UTSA presents Oct. 25 talks on Chinese media

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Oct. 24, 2007)--The UTSA Department of Communication will present a seminar, "Demystifying News in China," from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 25 in Business Building Room 3.04.06 at the 1604 Campus. The seminar will be simulcast to Frio Street Building Room 2.506 at the Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Presented as part of the international communication course (COM 3563.001-901) taught by Viviana Rojas, UTSA assistant professor of communication, two speakers will discuss the Chinese news media: Juyan Zhang, UTSA assistant professor of communication, will speak on "Trends in China's News Media" and UT Austin doctoral candidate John Jirik will speak on "The Challenge of Chinese News."

For more information, contact Viviana Rojas at (210) 458-7726.


About the speakers

Juyan Zhang earned a Ph.D. in journalism at University of Missouri-Columbia, an M.L. degree in international relations from Beijing University and a B.L. degree in international politics from Renmin University of China. He taught at the Department of Communication, Monmouth University, from 2003 to 2007.

Before moving to the United States in 2000, Zhang was a journalist in South China. He was a freelance reporter for Washington Observer Weekly, a news magazine that relies on first-hand interviews to report American foreign policies, socioeconomic development, trends in U.S. politics and Sino-U.S. relations.

His teaching and research interests include public relations, international communication, journalism and media analysis. His research focuses on public diplomacy, or public relations by national governments in international relations. Zhang has published papers and book chapters in Public Relations Review, Journal of Communication Management and Newspaper Research Journal, among others.

John Jirik earned an M.A. degree in communication at University of Leicester in the UK. His research focuses on global and international news theory and practice with an emphasis on China and global news agencies. He argues that China's broadcast media are creating a distinct form of news by combining Western and Chinese practices.

He was a senior consultant/producer and foreign expert with China Central Television (CCTV) in Beijing from 1999 to 2005. Previously, he served as a producer with Reuters Television, Asia and Russia, and was an editor for the Moscow bureau of NBC News.

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