Welcome! I am Xinzhi Zhang. This is my personal website.
I am a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Journalism of Hong Kong Baptist University. My research areas include comparative political communication, new media and social change, new media and public health, and digital journalism. As a social scientist by training, I am expending the research repertoire to computational social science and digital humanities. I have published 17 peer-reviewed academic research articles (14 SCI/SSCI journals), all since 2012, on journals such as Computers in Human Behavior, Digital Journalism, International Political Science Review, International Journal of Communication, Telecommunications Policy, International Communication Gazette, and Policy & Internet.
Currently I serve as the Programme Director of Data and Media Communication Concentration, an interdisciplinary concentration jointly offered by the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Journalism. I have taught several interdisciplinary courses on digital media, multimedia storytelling, and the application of data science in media communication, such as Multimedia Communication, Communication Theory, Issues and Cases in Mass Communication, Languages, Cultures, and Communication, Social Media Data Acquisition and Processing with Python (Course Repo), and workshops on Python programming (Workshop Repo) and data-driven journalism. I supervise undergraduate final year projects (honours projects) and postgraduate research projects.
Before joining the Baptist U in 2016, I was a Lecturer and the Co-Convener of the Academic Discipline of Humanities at the School of Professional Education and Executive Development at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2014-16). I obtained Ph.D. in Media and Communication (2013) and M.A. with Distinction in Communication and New Media (2009) from the Department of Media and Communication at City University of Hong Kong.
Besides scholarly activities, I am a keen lover of classic music, films, and stage drama. I play piano and jazz drum.
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