Yong Volz

Associate Professor

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


YONG Z. VOLZ (张 咏) is the Roger Gafke Faculty Fellow and is a member of the Journalism Studies faculty.

Her research centers on the concept of transculturation and concerns the history and development of journalism – both as a discursive practice and a social institution – in the U.S. and China. One stream of her research especially addresses how journalism took shape in China with Western influences in the late 19th and earlier 20th centuries. She has also written on the impact of the 9/11 attack on Americans’ reception of foreign-language films, social stratification and the ultra-elite of U.S. foreign correspondents, and gender disparities among Pulitzer Prize winners. Volz was a 2013-14 RJI fellow, during which she conducted an oral history project – Herstory – with senior women journalists across the country.

Volz has earned three top paper awards from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She won the Asian Journal of Communication Best Paper Award for International Communication Research, and a Top Paper Award from the Chinese Communication Association. Since coming to Missouri, Volz has been a summer research fellow at City University of Hong Kong and at the Cheng She-wo Institute for Chinese History in Taiwan. She was also among one of 12 scholars from multiple humanities and social science disciplines in the United States to receive a generous research grant in 2011-12 from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

Volz teaches an undergraduate course in history of American journalism and graduate courses in qualitative methods, advanced qualitative methods, and media history. She also developed a course on Chinese media.

Born in Beijing and raised in Shanghai, Volz received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from People’s University of China. She also received a master’s degree 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.

Book Chapters

  • Yong Z. Volz, “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, 2011), pp. 157-180.
  • Yong Z. Volz, “‘Truth Will Make Us Free’: Chinese Intellectuals and the Censorship Campaign Against the Foreign Press,” in C. C. Lee (ed., in Chinese), To Serve the Nation: Journalists as Prisms of Chinese Press History (Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2013), pp. 285-324.

Refereed Publications

  • Yong Z. Volz & 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 Z. Volz & Francis Lee (2012). “Who Wins the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting? Cumulative Advantage and Social Stratification in Journalism,” Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. (OnlineFirst: DOI: 10.1177/1464884912455905), 1-19.
  • Yong Z. 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. A revised and expanded Chinese version of the above article was published in Chinese Journal of Communication and Society 17 (2011): 165-190.
  • Yong Z. 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 Z. 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 Z. Volz (2010). “An Integrated Theory of Global Advertising: An Application of the GMS Theory,” International Journal of Advertising, 29 (1): 57-84.
  • Yong Z. 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. A substantially revised Chinese version of the article was published in Lee, C.C. (ed.), Wen Xue Lun Zheng (Intellecutals cum Political Commentators in Republican China) Intellectuals and the Press in Republican China (Guangxi: Guangxi Normal University Press, 2008, pp. 281-309; Taipei: National Chengchi University Press, 2009, pp. 321-351).
  • Yong Z. 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 Z. 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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