Andrew Lih

Assistant professor, Director of technology
Journalism and Media Studies Centre
University of Hong Kong

Eliot Hall, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong SAR, +852-2219-4005

Areas of research
- Participatory journalism
- Networked collaboration
- Wikipedia ( and Chinese Wikipedia
- China's media ecology and ICT development

Publications | Conference papers | Presentations | Forthcoming | Class

Andrew Lih's research interests include the development of open content and collaborative efforts in journalism. Wikis and web logs have allowed many more netizens to be producers of content and not simply browsers of the Internet. This will have an increasingly important role in China's media ecology, as it becomes the largest mobile phone and Internet market in the world.

He has been a commentator on new media, technology and journalism issues on CNN, BBC radio, MSNBC and NPR.


From 1995 to 2000, he created the new media program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where he served as adjunct professor and director of technology for their Center for New Media. In 2000, he formed the Interactive Design Lab at Columbia, which was a collaboration with the School of the Arts to investigate interactive design issues for fiction and nonfiction multimedia content. During its three years, the IDL analyzed the process of multimedia design in a variety of industries such as advertising, news, documentary and film. The IDL also worked very closely with the university’s new interdisciplinary communications Ph.D. program.

From 1990 to 1993 Mr. Lih worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories in user interface design and software systems. In 1994 he helped form one of the first dot-com startups in New York City, Mediabridge Infosystems, which created an online city guide to the Big Apple and performed content strategy for media firms in New York.

While at Columbia, he oversaw the online design and presence for the Pulitzer Prizes, Dupont Awards and the Columbia Journalism Review.


May 5, 2004
Yale Global Online
Yale University, United States
Article: Build an Encyclopedia: Everyone's Invited
Published in Jakarta Post and The Standard (Hong Kong) Quoted in The World is Flat, by Thomas L. Friedman

April 2004
Marconi Foundation
New York, New York, United States
Article: The Rise of Participatory Journalism

March 2004
RTHK Media Digest, March 2004
Hong Kong, China
Article: Wikipedia and the rise of Participatory Journalism

March 8, 2004
Poynter Online
Poynter Institute, Florida, United States
Article: Wikipedia for Journalists, Trusting a free resource


April 16-17, 2004
5th International Symposium on Online Journalism
University of Texas, Austin, United States
Full paper (peer reviewed): Wikipedia as Participatory Journalism: Reliable Sources? Metrics for evaluating collaborative media as a news resource (PDF)

July 1-3, 2004
13th Asian Media Information & Communications Centre Annual Conference
ICT & Media Inputs & Development Outcomes
Impact of New & Old Media on Development in Asia
Bangkok, Thailand
Full paper (peer reviewed): Participatory Journalism and Asia: From Web Logs to Wikipedia (PDF)

August 4-7, 2004
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), 2004 Convention, Toronto, Canada
Communications and Technology Policy
Full paper (peer reviewed): The Foundations of Participatory Journalism and the Wikipedia Project (PDF)

September 19-22, 2004
Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) 5th Annual Conference University of Sussex, England
Paper accepted (peer reviewed): Wikipedia: A Case Study in Networked Collaboration for Participatory Journalism


April 30-May 1, 2004
China's Digital Future: Advancing the Understanding of China's Information Revolution, University of California at Berkeley, United States (Web site)
Presentation: The Role of Weblogs and Wikis in the Chinese Media Ecology

April 1, 2004
Asian Cyberactivism: Freedom of Expression and Media Censorship University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Presentation: Participatory Journalism in Asia

December 12, 2003
Digital News, Social Change & Globalization Conference
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China
Full paper: The Role of Wireless Telecommunications in the Age of Digital Media: USA (local link)

December 8-9, 2003
Preparing the next generation of Asian journalists: Challenges of globalisation and new technology Asian Center for Media Studies, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Presentation: Wikipedia and Participatory Journalism

February 20-22, 2003
Journalism Asia Forum, Bali, Indonesia
Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility
Presentation: Hong Kong and the digital divide

JMSC6051 - Tools for the Modern Journalist


Journalism and Media Studies Centre

University of Hong Kong