Zhang Wei (Professor)
For many years, Zhang was a journalist for Beijing Review, the most prominent English news weekly in China. He won several Chinese national awards including the Golden Shield Literature Prize for Escape from Hokkaido in 1985 and the Chinese Youth Daily Best Feature Story for the investigative reporting Commercial Hotels: Rise and Fall in 1987. In early 1990s, He studied at the University of Sydney, where he obtained an MA. In 1993, He was awarded an Australian Government scholarship and studied at the University of Technology, Sydney obtaining a PhD in journalism in 1996. He worked as the Chief Editor for Golf Magazine (Beijing) and was appointed as professor of journalism and director of Centre for Australian Studies at Hebei University and then professor of journalism and director of Centre for International Communication Studies at Nanjing University. In 2005, he established the centre for Environmental Journalism & International Communication Studies as well as the centre for Australian Studies at Shandong University, Weihai, where he was the director for both centres and professor of journalism until Summer 2014.
Professor Zhang’s research interests include cross-culture studies, international communication studies, Australia China relations and environmental journalism. His book Politics and Freedom of the Press (Sydney: Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, UTS, 1997) is suggested as the “first comprehensive and analytical work in the field of comparative journalism between Australia and China” (The Independent Daily). His book Comparative Journalism: Methodology and Case Studies (Guangzhou: Southern Daily Press, 2002) received the Nanjing University Excellence Award for Academic Works in social sciences in 2004 and his book The Mass Media in Australia (Beijing: Peking University press 2003) won the Australia-China Council Book Prize 2003-04. His award wining projects include translation project of The Story of Sydney Chinese by Dr Shirley Fitzgerald (The City Council of Sydney, 1999); translation project of Citizens: Flowers and the Wide Sea by Eric Rolls (Australian Council for the Arts, 2000) and research project of Environmental Journalism: Australia, China and the World (The Australia China Council Competitive Project 2003-04). Zhang’s latest work W.H.Donald: Adventure of An Australian in Modern China (Tsinghua University Press 2013) won the ACC book prize in 2014
Professor Zhang acted as an editor for the ACBC sponsored annual publication Australia China Business 2006, 2007 and 2008 (Chinese editions) and is the chief editor for China Environmental Journalism Studies Net (http://ejic.wh.sdu.edu.cn) and he is currently professor of journalism and director of Australian Studies Centre of Shantou University.