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The new interdisciplinary department will bring together researchers from different units, including (from left) Xinzhi Zhang (Department of Journalism), Jingyuan Jolie Shi (Department of Communication Studies) and Mateja Kovacic (Academy of Film).
 
Interactive Media Department
to boot up on July 1
Hong Kong Baptist University will soon be home to the city’s first Interactive Media Department (IMD). It will be headed by Zhong Bu, currently a Professor at Pennsylvania State University. IMD will recruit around 15 faculty from the School of Communication and Film’s existing Departments of Journalism and Communication Studies, and the Academy of Film. It also plans to hire new faculty at senior and junior levels.
 
IMD is the brainchild of the School’s Dean, Huang Yu. “Our new Interactive Media Department crystallises the progress we’ve made in transforming our School, to keep up with developments in digital technologies and lead research on the social dimensions of technological change,” he said. “It is aligned with our University’s exciting thrust toward interdisciplinary research at the boundaries of science, technology, social sciences and humanities.”

 
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HKBU gets its first ICA Fellow
At its Annual Conference in Paris on 28 May, Cherian George was inducted as a Fellow of the International Communication Association, a status that is meant to recognise distinguished scholarly contributions to the broad field of communication. The Department of Journalism professor (pictured with former ICA President Ang Peng Hwa) is HKBU’s first ICA Fellow.
Wei Ran (Professor, Chinese University of HK) is the other Hongkong-based scholar inducted this year. The territory’s other Fellows are Joseph M. Chan (Emeritus Professor, CUHK), Yi-Hui Christine Huang (Chair Professor, City U), Jonathan Zhu (Chair Professor, City U), and Francis Lee (Professor, CUHK).
OTHER RECOGNITION
Celine Yunya Song, K Hazel Kwon, Jianliang Yu, Xin Huang, and Shiying Li’s paper, “Curbing Profanity Online: A Network-based Diffusion Analysis of Profane Speech on Chinese Social Media”, first published in New Media & Society in 2020, has been awarded the best faculty paper by the Chinese Communication Association (CCA).

Mistura Adebusola Salaudeen was featured on the The J Word podcast to talk about her Journalism Practice article, “From Personal to Professional: Exploring the Influences on Journalists’ Evaluation of Citizen Journalism Credibility”. > Read and listen here
Movies to save our world
What do contemporary movies such as the Oscar-winning Parasite tell us about deeply unequal societies, social mobility, and crisis? Kenneth Paul Tan (Department of Journalism) suggests some answers in his new book Movies To Save Our World: Imagining Poverty, Inequality, and Environmental Destruction in the 21st Century (Penguin). Our video features Tan reading from his book.
Social Media at the Workplace:
Boon or Bane?
Jos Bartels (Department of Communication Studies) researches the bonding role of social media in organisations and the private social media usage of employees. His forthcoming publications include a chapter, “The role of social identity in organizational communication over time”, in the Handbook of Organizational Theory and Research (DeGruyter). We interviewed him about his work, as part of our series profiling researchers at the School of Communication and Film. > Read more
NEW PUBLICATIONS
Kara Chan Kara Chan and Qiqi Li Vincent Huang and Steve Zhongshi Guo
  • Zhong, Li, Vincent Huang, and Steve Guo. 2022. “Mobile Phone Paradox: A Two-Path Model Connecting Mobile Phone Use and Feeling of Loneliness for Filipino Domestic Workers in Hong Kong.” Mobile Media & Communication. https://doi.org/10.1177/20501579221077525.      
Vincent Huang
  • Huang, Vincent. 2022. “Information Experiences of Organisational Newcomers: Using Public Social Media for Organisational Socialisation.” Behaviour & Information Technology: 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1080/0144929X.2022.2070545.       
Keonyoung Park
  • Jiang, Hua, Yang Cheng, Keonyoung Park, and Wei Zhu. 2022. “Linking CSR Communication to Corporate Reputation: Understanding Hypocrisy, Employees’ Social Media Engagement and CSR-Related Work Engagement.” Sustainability 14(4): 2359. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14042359.    
Jingyuan Jolie Shi
  • Dai, Yue (Nancy), and Jingyuan Shi. 2022. “Vicarious Interactions in Online Support Communities: The Roles of Visual Anonymity and Social Identification.” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 27(3). https://doi.org/10.1093/jcmc/zmac006.  
  • Goh, Zhang Hao, Edson C. Tandoc, Charles Thomas Salmon, Hye Kyung Kim, and Jingyuan Shi. 2022. “Can Press Freedom Enhance the Effect of News Exposure on COVID-19 Health Beliefs? A Health Belief Model Perspective.” Health Communication: 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2022.2056981.  
Celine Yunya Song
  • Wang, Xiaohui, Yunya Song, and Youzhen Su. 2022. “Less Fragmented but Highly Centralized: A Bibliometric Analysis of Research in Computational Social Science.” Social Science Computer Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/08944393211058112.    
Stephanie Jean Tsang
  • Tsang, Stephanie Jean. 2022. “Predicting COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Hong Kong: Vaccine Knowledge, Risks from Coronavirus, and Risks and Benefits of Vaccination.” Vaccine: X 11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvacx.2022.100164.
  • Zhao, Xinyan, Stephanie Jean Tsang, and Sifan Xu. 2022. “Motivated Responsibility Attribution in a Pandemic: Roles of Political Orientation, Perceived Severity, and Construal Level.” International Journal of Communication 16: 23.
  • Tsang, Stephanie Jean. 2022. “Issue Stance and Perceived Journalistic Motives Explain Divergent Audience Perceptions of Fake News.” Journalism 23(4): 823–40. https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884920926002.
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