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Tang, right, receives his letter of appointment from the college's dean.
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Yong Tang Appointed Visiting Professor of SWUFE in China

January 26, 2015

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MACOMB, IL - Western Illinois University journalism and media law Professor Yong Tang has been appointed a visiting/guest professor at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE), a prominent university in China.

As a national key university under direct administration of the Ministry of Education, SWUFE is one of the most prestigious universities in China. It is located in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province, China. The university was originally founded as the Shanghai Guanghua University in 1925. The institution has partnered with nearly 100 prestigious universities and entities from overseas.

Tang visited Chengdu in December, where he delivered two lectures and received his letter of appointment. Tang also talked with School of Humanities/General Education faculty and students about his journalistic experience, U.S. journalism and mass media laws.

As Faculty Ambassador for International Recruitment (China), Tang introduced Western and its programs to professors and students at SWUFE.

The visiting professor appointment went into effect starting in December. The contract is renewable every three years.

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. He teaches media law and journalism skills courses.

Tang's awards and honors include Western Illinois University Professional Achievement Award (2014), Faces of Penn State (2013), Top 50 Journalism Professors from (2012), AEJMC First Place Faculty Paper Award (2012), AEJMC Best Research Scholar-to-Scholar Presentation Award (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 News Awards (2004).

Before joining the WIU faculty, Tang worked as an award-winning professional journalist for nearly 15 years for the "People's Daily," the largest and most politically influential newspaper in the People's Republic of China. From 2004 to 2007, Tang worked as a correspondent in the newspaper's Washington, D.C. bureau.

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