Born and raised on a small island in the Zhoushan Archipelago off the east coast of China, Qiongye developed an interest in journalism in high school. During those days, the thing she looked forward to most every week was getting her weekly newspaper Southern Weekly, known for its in-depth and investigative reporting, out of the mailbox downstairs. Qiongye believes that news media has a magic power to shed light on the vulnerable and diminish social injustice and inequity. Since then, she has dreamed of becoming a journalist.
Qiongye has interned at several news outlets in Shanghai during her undergraduate studies. She earned her master’s degree in journalism at Michigan State University in 2019. During her study there, her work has appeared in Great Lakes Echo, The Holland Sentinel and HOMTV. Before returning to the U.S. to pursue her doctoral degree, she was working as a reporter at Jiemian News in Shanghai, covering education.
As a PhD student, Qiongye’s research interests include media sociology, environmental journalism and freedom of the press. She is especially interested in comparing facets of the journalists’ career change phenomenon in Chinese and U.S. contexts.
Outside of academia, she loves to explore new coffee shops and enjoys city walks and hiking.