Hong Kong & Macau Affairs (紫荊論壇), 25, 48–53. (In Chinese)
IV. Conference Papers
  • Zhang, Y., Kwan, C. W., Ho, S. W., Tong, C. C., & Hui, J. T. (2020, May).  Using time-series patterns in word segmentation for data preprocessing: A methodological development in evolving public discourse mining.  2020 Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Lee, F. L. F. & Zhang, Y. (2019, May). A network analytic approach to selective consumption of newspapers: The impact of politics, market, and technology. 2019 Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), Washington D.C., USA.
  • Zhang, Y. & Song, Y. Y. (2018, September). The role of social media in political campaigns: A sentiment and engagement analysis of political news posts and Facebook comments in three political events in Hong Kong. The Internet, Policy & Politics Conference (IPP 2018), Oxford, UK.
  • Zhang, Y. & Lee, F. L. F. (2018, May). The connectedness of connective action: An analysis of the participant-initiated Facebook pages in Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement. 2018 Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Song, Y. Y. & Zhang, Y. (2017, September). What can software tell us about media coverage and public opinion? An analysis of political news posts and audience comments by computerized method. 9th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo2017), Oxford, UK.
  • Zhang, Y. & Wu. D. (2016, December). Social Media in the Frontline Practices: Cases Study and Reflection in Hong Kong. 9th International Forum on Public Relations & Advertising, Hong Kong, China.
  • Zhang, Y. & Chen, J. K. (2016, November). Mediating effect of subjective poverty and social acceptance. International Conference of “Social Disadvantages, Well-being and Health: Evidence from Hong Kong and Trends in Global”, Hong Kong, China.
  • Bedford, O., Huang, Y. H. & Zhang, Y. (2016, June). The Dual-Factor Relational Framework. 2016 Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), Fukuoka, Japan.
  • Chen, Y. B. & Zhang, Y. (2016, January). Comparing the Chinese and Western social networking service (SNS) research in communication: A review of the studies in communication from 2006 to 2013 (In Chinese). Internet and Society: The agenda and trends of Internet research, Shanghai, China.
  • Zhang, Y. (2012, August). What has Social Networking Service (SNS) research done for the half decade? Review, critiques, and discussion of the studies from 2006 to 2011. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 2012 Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, USA.
  • Chen, Y. B. & Zhang, Y. (2012, August). Application of social networking services (SNS) by Greenpeace in Mainland China: An empirical study (In Chinese). The 5th International Forum on Public Relations & Advertising, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Huang, Y. H. & Zhang, Y. (2012, May). Revisiting organization–public relations research for the past decade: Theoretical concepts, measures, methodologies and challenges. 2012 Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), Phoenix, AZ, USA.
  • Zhang, Y. (2011, November). Social network in network society: Social media, social relationships and communication (In Chinese). 2011 China Communication Forum & New Media and Society of Contemporary China. International Symposium, Shanghai, China.
  • Zhang, Y. (2011, July). Self-motivation, peer influence and celebrities endorsement on microblog uses and advertising persuasion. 2011 Conference of International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Tang, S. T. & Zhang, Y. (2010, June). Conversational-dominance and ambiguity-generations factors in predicting perceived power: A study in Chinese heterosexual partners. 2010 Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), Singapore.
  • Zhang, Y. & Tang, S. T. (2009, August). Why and how Facebook satisfies you: Collective self-esteem, emotional openness, communication apprehension as predictors of Facebook uses and gratifications. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 2009 Annual Conference, Boston, MA, USA.
Selected Grants
  • Initiation Grant for Faculty Niche Research Areas, Hong Kong Baptist University. Macro environment and non-company news on stock market performance: A comparative study of media sentiment, public engagement, and prediction models (2019-2021). HKD 586,560. (Principle Investigator)
  • Faculty Research Grant, Hong Kong Baptist University. Audience fragmentation and technologies adoptions: Examining online news exposure in Hong Kong from a network analytic approach (2018–2019). HKD45,000. (Principle Investigator)
  • The National Social Science Foundation of China. Chinese urban inhabitants’ social media uses and addition (2017–2020). RMB 200,000. (Co-Investigator)
  • Public Policy Research Fund, Central Policy Unit, Hong Kong SAR Government. Impacts of implementing Low-income Working Family Allowance (LIFA) on labor market situation and quality of life of low-income working families in Hong Kong (2016–2017). HKD 999,299. (Co-Investigator)
  • The National Social Science Foundation of China. Youth’s mobile internet uses and addiction (2014–2017). RMB 200,000. (Co-Investigator)
Editorship & Research Board
Associate Editor,  Media Asia by Taylor & Francis (Indexed in: Scopus, EBSCO Research Databases)
Honours & Awards
  • Research Award, Kappa Tau Alpha (KTA) National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago, USA, 2012.
  • Top Student Paper Award, Jung-Sook Lee Paper Competition, Communication Technology Division, Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC) convention, Chicago, USA, 2012.
  • Lion Dr. Francis K. Pan Scholarship, The Chinese University Hong Kong, 2012.
  • ICS Mok Hing Cheong Postgraduate Research Scholarship, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2011.
  • 1st Place, Moellor Student Paper Competition, Mass Communication & Society Division, AEJMC annual convention, Boston, USA, 2009.
  • Top 2 Student Paper, Mass Communication & Society Division, AEJMC annual convention, Boston, USA, 2009.
  • Southern Metropolitan Daily Journalism Scholarship, China, 2006.