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ARTICLE: Politicians influence news by selecting journalists they talk to

The most important way politicians influence news is by forging ties with ideologically compatible journalists, write Peter Maurer, of Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Markus Beiler, of Leipzig University. The authors surveyed 177 Austrian political journalists, and interviewed 10 journalists and 10 politicians. Maurer and Beiler asked the journalists about the interactions they … Continued

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ARTICLE: Who do journalists blame for cancer?

Yong-Chan Kim and Jee Hyun Kim (Yonsei University), Minsun Shim (Inha University), and Keeho Park (National Cancer Center) investigated where the “locus of responsibility” rests in news stories on cancer (author names not in original order). They analysed 1 500 stories from 24 South Korean news outlets, published between 2008 and 2012. Majority of the … Continued


CFP | 16.6. | Why was 2016 seen as such a terrible year?

The Political Science Association’s Media and Politics Group is calling for paper proposals for its upcoming conference on the year 2016, which was by many accounts “the worst year in the history of human civilization since the Great War or the Black Death”. The event will be held in Hull, United Kingdom, on the 16th … Continued

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ARTICLE: How the media prepared France for WW II

In a very short time France’s prime minister Édouard Daladier (1884-1970) was able to turn the public image of the country around – securing Great Britain as an ally right before the Second World War descended upon France. Media, especially newsreels and newspapers, was crucial in signalling the British of France’s capability as a war-time … Continued

Books of the week - Journalism Research News

Books of the week 16/2017

On week 16 the following publications have come to our attention: In the Swarm: Digital Prospects Written by Byung-Chul Han Published by MIT Press 104 pages Discussing the News Written by Simon Smith Published by Palgrave Macmillan 151 pages The Politics of Listening Written by Leah Bassel Published by Palgrave Macmillan 112 pages Media Resistance Written by Trine Syvertsen … Continued

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ARTICLE: Chinese foreign correspondents are different from Westerners – but not alien

Chinese foreign correspondents share “many similarities with their Western counterparts” while still maintaining “distinctive features of their own”, write Shixin Ivy Zhang, the University of Nottingham Ningbo, and Xiaoling Zhang, of the University of Nottingham. The authors interviewed 19 Chinese journalists deployed in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. The authors used a new framework … Continued


CFP | 1.10. | Framing war and conflict

This special issue of Media, War and Conflict is calling for papers. “Framing War & Conflict” aims to assess the strengths and weaknesses of framing as a method for analysing contemporary war coverage, and to clarify how and why the method has been refined and modified over the years. We seek to bring together articles … Continued

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ARTICLE: Magazine editors at a crossroads, when it comes to fact-checking

Websites, mobile platforms and social media have challenged magazines’ conventionally high-quality fact-checking. Susan Currie Sivek, of Linfield College and Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin, of Columbia College Chicago studied fact-checking practices applied to stories in magazines and their non-print platforms. The authors interviewed editors of 11 well-regarded magazines in the United States. The results show that practices for … Continued