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ARTICLE: Training students with a news agency experiment

Theoretical models used in journalism education have been accused of being distanced from the reality of news production. The article by Christopher David Tulloch and Luis Mas i Manchon of Universitat Pompeu Fabra reports a teaching experiment which addresses the dichotomy of theory versus practice. The article presents a training model and discusses The Catalan … Continued

ARTICLE: Audience evaluations of news visualizations

The use of infographics in the news has become more common in recent years. Yael de Haan, of University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht, Sanne Kruikemeier, of University of Amsterdam, Sophie Lecheler, of University of Vienna, Gerard Smit, of University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht, and Renee van der Nat, of University of Applied Sciences … Continued

ARTICLE: The citizen as a source of information

Citizens are newscast viewers, but they are also establishing themselves as sources of information, write Inês Mendes and Raquel Martins, both of Universidade do Minho. The article aims to understand the role the citizen plays in in the Portuguese public service news. The study is based on a content analysis of 21 broadcasts of Jornal da Tarde. Results … Continued

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ARTICLE: Time associates school bullying with crime and mental issues

Articles on bullying in the American magazine Time typically discuss the issue from the perspective of crime and mental health, Juanne N. Clarke, of Wilfrid Laurier University, writes. Clarke analysed all bullying-related articles in Time and the Canadian Maclean’s magazine from between 1980 and 2014. Clarke noticed that Time largely ignored sociodemographic issues in its … Continued

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ARTICLE: News editors hold simplistic views of citizen journalism

Most US news editors define citizen journalism only through a single qualifying factor, write Deborah S. Chung and Seungahn Nah, both of University of Kentucky, with Masahiro Yamamoto, of State University of New York. The authors surveyed 142 American “top editors” -executive editors, editors-in-chief, and the like- who were all asked to define “citizen journalism”. … Continued

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ARTICLE: Twitter does not bring ordinary people closer to health journalists

Health journalists do not use Twitter to reach out to ordinary people, Annelore Deprez and Sarah Van Leuven, both of Ghent University, write. The authors analysed the Twitter networks of eight Belgian health journalists from the country’s Dutch speaking part of Flanders. They also interviewed seven of the eight journalists. According to the authors, the … Continued

Books of the week - Journalism Research News

Books of the week 2/2017

Under the title “Books of the week”, JRN will list new, relevant publications that have recently become available. Click the title of the book for further information on the publisher’s website. We keep our eyes peeled, but if you want to make sure your publication makes the list, let us know when it’s out! You … Continued

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ARTICLE: Press freedom and emerging media help to avoid violent conflicts

From countries that experienced a conflict, those with higher levels of emerging media technologies and press freedoms more probably had a nonviolent conflict than a violent one. A new article by Jacob Groshek of Boston University and Britt Christensen of Zayed University compares instances of domestic political conflicts in a macro-level study. The use of … Continued

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ARTICLE: Tips from sources lead to more influential stories

Investigative journalism is more likely to produce policy changes when the investigation is launched by a tip from a source, Gerry Lanosga, of Indiana University Bloomington, and Jason Martin, of DePaul University College of Communication, write. The authors analysed 757 journalist descriptions of investigative projects, lifted from the archives of the Investigative Reporters and Editors … Continued