John Jirik

Lehigh University
Journalism & Communication Dept.
33 Coppee Hall
Bethlehem, PA 18015, USA

+1 610.758.4178
+1 610.758.6552 fax
jirik [at] lehigh [dot] edu

Ph.D. (2008) The University of Texas at Austin
Dissertation: Making news in the People's Republic of China: the case of CCTV-9
Dept. Radio-Television-Film

Vita (.pdf download)

"Social science can only predict what did happen, not what will."


Critical Studies in Journalism (09 SP; 09 FA; 10 FA)

Global Communication (08 FA; 09 SP; 09 FA; 10 SP; 10 FA; 11 SP; 12 SP; 12 FA; 13 SP)

Global Media (UT Austin, RTF Dept., 03 SP; 06 FA; 07 FA)

Introduction to Global Studies (08 FA) (lead teacher Prof. Jack Lule)

Senior Seminar in Global Studies (10 SP; 11 SP; 12 SP; 13 SP)

Writing for the Media II (FA 12) (co-taught with Prof. Charlie Butler)


My research focuses on the way power works in and through media. I primarily am interested in understanding how particular conjunctures of political, economic and cultural forces shape particular media sites and the possibilities of expression and representation associated with those sites.

My recent work has involved the study of media production at China Central Television in the People's Republic of China.


(2013) The world according to (Thomson) Reuters. Sur Le Journalisme, About Journalism, Sobre jornalismo [En ligne], 2(1), 24-41. Available at 

(2012) Engagement as an Emerging Norm in International News Agency Work. In News With a View: Essays on the Eclipse of Objectivity in Modern Journalism. Burton St. John III & Kirsten A. Johnson (eds.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. Inc. Pp.170-186.

(2010) 24-Hour Television News in the People's Republic of China. In The Rise of 24-Hour News Television: Global Perspectives. Stephen Cushion & Justin Lewis (eds.). New York: Peter Lang. Pp.281-298.

(2010) China Central Television: Foreign Language Programming. In The International Encyclopedia of Communication, Ed. Wolfgang Donsbach. Blackwell Publishing. (co-authored with Li Xiaoping).

(2010) The impact of the internet on the election of President Obama. In Comparative Studies on Media Consumption & Youth. Guo Ke, Chen Peiqin (eds.). Beijing: Beijing Normal University Publishing Group. Pp. 324-350 (Published simultaneously in English with Chinese translation: 互联网对奥巴马总统选举的影响。全球青少年媒介消费比较研究。郭可, 陈沛芹(主编)。北京:北京师范大学出版集团。131-150).

(2008) ‘Art and the audience in Chinese film and television,’ Asian Journal of Communication, Vol. 18, No. 4, December 2008, 398-402. (Review essay)

(2008) China Central Television Channel 9 (CCTV-9)’ in The International Encyclopedia of Communication, Ed. Wolfgang Donsbach. Blackwell Publishing.

(2008) Review of 'Media on the Move: Global flow and contra-flow,’ Asian Journal of Communication.

(2004) China's News Media and the Case of CCTV-9. In International News in the 21st Century, Eds. Chris Paterson and Annabelle Sreberny. Luton: John Libbey Publishing for University of Luton Press. Pp. 127-146.

(2003) Deep in the Troubled Heart of Texas: How the military and the media join forces to promote war in American public life,' Arena Magazine. Issue 63 (February-March). Pp.22-23.

(1999) The journalism of insane risk,’ Crosslines global report. Vol. 7, No. 1, Issue 34 (September-October). Pp.14-15.

(1997) Staring into the Setting Sun,’ (on the Hong Kong handover) Arena Magazine. Issue 30 (August-September). Pp.12-13.

(1994) Voices From An (Attempted) Soviet Coup. Eds. Anya Chernyakhovskaya, John Jirik, Nikolai Lamm.

(1993) Lost in the Translation,’ (on post-Soviet Russia) Arena Magazine. Issue 7 (October/November).

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