Lab Alumni Won Two Best Paper Awards from CAHJC

April 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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At the annual board meeting on April 21, the Chinese Association of History of Journalism and Communication (CAHJC), which is the national society of the field in China, elected the following two papers published by alumni of the Lab as the Best Papers of 2017:

Zhijin Zhong and Shujin Lin (2017, in Chinese). The emotional memories of the return of Hong Kong and Macau among web users in mainland China. Journalism and Communication Research, Issue 1.

Lun Zhang, Lu Zheng, & Tai-Quan Peng (2017). Structurally embedded news consumption on mobile news applications. Information Processing and Management, 53, 1242-1253.

Zhijin is a professor at Sun Yat-sen University and a graduate of the Lab in 2009. Lun is an associate professor at Beijing Normal University and a graduate from the Lab in 2011 and Taiquan Peng an associate professor at Michigan State University and graduate from Lab in 2008.

Computational Communication Division Successfully Formed under CAHJC

April 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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Jonathan Zhu of the Lab led a group of 60+ founding members from 20+ universities in China to obtain approval from Chinese Association of History of Journalism and Communication (CAHJC) at its annual board meeting in Xian on April 21, to establish a new division on computational communication research under the national society of the field in China. The approval resulted from a competitive bid, in which the board selected four out of six proposals after two rounds of voting. The computational division, formally known as Computational Communication Research Committee (CCRC), ranked No. 1 in both rounds.

In his oral presentation and defense before the election, Jonathan emphasized that CCRC serves as a bridge between classic quantitative and emerging computational methods, between academic basic research and industry applied research, and between scholars in China and elsewhere in the world.
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CCRC will hold it’s the first annual meeting in August at Beijing Normal University, with Jonathan to serve the inauguration chair.

Ten papers accepted for ICA 2018

January 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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The 68th Annual ICA conference will be held on May 24-28, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic. Ten papers by lab members are selected for presentation on the coming conference, which has an acceptance rate of 30% this year. The titles of the papers are listed below:

Peng, T. Q., Zhu, J. J. H., & Chen, H. X. (2018). Re-explicating mobile phone use as a sequential process (for Computational Methods Interest Group)

Bae, A. & Peng, T. Q. (2018). Congressional communication networks on various social issues (for Computational Methods Interest Group)

Zhang, L., Wu, Y., Wang, S. F., & Lin, Z. Z. (2018). Online Ballot Stuffing: Influence of Self-boosting Manipulation on Rating Dynamics in Online Rating Systems (for Computational Methods Interest Group)

Zhang, X., Zhang, L., Zhang, M., Liu, Y., He, W., & Zhou, W. (2018). Monkey King, Naruto, and Mickey Mouse: Mapping the co-consumption network of animation protagonists in China (for Computational Methods Interest Group)

Wang, C. J., Chen, Z. C., & Chao, N. (2018). Leveraging the Flow of Collective Attention for Computational Communication Research (for Computational Methods Interest Group)

Hilbert, M., Barnett, G., Blumenstock, J., Diesner, J., Frey, S., Lamberson, P. J., Shen, C., Smaldino, P., Waldherr, A., Zhan, J. W., & Zhu, J. J. H. (2018). Computational communication science: A methodological catalyzer for a maturing discipline (for Computational Methods Interest Group)

Zhou, Y. & Yang, Y. (2018). Mapping contentious discourse in China: Activists’ discursive strategies and their coordination with media (for Activism, Communication and Social Justice Interest Group)

Song, J. & Jiang, S. (2018). Framing, psychological distance, and audience perception: An experiment on perception of The Belt and Road by Chinese and UAE students (for “Conceptualizing the New Silk Road as Communication” pre-conference)

Zhong, Z. J., Liu, K., & Xie, X. (2018). How Medic–Patient Communication and Relationship Influence Chinese Patients’ Medication Adherence (for Health Communication Division)

Guan, L., Zhang, Y. F., & Zhu, J. J. H. (2018). Impact of Self-Interest, Peer Influence and Global Popularity on Blogging Activities (for Computational Methods Interest Group)

Lab Members Played Active Roles at CCR2017 in Nanjing

September 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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The 2nd Annual Conference and Workshops of Computational Communication Research (CCR 2017) was held at Nanjing University on September 22-21, 2017. The event was jointly organized by School of Journalism and Communication, Nanjing University; Baidu; Social Media Processing Committee of Chinese Information Processing Society of China; Centre for Communication Research and Web Ming Lab, City University of Hong Kong. About 100 scholars and students in communication, computer science, and other computing related disciplines in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and elsewhere participated in the conference and workshops.
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The conference includes workshops, presentations, and poster sessions. The workshops lasted a one-and-a-half days, with two parallel themes on “Network Approaches to Information Diffusion” and “Text Data Mining”, respectively. The workshops attracted a large number of young researchers and students interested in computing communication research. Yixin Zhou of Web Mining Lab participated in the workshops and contributed a paper on “Influence between emerging adult offline and online friendships: the moderating role of personality” to the poster session.
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Several other members of the Lab also play an active role in CCR 2017. Three graduates of the Lab, including Dr. Chengjun Wang (currently an associate professor at Nanjing University), Dr. Lun Zhang (an associate professor at Beijing Normal University), and Dr. Zhenzhen Wang (a data scientist at Tencent) served the instructors of the workshops. Chengjun was also the chief organizer of the conference. As a co-chair of the conference, Prof. Jonathan Zhu delivered a keynote speech on “Rich mines, poor mines, and pitfalls in computational communication research”.
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Jonathan Keynoted at the largest Communication Conference in mainland China

August 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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In his speech at the annual conference of Chinese Association for History of Journalism and Mass Communication (CAHJC) on Aug 18, Jonathan Zhu of the Lab focused on theoretical contributions that computational methods have made to communication research.  In particular, computational communication research provides large-scale and verifiable behavioral evidence to two core theories of communication – the nature of audience and the size of media effects – which have been debated for more than half a century.

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CAHJC is the parental organization of a dozen journalism/communication associations in the mainland ranging from journalism practice to new media research.  Held on Aug 18-19 in Zhengzhou, Henan, CAHJC 2017 was the first time when all of the associations held their annual conferences under the same roof.  With more than 1,000 attendants, the conference set the record in the discipline in mainland China.

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