I am currently <a href="https://pureportal.coventry.ac.uk/en/persons/niki-cheong@>Lecturer in Media and Communications</a> at Coventry University. My research interest sits at the intersection of media, politics and digital culture/internet studies. I completed my PhD at the University of Nottingham, which investigates cybertroopers and the online manipulation of political information in Malaysia.
Previously, I spent about a decade in journalism, including six years at Malaysia's largest English daily, The Star. As editor of its digital platform R.AGE, I spearheaded digital innovations in journalism and led the team to winning international awards.
My column The Bangsar Boy, featuring socio-cultural commentary about Malaysia, ran for almost 11 years, and in 2017, was published as a book by MPH Publishing titled Growing Up In KL: 10 Years of The Bangsar Boy.