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Yong Tang

Assistant Professor
Journalism and Mass Media Law

Office 226G Simpkins Hall: 309-298-1948
Office hours TT 2-3:30, W 2-3 (SP14)


Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. in mass communications-The Pennsylvania State University (2012)
  • Master's degree in international policy and practice-The George Washington University (2008)
  • Ph.D. in international journalism-The Communication University of China (2004)
  • Bachelor's degree in English reporting and editing-China School of Journalism (1995)
  • Bachelor's degree in English language and literature-Sichuan International Studies University (1993)


Professional Affiliations:

  • Member of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 
  • Member of International Communication Association (ICA)
  • Member of Chinese Communication Association (CCA)



Dr. Yong Tang is a tenure-track assistant professor of journalism and mass media law at Western Illinois University (WIU). Since his employment at WIU in August 2011, Tang has taught JOUR231 (Reporting for Mass Media I), JOUR232 (Reporting for Mass Media II), JOUR417 (Laws of Mass Communications), JOUR415 (Communication Research Methods) and JOUR410 (International Communication and Foreign Press). Tang also has strong interest in teaching other journalism skills courses such as online journalism, social media and data visualization.

Tang's major areas of research are mass media law and policy, freedom of information, international journalism and global media studies. Since 2011, Tang has presented nearly 10 peer-reviewed papers to various divisions of AEJMC and ICA annual conferences. His articles appear frequently in journalistic publications and peer-reviewed academic journals such as Journal of Modern Communication (in Chinese), Chinese Journal of  Communication, and tripleC-Cognition, Communication, Co-operation.

Before joining the WIU faculty, Tang  worked as an award-winning  professional journalist for nearly 15 years for People's Daily, the largest and most prestigious newspaper in the People’s Republic of China. From August 1995 to January 2004, he was  an international news editor in Beijing. From February 2004 to August 2007, Tang worked as a Washington, D.C.-based foreign correspondent for the  publication. He published many face-to-face and one-on-one interviews with influential American people such as former President Jimmy Carter, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner.

Tang’s list of honors includes Professional Achievement Award from Western Illinois University (2014), Faces of Penn State (2013), Top 50 Journalism Professors in 2012 by (2012), First Place Faculty Paper Award from  AEJMC Law and Policy Division (2012), Best Research Scholar-to-Scholar Presentation Award from AEJMC Law and Policy Division (2011), Penn State University Gene and Fran Goodwin Journalism Scholarship (2010), Penn State University Graduate Fellowship (2009), George Washington  University Freeman Fellowship (2007) and China Journalism Award (2004).


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