Broadcasting and Journalism

Yong Tang, Ph.D.

Yong Tang

Associate Professor
Office: 316 Sallee Hall
Office Hours by appointment

Dr. Yong Tang is a tenured professor of journalism and media law at Western Illinois University (WIU). Tang has been appointed Director of the WIU Journalism Program starting July 2015.

Since he came to WIU in August 2011, Tang has taught a wide range of conceptual and skills courses such as mass media law and ethics, mass communication research methods, international communication and foreign press, problems of contemporary mass communications, history of mass communications, multimedia editing, magazine and newspaper feature writing, reporting for mass media, and digital media skills for journalists and public relations professionals. For the digital media skills course, Tang teaches students how to deliver news and information to a global audience via multiplatform storytelling, social media, and data visualization.

Tang's major areas of research are First Amendment, freedom of information, media law and policy, international journalism, global media studies, Chinese press, and politics. Since 2011, Tang has presented more than 10 scholarly papers to various divisions of AEJMC, AEJMC Southeast Colloquium, ICA and NCA annual conventions and elsewhere. He was an invited panelist at the 2014 AAS (Association for Asia Studies)-in-Asia Singapore Conference. His articles appear in many peer-reviewed journals such as International Journal of Communication, Journal of Media Law and Ethics, Journal of Information Policy, Communication, Culture & Critique, Chinese Journal of Communication, and tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique.

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 politically influential newspaper in the People's Republic of China. From August 1995 to January 2004,he worked for the publication as an international news editor in Beijing. From February 2004 to August 2007, Tang worked in the newspaper's Washington, D.C. bureau as a correspondent. He published many face-to-face and one-on-one interviews with high-profile newsmakers such as former President Jimmy Carter, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, the Washington Post Managing Editor Philip Bennett, and General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner. Drawing upon his unique reporting and writing experiences as a foreign correspondent in the world capital of news, Tang published in 2014 in Beijing a four-volume Chinese-language book America Through the Eyes of Yong Tang [走马西来欲到天:唐勇看美国].

In Fall 2019 and Spring 2020, Dr. Tang spent a year on sabbatical leave working at Hong Kong Baptist University School of Communication, one of the largest and most prestigious journalism schools in Asia. As a visiting scholar there, Dr. Tang taught media law and journalism courses and gathered data for his book projects.


  • WIU College of Fine Arts & Communication Dean’s Award for Excellence in Internationalizing the Campus (2018)
  • Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professor in Social Media Program (2017)
  • WIU President’s Award for Excellence in Diversity Service (2017)
  • WIU College of Fine Arts & Communication Dean’s Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Professional Activities (2017)
  • WIU Annual Professional Achievement Award (2017, 2015, 2014)
  • WIU College of Fine Arts and Communication Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2016)
  • China Enyang High School Outstanding Alumni Award (2015)
  • Chinese Communication Association Outstanding Service Award (2015)
  • Faces of Penn State (2013)
  • Top 50 Journalism Professor from (2012)
  • AEJMC First Place Faculty Paper Award (2012)
  • AEJMC Best Research Scholar-to-Scholar Presentation Award (2011)
  • China News Award (2004)

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Mass Communications, Pennsylvania State University
M.A. in International Policy and Practice, George Washington University
Ph.D. in International Journalism, Communication University of China
B.A in English Reporting and Editing, China School of Journalism
B.A. in English Language and Literature, Sichuan International Studies University

Professional Affiliations (past and present)

Member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
Member of the International Communication Association (ICA)
Member of the National Communication Association (NCA)
Member of the Chinese Communication Association (CCA)
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
Member of Phi Kappa Phi National Scholastic Honor Society (Phi Kappa Phi)

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