Josh Wei-Jie Xiao is a Ph.D. student in Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin. He studies the junction between journalism and the social, computer, and information sciences. His research interests center around two areas: (1) the impact of computational technologies (e.g., digital platforms, datasets, and algorithms) on journalistic processes; and (2) the social/cultural dynamics between humans (e.g., journalists, businesspeople, technologists) and machines (e.g., computational artifacts or related technological resources).
His previous journalistic works have largely focused on advocating media literacy and public participation. He was social media editor for a news accuracy project funded by Taiwan Media Watch Foundation, the largest social group in Taiwan creating agendas in media reform, and a journalist for News E Forum, a real-time news dispatch service that elevated considerable public awareness in Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement.
Before coming to UT, he received his B.A. in Political Science from National Chung Cheng University and his M.A. in Mass Communication from National Taiwan Normal University.