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REPORT: Americans distrust news in general, but still find acceptable sources

When Americans are asked whether they trust “the news media”, an overwhelming majority will say they do not. However, when they are asked about the particular news sources they use themselves, the distrust diminishes. The results come from a survey of over 2 000 Americans, conducted for a collaborative study by the American Press Institute … Continued

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Books of the week 25/2017

On week 25 the following publications have come to our attention: Media Politics in China: Improvising Power under Authoritarianism Written by Maria Repnikova Published by Cambridge University Press 264 pages The 2015 UK General Election and the 2016 EU Referendum Written by Ian R. Lamond and Chelsea Reid Published by Palgrave Macmillan 88 pages Managing … Continued


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ARTICLE: Friends’ recommendations attract users to read political news and opposing views

How do our Facebook friends influence what news we read? Nicolas M. Anspach, of Temple University, studied how people select political news in social media. The author conducted a survey experiment (105 participants) using mock Facebook News Feeds. The news feeds contained activity attributed to different sources, from fictional individuals to participants’ own friends. Each … Continued


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ARTICLE: Fox News should not be considered as journalism

Scholarship on journalism often includes the American cable channel Fox News, but in reality the channel’s output is best described as propaganda rather than journalism, Mitchell T. Bard, of Iona College, argues. The author analysed the channel’s three prime time current affairs programs, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, and On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. … Continued


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ARTICLE: American TV stations are going “social media first”

Majority of local American television stations are taking a “social media first” approach to publishing news, write Anthony C. Adornato, of Ithaca College, and Suzanne Lysak, of Syracuse University. The authors surveyed 131 American news directors working in local TV. Most stations (78 per cent) have a written social media policy, and additional 17 per … Continued



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ARTICLE: Algorithms challenge journalists’ professional judgment

The use of algorithmic judgment for news selection and placement should be considered distinct from journalists’ professional judgment, argues a new article by Matt Carlson, of Saint Louis University. The growing use of algorithms in automated news distribution and production challenges  journalists’ professional judgment. As human subjectivity can be seen as vulnerable to mistakes, and … Continued


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ARTICLE: Korean journalists need support for traumatic events

Korean journalists were frequently exposed to potentially traumatic events in their work, according to a new study. Mina Lee, Eun Hye Ha and Jung Kun Pae, all of Sookmyung Women’s University, studied for the first time in Korea, how journalists have experienced posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. The authors did a survey for 367 Korean journalists, … Continued


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ARTICLE: Journalistic autonomy requires balancing between professional, organizational and relational dimensions

High concentration of media ownership and the proximity of the media to political and economic elites have been identified as challenges to the autonomy of Chilean journalism. Ximena Orchard, of the Universidad Alberto Hurtado, examined how journalists negotiate notions of autonomy in their daily exchanges with politicians. The study is based on semi-structured interviews from … Continued


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CFP | 14.8. | Symposium on journalism in multiplatform environments

The Professional Master of Science in Journalism from FIAM-FAAM University, São Paulo, will hold the 3rd International Symposium on Journalism in Multiplatform Environments between November 23th and 24th, 2017. The symposium is calling for abstracts. The call states: “This year’s programming will focus on the journalism market and its expanding frontiers, as well as the … Continued


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ARTICLE: Transnational networks and investigations as drivers of Europeanisation

Journalists and media organizations increasingly engage in cross-border investigations. Annett Heft and Barbara Pfetsch, of Freie Universität Berlin, and Brigitte Alfter (authors not in original order) studied how transnational networks of journalists are created and what impact does collaboration have on the Europeanisation of coverage by national media. Europeanisation is a process through which the … Continued