Dr Janet Lo wins the Top Faculty Paper at the International Communication Association annual conference.


盧惠嫻博士在國際傳播學會周年會議中獲頒最佳論文獎

Date: 18 Apr 2018 (Wednesday)

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Journalism scholar wins Top Faculty Paper at international conference

新聞系學者獲國際會議頒發最佳論文獎

Dr Janet Lo, Assistant Professor of the Department of Journalism, won the Top Faculty Paper in the Journalism Studies Division at the International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference with her research entitled “Who has a say in political election? Framing in the era of big data". 
 
The ICA annual conference is one of the largest and most prestigious conferences in the area of communication. Dr Lo is deeply honoured to receive the award and remarked that to be recognised by peers for work on something important is very special. She thanked her teammates for their work and effort. She added that she will continue to devote herself to her studies and hopes to contribute more to academic research.
 
The winning paper examines the news framing of the 2017 Hong Kong Chief Executive Election. Combining computational approach and the traditional methodology, the paper analyses over 370,000 articles, including news published in over 30 Chinese press media, four prominent Chinese online media, and posts published on three candidates’ Facebook pages within the election period. 
 
The study contributes to the literature by examining the rarely discussed transmedia news framing, especially the relationship between legacy print media, online alternative news media, and viewers’ comments on candidates’ social network sites. 
 
The findings provide evidence to support the argument that reporters, regardless of whether they are from traditional news media or online alternative news outlets, monitor political candidates’ Facebook pages regularly and use viewers’ comments in their news reports. Social media can thus empower politicians and individuals and shapes the frames of media. 
 
The paper was co-authored with Dr Meily Cheung and Dr Benson Lam of the Hang Seng Management College. 
 

新聞系助理教授盧惠嫻博士憑著論文「誰在政治選舉中更有話語權?大數據時代的框架設定」,在國際傳播學會周年會議的新聞研究組別中獲頒最佳論文獎。
 
國際傳播學會周年會議是業界最大型及最權威的會議。盧博士對獲奬感到十分榮幸,認為能得到業界同儕的認同,更是別具意義。她感謝合作夥伴的付出,並承諾會繼續努力,在學術上作更多貢獻。
 
獲獎論文檢視2017年香港特首選舉下的新聞框架設定,論文結合了電腦數據分析和傳統的方法,分析了超過37萬份在選舉期間的文章,包括超過30個中文新聞媒體,四個著名中文新聞網站和三位特首候選人面書上的網民留言。
 
論文透過分析各媒體之間的框架設定,特別在傳統紙媒、網上另類新聞媒體,以及社交媒體之間的關係。研究發現不論傳統的紙媒或者網上的另類新媒體記者,都會留意及引用網民在候選人面書的留言;社交網藉此令政客、網民有更大的話語權。
 
該論文由盧博士與恒生管理學院張美鳳博士和林樹仁博士合撰。