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ARTICLE: Data journalism relies on an illusion of choice

Top ranked Nordic data journalism is paternalistic in nature, Ester Appelgren, of Södertörn University, writes. Appelgren analysed 31 data journalism stories nominated for the Nordic Data Journalism Awards in 2013, 2015 and 2016. The author analysed the stories’ features according to the level of control the readers have over the story. For example, clicking on … Continued

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Books of the week 12/2017

On week 12 the following publications have come to our attention: Media and Everyday Life Written by Tim Markham Published by Palgrave Macmillan 222 pages Sport, Media and Mega-Events Edited by Lawrence A. Wenner and Andrew C. Billings Published by Routledge 274 pages Under the title “Books of the week”, JRN will list new, relevant … Continued


CFP | 30.4. | Media and dysfunctions of democracy

A conference entitled “Pathologies and dysfunctions of democracy in the media context” is calling for paper proposals. The conference is organised and hosted by the University of Beira Interior in Covilhã, Portugal, on the 26th and 27th of October 2017. Accepted papers will be published in two conference proceedings books. The conference is interested in … Continued

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REPORT: Status of the Swedish newspaper market

A new report from Nordicom, written by Jonas Ohlsson tracks the structural change in the Swedish newspaper industry. The concentration of ownership has increased during the 21st century. The eigth largest newspaper groups control 76 out of Sweden’s 93 mid- and high-frequency daily newspapers. The situation is similar to other Nordic countries. Revenues have fallen: … Continued

ARTICLE: South Korean media is highly negative toward e-cigarettes

Sei-Hill Kim, James F. Thrasher, Yoo Jin Cho and Joon Kyoung Kim, of University of South Carolina, and Myung-Hyun Kang, of Hallym University (not in original order), analysed newspaper articles and television news transcripts, to study the quantity and the nature of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) coverage in South Korea. The study also examines the sources, topics, tones etc. of … Continued

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ARTICLE: Media’s role in spreading populist blame attributions

How are populist attributions of blame framed in the media? Michael Hameleers, Linda Bos and Claes de Vreese, of the University of Amsterdam, conducted a content analysis of 867 stories from six different national newspapers in the Netherlands. News pieces were selected from non-election and election periods in 2002 and 2012. The authors identified three … Continued

ARTICLE: The emotionality of reporting crisis

Johana Kotišová, of Université de Liège and Masaryk University, explores how crisis reporters’ emotions are articulated by the processes of crisis reporting. The focus is on reporting refugee crisis and the 13 November Paris terrorist attacks by Czech Television. The study is based on observation in newsrooms and semi-structured interviews with journalists. The results show … Continued

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ARTICLE: Citizens have specialized in their orientation towards news

Specialization and disconnection are increasing in audiences’ news orientation, states a new study by Eiri Elvestad, of the University College of Southeast Norway, and Lee Shaker, of Portland State University. Authors studied how citizens consume local, national and international news in the United States and Norway, analysing data from two different surveys between 1995 and … Continued

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ARTICLE: News on HIV prevention medication downplay the virus’s severity

The way online news frame HIV prevention medication may lead to confusion among those at risk of contracting the virus, Joseph Schwartz, of Northeastern University, and Josh Grimm, of Louisiana State University, write. The authors analysed 234 online news stories about preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) on United State’s largest news websites, published between 2009 and 2016. … Continued