Yong Volz

Faculty Group Chair - Journalism Studies

Doctoral Faculty, Faculty Chair, Journalism Studies

Associate Professor

107 Neff Hall
Missouri School of Journalism
Columbia, MO 65211-1200


B.A. in journalism, Renmin University of China
M.A. in journalism, Renmin University of China
M.Phil. in communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Ph.D. in mass communication, minor in history, University of Minnesota

Areas of Expertise
  • Media History
  • Media Sociology

YONG Z. VOLZ (张咏) is the Roger Gafke Faculty Fellow and is chair of the Journalism Studies faculty.

Volz’s research centers on journalists and their place in society and history. Working primarily in the tradition of historical and comparative sociology, her research explores the formation of journalists as a distinctive occupational group, especially concerning gender and social stratification, accumulation of symbolic capital, career path and professional mobility, social movements, and the construction of collective identity. She has examined empirical cases spanning three centuries from both the United States and China. Her published work addresses the elite formation of U.S. foreign correspondents, gender disparities among Pulitzer Prize winners, American women journalists in the post-feminist era, pioneers in U.S. journalism education and their transcultural practices, Western missionary journalists in late nineteenth-century China, and the first generation of Chinese women journalists in the early twentieth century, among other topics.

Her extensive methodological repertoire encompasses qualitative, quantitative and historical, including oral histories, interviews, discourse analysis, archival research, quantitative content analysis, collective biography, and various forms of statistical analysis. Her work has appeared in journals such as Journalism, Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly,Media, Culture & Society, International Communication Gazette, American Journalism, and International Journal of Advertising.

Volz has earned top paper awards from AEJMC and won the Asian Journal of Communication Best Paper Award for International Communication Research.Since coming to Missouri, Volz has received a number of research fellowships, visiting scholarships and professorships from universities and institutions in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China. She was also a 2013-14 Reynolds Journalism Institute Faculty Fellow, during which time she completed an oral history project – Herstory – bringing to light the experiences of senior women journalists across the country (http://herstory.rjionline.org/).

Volz has an outstanding record of teaching/advising and service. At Missouri, she has served on more than 40 dissertation committees and almost 100 master’s thesis and project committees. She currently serves as Vice-President/President-Elect ofthe Chinese Communication Association and is on the advisory board for the Chinese Association for History of Journalism and Communication. She is also a former head of the History Division of AEJMC.

Her advising and service has been widely recognized: she was one of two recipients for the 2017 University of Missouri Alumnae Anniversary Faculty Award for her contributions to the education of women; she received a 2017 Outstanding Service Award from the Chinese Communication Association; she was the 2018 winner of Adviser of the Year from Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society for Journalism and Communication; and she received the 2020 Jordan Hoyt Tribute to Women Award for “contributing to an environment of equity, fairness and justice for women on campus.” She was also selected as the 2018-19 fellow of AEJMC Institute for Diverse Leadership.

Born in Beijing and raised in Shanghai, Volz received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Renmin University of China. She also received a master’s degree in communication from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a doctoral degree in mass communication with a minor in history from the University of Minnesota.

Reynolds Faculty Fellowships; Roger Gafke Faculty Fellow
Established in 2014 by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the Reynolds Faculty Fellowship was established to help recruit and retain talented faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism. The Fellowship provides support for scholarship and research, in addition to salary enhancement. Donald W. Reynolds was a 1927 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and spent his life building the Donrey Media Group, ultimately owning more than 100 enterprises in the newspaper, radio, television, cable television and outdoor advertising industries. The Foundation is allowing up to 50 third-party donors to create individual Fellowships. The Roger Gafke Faculty Fellow is named for Roger Gafke, the retired director of program development for the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and professor emeritus at the Missouri School of Journalism. The fellowship is a gift of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

Selected Publications

  • Lei Guo & Yong Volz (2020). “Toward a New Conceptualization of Journalistic Competency: An Analysis of U.S. Broadcasting Job Announcements,” Journalism and Mass Communication Educator (in press).
  • Yong Volz, Chin-Chuan Lee et al. (2020). “Roundtable: Internationalizing Media History: The Curious Case of China,” Historiography in Mass Communication, 6 (3): 39-62.
  • Yong Volz & Lei Guo (2019). “Making China Their ‘Beat’: A Collective Biography of U.S. Correspondents in China, 1900–1949,” American Journalism,36 (4): 437–
  • Teri Finneman & Yong Volz(2019). “Leading the Second Wave into the Third Wave:S. Women Journalists and Discursive Continuity of Feminism,” Feminist Media Studies, OnlineFirst. DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2019.1644658
  • Lei Guo and Yong Volz (2019). “(Re)Defining Journalistic Expertise in the Digital Transformation: A Content Analysis of Job Announcements,” Journalism Practice, 13 (10): 1294-1315.
  • Joy Jenkins, Yong Volz, et al. (2018). “Reconstructing Collective Professional Identity: A Case Study of a Women Journalist Association in the Post-Second Wave Feminist Movement in the United States,” Media, Culture & Society, 40 (4): 600-616.
  • Yong Volz, Maurine Beasley, et al. (2018). “Beyond Storytelling: How To Turn Oral History into Journalism History Scholarship,” Historiography in Mass Communication, 4 (4): 15-28.
  • Joy Jenkins and Yong Volz (2018), “Players and Contestation Mechanisms in the Journalism Field: A Historical Analysis of Journalism Awards, 1960s to 2000s,” Journalism Studies, 19 (7): 921-941.
  • Yong Volz (2017), “Beyond the Euro-American Sphere: Internationalizing Journalism History,” Historiography in Mass Communication, 3 (4): 5-15.
  • Yong Volz and Maria Len-Rios (2016), “Gender and the Media: Envisioning Equality,” in E. Perry and M. Len-Rios (eds), Cross- Cultural Journalism: Communicating Strategically About Diversity (New York: Routledge), pp. 85-118.
  • Yong Volz (2013) (Guest editor of special issue). “Journalism Awards As a Site of Contention in the Field of Journalism,” Chinese Journal of Communication, 6 (4) : 391-481.
  • Yong Volz and Francis Lee (2013). “What Does it Take for Women Journalists to Gain Professional Recognition? Gender Disparities among Pulitzer Prize Winners, 1917-2010,” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 90 (2): 248-266.
  • Yong Volz and Francis Lee (2013). “Who Wins the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting? Cumulative Advantage and Social Stratification in Journalism,” Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 14 (5): 587–605.
  • Yong Volz and Chin-Chuan Lee (2011). “Semi-Colonialism and Journalistic Sphere of Influence: British-American Press Competition in Early Twentieth-Century China,” Journalism Studies, 12 (5): 559-574.
  • Yong Volz (2011). “Patterns/Variations: Bridging Historicist and Historian Approaches in Journalism History,” Journal of Communication Research and Practice (in Chinese), 2 (1): 111-121.
  • Yong Volz (2011). “China’s Image Management Abroad, 1920s-1940s: Origin, Justification and Institutionalization,” in Jian Wang, ed., Soft Power in China: Public Diplomacy Through Communication (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 157-180.
  • Yong Volz, Francis Lee, Ge Xiao and Xianglin Liu (2010). “Critical Events and Reception of Foreign Culture: An Examination of Cultural Discount of Foreign-Language Films in the U.S. before and after 9/11,” International Communication Gazette, 72 (2): 131-149.
  • Shaoming Zou and Yong Volz (2010). “An Integrated Theory of Global Advertising: An Application of the GMS Theory,” International Journal of Advertising, 29 (1): 57-84.
  • Yong Volz and Chin-Chuan Lee (2009). “American Pragmatism and Chinese Modernization: Importing the Missouri Model of Journalism Education to Modern China,” Media, Culture & Society, 31 (5): 711-730.
  • Yong Volz and Chin-Chuan Lee (2009). “From Gospel to News: Evangelism and Secularization of the Protestant Missionary Press in China, 1870s-1900s,” Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, 10 (2): 170-194.
  • Yong Volz (2007). “Going Public Through Writing: Women Journalists and Gendered Journalistic Space in China, 1890s-1920s,” Media, Culture & Society, 29 (3): 461-481.
  • Yong Zhang (2004). “Public Opinion Without Public? State Democracy, Middle-Class Consumerism, and Survey Industry in Reform China,” Communication, Politics & Culture, 37 (2): 4-21.
  • Yong Zhang (2000). “From Masses to Audience: Changing Media Ideologies and Practices in Reform China,” Journalism Studies, 1 (4): 617-635.

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Updated: May 21, 2020