Dr Yan Wu

While completing my MA degree in International Journalism in Beijing (1995 -1998), I worked as an intern journalist for both the Xinhua News Agency and China Central Television. I was also regularly contributing feature stories for national broadsheet newspapers including The Guangming Daily, The Legal Daily, China Business Times and China Daily (in English). I worked four years as a lecturer in International Journalism at the Communication University of China after graduation.

Granted an Overseas Research Students Award, I came to Wales in 2002. While completing my PhD at Cardiff University, I was assisting teaching on two core undergraduate modules and also worked for an EU-sponsored project, POLITIS: Building Europe with New Citizens? (2005-2006) and the ESRC-funded project, ‘Always On’: Continuous Broadband and Household Dynamics (2007). I moved to take up my current post as Lecturer in Media Studies at Swansea University in August 2007.

Currently, I coordinate the MA Comparative Journalism apart from delivering teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I would welcome applications from candidates who are interested in developing their knowledge and understanding of the role of journalism in a global context and how information communication technologies have reshaped journalism as a profession.

I also welcome applications from doctoral candidates who wish to work in the fields of global media and comparative journalism, or any area of media and the public sphere, computer-mediated communication, and migration and communication.


  1. & A new hope? Experiences of accessibility of services in deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences post-digital television switchover. International Journal of Digital Television 6(3), 347-366.
  2. & ‘Crafting Self-Identity in a Virtual Community’. Multicultural Education & Technology Journal 1(4), 238-258.
  3. & ‘China Central Television’s Globalisation Strategy and Its Impact on the World Communication Order’. Modern Communication 5, 42-45.
  4. ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous… and Remain Voiceless’. Feminist Media Studies 9(3), 374-378.

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  • MS-200 Theorising the Media

    The principle aim of the course is to enable examination of a diverse range of modern media theories to probe their relevance to our everyday lives: how far do they further our understanding of the role and influence of media and communication? Each lecture will assist in developing a critical perspective on a major theorist or major theme which binds together a school of thought. Every effort will be made to trace the evolution of theoretical perspectives as they emerge over time and to encompass the various foci which gain prominence as attention shifts from effects to reception, from indoctrination to active resistance and empowerment and the new postmodern information age holds sway.

  • MS-302 Media, Gender and Sexuality

    This module looks at the history of research on gender and media and the theoretical approaches that informed this research. Students are encouraged to think critically about the ever changing representations of gender and sexuality in a range of different media and the interpretation and use of different media among different audience groups.

  • MS-311 Dissertation

    This dissertation enables students to engage in long term, in-depth research on a topic of their choice subject to the approval of the Department.

  • MSJM01 Global Media

    This module provides an overview of the structure and political economy of global communication. It considers the implications of global infrastructure on international news flow.

  • MSJM11 Development Communication

    This module introduces some of the issues and problems involved in using the mass media to promote development, including the issues of nation building, social inequality, health care and provision, population control and economic growth; provides an overview of the theory and practice of development communication and examines the effectiveness of mass media campaigns as well as alternative forms of development communication.

  • MSJM15 Journalism Project or Dissertation

    This module enables students to bring together their practical and theoretical understanding of journalism in an independent project which includes practice, analysis and reflection.


  • Nigeria’s political campaign practices in transition: Understanding the use of the web technologies in an unfamiliar culture. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Wall
  • 'China's Dream', mass media and public diplomacy. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Kevin Williams
  • Women writers in literary journalism: Edna Staebler in context (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Brigid Haines
  • '''Media Representation of Conflict:Sudan national Media Representation of the Darfur Conflict.''' (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Krijn Peters
  • Young People, Media and Social Activism: A case study of Occupy Central Movement 2014 in Hong Kong. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Rhys Jones
  • Internet-mediated Political Mobilization in China: The case of Environmental Politics (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Gerard Clarke