Jiafei Yin started teaching at Central Michigan University in 1996 after finishing her doctoral program at the School of Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Nanjing University in China. She starting serving as the department's interim chair in 2014. Yin’s main teaching areas include data in the news and international communication. She also taught courses in news writing, editing, introduction to the media and American media history. Her research interest is closely related to her areas of teaching. She published journal articles, such as “Growing Pains in the Development of a Free Press in Africa and Asia: A comparative analysis—South Africa and India” in Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies (2011, Vol 32, 2), and “Beyond the Four Theories of the Press: A New Model for the Asian & the World Press” in Journalism and Communication Monographs (Vol. 10 No.1, Spring 2008). She also published book chapters, including “Ancient roots and contemporary challenges: Asian journalists try to find the balance” in Handbook on Global Communications Ethics (2011), and “An Agent for Change: The Internet Is Setting New Agendas in China” in Cultural Identity, New Communication Technologies: Political, Ethical and Ideological Implications (2011).
Before coming to America, Yin worked for 10 years at the China Daily, the leading English-language daily newspaper in China. Taking advantage of her experience and connections with the paper, she started an exchange program between the paper and her school. So far, 11 of her students have completed internships in Beijing, and nine senior staff members from the paper visited her school. Three of the former interns are now working in Beijing. A firm believer in peace through mutual understanding across cultures, she organized numerous open forums on campus on Sino-U.S. relations and on India as the largest democracy in the world. She updates her ties with the China Daily by providing seminars and lectures on journalistic topics and serving on the panel of judges for electing the paper’s best work.