Yan Su

Yan Su
Peking University | PKU · School of Journalism and Communication

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism & Communication at Peking University, China. My research orbits the application of media effects theories in the digital context, emerging media and democracy, and computational social science. Recently, I have been focusing on the relationships between social media messages and health perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors, as well as the network and intermedia agenda setting effects across legacy and social media.

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Misinformation and misperceptions about COVID-19 have undermined democratic system. Partisan media are regarded as one of the culprits for facilitating the spread of misinformation. Grounded in the extended communication mediation model, this study analyzes a U.S. survey sample and examines the conditional indirect effects of partisan media use on...
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One of the primary areas of communication research is media effects (Neuman & Guggenheim, 2011), and agenda-setting theory falls within this broader area of research. Over the years, media agenda-setting research has examined how the mass media influences the public agenda with the day-to-day selection of news (McCombs, 2005; McCombs & Shaw, 1972)....
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Purpose In the current media landscape where misinformation circulation becomes a primary threat to public health and society's intellectual well-being, incidental news exposure's role in influencing misperceptions and misinformation engagement remains under-explored. Moreover, less is known regarding how and to what extent personal factors such as...
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This study analyzed a survey sample from China and investigated how (1) news interest, (2) affordance utilization, and (3) friending were associated with consumptive news feed curation (CNFC), a practice of selective exposure, as well as the ways in which these associations were mediated and moderated by psychological factors. Findings showed that...
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新冠病毒溯源是一个处于被政治化过程中的全球健康议题。本研究从反霸权新闻的视角出发,选取西方主流媒体:美国有线电视新闻网和非西方国际新闻传播机构:中国国际电视台、半岛电视台英文台、今日俄罗斯作为研究对象,以信源分析、框架分析等方法,分析4家媒体自新冠肺炎疫情暴发以来,其在病毒溯源相关报道的报道声量、报道信源和报道框架等方面的异同。研究发现,美国有线电视新闻网在选取报道信源时注意到了客观平衡,但较少使用“建设性—行政理性(合作)”框架,体现出较高超的报道操纵水平;中国国际电视台无论从报道信源还是报道框架上,都注重将病毒溯源引回科学轨道;半岛电视台英文台当议题与其主要资助方关联性较低的情况下,报道体现出更为客观、科学的特点;今日俄罗斯的报道则是4家新闻机构中最具政治色彩的。反霸权新闻在新冠病毒溯源...
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The rise of social media has engendered several debates over traditional media's agenda-setting power. This study analyzes 4189 newspaper articles and over 1.23 million tweets about the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement from the perspective of network intermedia agenda-setting (IAS). The findings show that both platforms attach significance to the s...
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Purpose This study has three main purposes: (1) to investigate the association between social media news use and misperceptions about COVID-19; (2) to explore the mediating role of homogeneous online discussion; (3) and to understand whether the extent to which one perceives themselves as media-literate could moderate the relationship. Design/meth...
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Fake information about COVID-19 continues to circulate widely, including false causes and cures. The current study examined the (a) relationship between information gathering sources and misperceptions; (b) association between literacy variables and misperceptions; and (c) the moderating role of political ideology on these relationships. Conservati...
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Purpose News consumption is critical in creating informed citizenry; however, in the current context of media convergence, news consumption becomes more complex as social media becomes a primary news source rather than news media. The current study seeks to answer three questions: why the shifted pattern of news seeking only happens to some but not...
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On a regular day, individuals can consume news and information on purpose as well as accidently. Incidental news exposure (INE) can be critical for an informed citizenry, but individuals can also encounter misinformation and disinformation accidently. Misinformation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic has made headlines, and such fake information con...
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Misinformation circulation has arguably reached a peak during the COVID-19 pandemic, creating an “infodemic” that severely endangers public health and well-being. Using a moderated mediation model, a survey of 712 respondents from China reveals that social media information seeking is positively associated with COVID-19 misperceptions, while need f...
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Building upon extant research on the reasoned action approach and message sidedness, this study investigates the persuasive effects of one-sided and two-sided social media messages on the attitude about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in the context of misinformation. Results of a controlled experiment (N = 251) indicated that compared to th...
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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, misinformation has been circulating on social media and multiple conspiracy theories have since become quite popular. We conducted a U.S. national survey for three main purposes. First, we aim to examine the association between social media news consumption and conspiracy beliefs specific to COVID-19 an...
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, various conspiracy theories have been circulating through social media platforms. Scholars have raised concerns about the negative ramifications of conspiracy theories, such as the deterrence of preventive measures. Against this backdrop, the current study analyzed an online survey (N = 731) from China and examined the...
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With the emergence of new media technologies, being new media literate and able to critically analyze new media information are important to young adults, a group of individuals that are particularly active on social media. However, since the development of new media literacy, no study to date examined demographic characteristics, personality facto...
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China and the United States are the world's top two greenhouse gas emitters. However, little is known as to the amount of attention the media in both countries have paid to the issue of climate change, and the ways in which their media framed the issue. To address both queries, this study analyzed the climate change coverage (N = 9,001) of the Chin...
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The differential gains model has lent credence to the fact that the positive association between news consumption and political engagement differs across people who discuss politics more often and those who do not. This study extends the original differential gains model by incorporating a second moderator, political trust, and replicating in three...
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This study systematically reviewed empirical intermedia agenda setting (IAS) research published between 1997 and 2019, in terms of the level of agenda-setting, the methodologies – including the coding strategies and time-series analytical techniques – the types of media, and the flow of IAS effects. According to our results, previous IAS studies ex...
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public discontent against the government has evolved into a series of civil disobedience campaigns in the past few years, and digital communication platforms served to channel public sentiments and shape collective action. Grounded in the communication mediation model, this study analyzed the Asian Barometer Survey (ABS) data. Findings show that po...
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With the circulation of misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization has raised concerns about an “infodemic,” which exacerbates people’s misperceptions and deters preventive measures. Against this backdrop, this study examined the conditional indirect effect of social media use and discussion heterogeneity preference o...
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The sudden emergence of WeChat, particularly its public accounts, drastically altered China’s social media landscape and the ways in which ordinary Chinese people obtain information. However, no study has yet explored whether user-generated content in WeChat public accounts has the potential to influence the agendas of China’s traditional state-con...
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The months-long anti-extradition bill movement in Hong Kong has gained worldwide attention. Grounded in the network agenda-setting (NAS) model, this study utilizes a machine-learning approach to analyze the related coverage of mainstream newspapers in Hong Kong, Mainland China, the U.S. and the U.K. (N = 2118), as well as discussions on Twitter (N...
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Anchored by the network agenda setting (NAS) model, this study uses a supervised machine learning approach to analyze the agendas of major newspapers in China, Japan, and the United States, and discussions in Twittersphere, on the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute, as well as their intermedia effects. Network analyses suggested that Chinese media port...
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Obesity is inflicting millions of adults and children in China. Although Social media has shown to provide peer support to obese individuals, it also contributes to stigmatization of obesity. Therefore, monitoring social media conversations about obesity seems critical for health researchers to address this health risk. With a sample of 222 origina...
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Approximately 562 million women in China are at risk for cervical cancer, which is mainly triggered by persistent infections with human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is also responsible for the majority of penile, anal, and oropharynx cancers in men. In this study, online Chinese news content was examined 12 months before and after the approval of the...
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Using a random sample of posts on Weibo, this study content analyzes the extent to which Weibo opinion leaders’ tweets are associated with the shifts and variations of public opinion—in terms of topic salience, emotional reactions, agent of responsibility, motivation for condemnation, rhetorical techniques, conviction of blame, and emotional intens...
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The purpose of this study is to explore the intermedia influence between Twitter’s and newspapers’ agendas on the topic of climate change. Accordingly, using President Trump’s announcement of withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Agreement as a dividing point, we compare the agendas on Twitter and newspapers before and after the announcement, analyzi...
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Within the theoretical framework of framing, this study comparatively content analyzed the portrayals of overseas Chinese students in five newspapers of mainland China, U.S., and Hong Kong. The primary findings reveal that mainland Chinese media favored to frame overseas Chinese students as victims and patriots, while the U.S. and Hong Kong medias...
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In an attempt to investigate the roles of authoritarian orientation, social media use, and political discussion in shaping political participation in transitional democracies, this study analyzes nationwide surveys (N = 1,637; N = 1,200) from two third-wave democracies: Taiwan and South Korea, within the theoretical framework of the Differential Ga...

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