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JOURNALISM RESEARCH NEWS

ARTICLE: The relationships between PR and journalists in Germany

Relationships between journalists and PR practitioners are complex. Thomas Koch, of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Magdalena Obermaier and Claudia Riesmeyer, both of Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, did a survey to 835 journalists and 601 public relations practitioners in Germany, looking at how public relations exerts power over journalists. The research studies six bases of power that … Continued

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CFP | 15.11. | Sustaining Community Media

Journal of Alternative and Community Media is calling for papers for its special issue “Sustaining Community Media: Challenges and Strategies”. “This special issue will provide an opportunity to reflect on questions of resilience and endurance as they arise in alternative, radical, oppositional, and community-grounded media, and to explore the various interdependent factors that can impact … Continued


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ARTICLE: Journalists report suicide with caution, but also deviate from guidelines

Writing on the topic of suicide can have serious consequences for the reading public. Michael Mead Yaqub, Randal A Beam and Sue Lockett John, all of the University of Washington, interviewed 50 journalists in the United States about their awareness of and attitudes towards suicide, especially on risks related to reporting and US media recommendations. … Continued


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CFA | 5.11. | “Etmaal” conference on transcultural exchanges and communication flows

The Department of Communication Sciences of Ghent University (Belgium) is happy to announce that it will be hosting this year’s ‘Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap’ (24 hours of Communication Sciences). The theme of Etmaal 2018 conference is transcultural exchanges and communication flows, focusing on the cultural exchange and relationship between the Netherlands and Flanders. Abstracts, either … Continued


Chris Peters Journalism Research News interview

VIDEO: The new news consumer

Chris Peters, Associate Professor at the Aalborg University Copenhagen, talked to Journalism Research News about the research project “The New News Consumer”. He introduces findings from the studies: how people use closed social media for news, and about the reliance on regional news. Peters also talks about his current project with Kim Christian Schrøder, where … Continued


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ARTICLE: Too much focus on technology in journalism education?

With a constantly changing industry, a challenge for journalism educators is how to prepare future journalists with the skills they need. Patrick Ferrucci, of the University of Colorado Boulder, interviewed 29 full-time veteran digital journalists in the United States to find out how they perceive current journalism education and the skills of new entrants to … Continued


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ARTICLE: Spain’s “Link Tax” increased fragmentation of online news consumption

The 2015 “Link Tax” legislation is Spain imposed a copyright fee for showing snippets of content created by newspapers. Similar regulations are being considered on the European level. Silvia Majó-Vásquez, of the University of Oxford, Ana S. Cardenal, of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and Sandra González-Bailón, of the University of Pennsylvania, examined the impact … Continued


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ARTICLE: How do French and American journalists use social media?

Work practices and interactions with peers influence how journalists use social media. Matthew Powers, of the University of Washington, and Sandra Vera-Zambrano, of Universidad Iberoamericana, examined journalists’ use of social media in France and United States. They interviewed 60 journalists from Seattle and Toulouse. Journalists in both countries perform similar routine tasks in social media: … Continued


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ARTICLE: Newspapers’ front pages have less news than before

American newspapers’ front pages have become more magazine-like since 1988, Miki Tanikawa, of Akita International University, writes. Tanikawa analysed a sample of three newspapers’ front pages from between 1988 and 2013. The sample covered The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the International Herald Tribune. Over time, the number of “straight news” declined on … Continued


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ARTICLE: Lifestyle journalists are not all the same

The role conceptions of lifestyle journalists vary according to their specialization, Folker Hanusch, of University of Vienna, writes. The author surveyed 616 Australian lifestyle journalists over how important they saw certain aspects of their work. Hanusch’s study recognizes four professional role conceptions: the “Service Provider”, “Life Coach”, “Community Advocate” and the “Inspiring Entertainer”. Out of … Continued


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ARTICLE: Advertisers hold back investigative business journalism

The dependence on advertising revenue discourages newsrooms from pursuing critical investigations, Maha Rafi Atal, of University of Cambridge, writes. The author interviewed 22 American and British journalists working at six newsrooms. Atal also had the opportunity to investigate the newsrooms’ financial statements. Many of the newsrooms were heavily reliant on advertising revenue, which made the … Continued