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Conversations with two generations of data journalists at the Los Angeles Times


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Over the entrance to the Los Angeles Times headquarters hangs a banner with the newspaper’s promise to the world: REAL JOURNALISM, REAL IMPACT. When I visited in April 2018, the paper was still quietly situated in its historic downtown Los Angeles headquarters, right next to the City Hall and the Grand Park. Three months later, the paper moved out of its historic downtown building to a facility near Los Angeles International Airport, bringing itself closer to the rest of the nation in the latest episode in a series of ownership changes that have been going on for decades. I went there in search of a pair of data journalists, Doug Smith and Ben Welsh, who relayed to me a remarkable story of the evolution of data journalism in recent decades.

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Book Review: Reporting in the MENA Region/Cyber Engagement and Pan-Arab Social Media


Citation: Du, Y. R. (2017, September 1). [Review of the book Reporting in the MENA Region: Cyber Engagement and Pan-Arab Social Media, by M. Ayish & N. Mellor]. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 94(3), 923-924.

The Arab Uprisings, or so called “Arab Spring,” which swept across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the past several years, is regarded as one of the most significant events of the new millennium. Social media is said to have played an unprecedented role in the revolutionary waves within the Arab world and has gained considerable academic attention worldwide. However, there has been little discussion from a professional journalistic perspective. To date, very few contributions were published regarding the role of social media in pan-Arab newsrooms. Situated in the years surrounding the Arab Uprisings, Mohammad Ayish and Noha Mellor’s Reporting in the MENA Region: Cyber Engagement and Pan-Arab Social Media has filled this gap. Continue reading

Book Review: Data Journalism, Mapping the Future


Citation: Du, Y. R. (2014, August 18). [Review of the book Data journalism: Mapping the future, by J. Mair & R. L. Keeble (eds)]. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 91(3), 599-600.


With vast amounts of data now openly accessible online, and the new infographic technologies available to visualize data, news media are increasingly making use of these valuable mines of data to source and produce their stories. Data journalism – the use of numerical data in the production and distribution of news – is an emerging subarea in our field but so far little has been written about it. Scholarly narratives on data journalism are still rare, not to mention published books devoted to this subject. The January 2014 release of Data Journalism: Mapping the future is a welcome addition to this nascent body of literature, after the seminal Data Journalism Handbook (2012). Continue reading

The Time Capsule – Letter to My Son

My dear Ben Ben,

I wrote this letter for you, at the beginning of your 5th grade. By the time you open this time capsule, another busy school year will have come to closure and you will be a year older. Perhaps you will have no time to read my letter as you will then have many of your own priorities, such as getting ready for another super exciting summer excursion.

Time flies. It is hard to believe that the 7 lbs baby is now a 5th grader, a Taekwondo Black Belter, playing classical music, and talking about many things that I have never heard of, especially when it comes to science and social studies. Along the way, you have made me so happy and proud.

The year of 5th grade will pass by quickly, before you realize it. I hope you will be happy, healthy, and productive as always. I hope you will be enjoying every day. You will be learning many new things from the school projects. You will make new friends. You will start to play violin, along with piano.

Life is uncertain – no one knows what is going to happen for sure. But one thing I am always sure of – no matter what grade you are in and how old you are, you are always my adorable baby, my darling. Life will make you too busy to cherish your present time, but some day you will be old enough to start missing your childhood. You may then want to find back this letter, but no one can guarantee its forever existence. It will probably be nowhere to trace, but I shall still be your affectionate mother.



Data News in the Pulitzers

(This is a repost from Comunicar – Media Education Research Journal. Find the original here https://comunicarjournal.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/data-news-in-the-pulitzers/)

The Pulitzers are now in their centennial year. A hundred years is a long way to go. Along the way, there are milestones that are remembered. One in 2012, marked by Huffington Post. Its military correspondent David Wood won in the National Reporting category with his 10-part series “Beyond the Battlefields”. That milestone celebrates the first win for the then seven-year-old Huffington Post and evidences the Pulitzer committee’s recognition of online-only news. As the president and editor-in-chief of the “paper” Arianna Huffington commented, it was an affirmation that great journalism could thrive on the Web. Continue reading

Journal Articles (refereed)

Du, Y. R., Zhu, L., & Yang, F. (2018). A movement of varying faces: How “Occupy Central” was framed in the news in Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China, the UK, and the U.S. International Journal of Communication, 12, 1-22.

Zhu, L., & Du, Y. R. (2018). Interdisciplinary learning in journalism: A Hong Kong study of data journalism education. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 28(1), 16-37.

 Du, Y. R., & Li, L. (2017). When press freedom meets national interest: How terrorist attacks are framed in China and the U.S. Global Media and China, 2(3-4), 284-302.

 Du, Y. R. (2017). Tinted revolutions in prismatic news: Ideological influences in Greater China’s reporting on the role of social media in the Arab Uprisings. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism.

Du, Y. R. (2016). Same events, different stories: Internet censorship in the Arab Spring seen from China. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 93(1), 99-117.

Du, Y. R. & Lo, S. C. (2014). The gap between journalism education and practice in the digital age: A Hong Kong study. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 69(4), 415-434.

Du, Y. R. (2014). What is needed vs. what is taught: Students’ perception of online journalism course in Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 24(2), 225-237.

Du, Y. R. (2013). Journalism in the trend towards new media: A 16 years longitudinal study. Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies, 2(3), 471-488.

Du, Y. R., & Cheng, K. L. (2013). Framing the 2011 Egyptian Revolution within ideological boundaries: One incident, three stories. International Communication Research Journal, 48(3-4), 27-51.

Du, Y. R., & Wong, W. J. (2013). Greater newspaper use increases agreement on public issues. Newspaper Research Journal, 34(3), 60-71.

Du, Y. R. (2013). Intermedia agenda-setting in the age of globalization: A multinational agenda-setting test. Global Media and Communication, 9(1), 19-36.

Du, Y. R., & Thornburg, R. (2011). The gaps between online journalism education and practice: The twin surveys. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 66(3), 218-230.

Tran, H., Mahmood, R., Du, Y. R., & Khrapavitski, A. (2011). Linking measures of global press freedom to development and culture: Implications from a comparative analysis. International Journal of Communication, 5, 170-191.

Li, C., Kalyanaraman, S, & Du, Y. R. (2011). Moderating effect of collectivism on customized communication: An exploratory study with tailored and targeted messages. Asian Journal of Communication, 21(6), 575-594.

Du, Y. R. (2011). Journalism and mass communication in the trend toward convergence: A content analysis of 2010-2011 faculty hiring announcements. Web Journal of Mass Communication Research, 39.

Du, Y. R. (2009). Hiring trends in journalism and mass communication: A content analysis of faculty position advertisements with a new media emphasis. Electronic Journal of Communication, 19(1-2).


Book Chapters/Book Reviews (invited)

Du, Y. R. (in press). Intermedia agenda setting effects. In P. Roessler (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Media Effects. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Du, Y. R. (2014, August 18). [Review of the book Data journalism: Mapping the future, by J. Mair & R. L. Keeble (eds)]. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 91(3), 599-600.

Du, Y. R. (2013). Presidential rhetoric and news rhetoric. In R. P. Hart (ed.), The language of public affairs: Computational research with Diction (pp. 262-274). Hershey, PA: IGI-Global.