JOURNALISM RESEARCH NEWS

ARTICLE: Uncivil reader comments increase support for authoritative restrictions

If a news article is followed by uncivil reader comments, other readers will become more permissive towards moderator or even police action against uncivil comments. Teresa K. Naab (University of Augsburg), Thorsten Naab (German Youth Institute) and Jonas Brandmeier (U. of Augsburg and U. of Erfurt) investigated the matter through an online experiment with 213 … Continued

ARTICLE: Data does not make news credible, but data visualization does

News articles that cite numbers are no more credible to the audience than stories without them, an experiment with Hongkonger university students indicates. Y. Roselyn Du, Lingzi Zhu and Benjamin K. L. Cheng, all of Hong Kong Baptist University, presented 257 students with one version of a news article: either one citing exact numbers, one … Continued


ARTICLE: Headless photos increase negativity towards obese people

News images that depict obese people from the neck down increase the readers’ negative attitudes towards the obese, a team of researchers found. They conducted two online experiments with 332 and 312 participants, respectively. In them, participants read a news article with a picture of an obese or an overweight person, some female, some male … Continued


ARTICLE: Russian Sputnik’s three strategies against Sweden

The Russian government-sponsored broadcaster Sputnik has consistently attacked Sweden since 2014, Charlotte Wagnsson and Costan Barzanje, both of Swedish Defence University, write. They analysed 208 Sputnik news stories featuring the word “Sweden” in their title, published between 2014-2018. The stories comprised one consistent narrative: “Sweden in decline”. Further, Wagnsson and Barzanje identified a host of … Continued


ARTICLE: Autocracies are not the most dangerous places for journalists

Most journalists are killed in so-called “hybrid regimes”, Sallie Hughes, of University of Miami, and Yulia Vorobyeva, of Florida International University, found. They came to the conclusion after analyzing all journalists’ deaths on record from the past quarter century. The Committee to Protect Journalists’ database includes 1 812 journalists’ deaths from 1992-2016. Most of these … Continued


ARTICLE: Clicks really affect what news get promoted

If an online news article produces good metrics, such as clicks, journalists will consider it more newsworthy. University of Antwerp researchers Kenza Lamot and Peter Van Aelst confirmed the effect through an experiment with 136 Dutch political journalists. In their experiment, Lamot and Van Aelst asked participants to rank five news headlines according to how … Continued


ARTICLE: Populist rhetoric on immigrants is more common in Danish than in Swedish or Norwegian press

Danish newspapers are noticeably more populist in writing about immigration than their Swedish or Norwegian counterparts, Hilmar Mjelde and Jan Fredrik Hovden, both of University of Bergen, write. They analysed over 4 000 newspaper articles on immigration, published since 1970 in the three countries. The authors operationalized “populism” as calls for (or celebrations of) strong … Continued


Research of November 2019

Research of November 2019

Here is a list of all academic peer-reviewed articles, reports and other papers published in November 2019 about journalism research. The bolded titles link to JRN articles written about the studies.



ARTICLE: Young lifestyle journalists experience most commercial influence

Age correlates strongly with how much commercial influence lifestyle journalists report, University of Vienna researchers Folker Hanusch, Sandra Banjac and Phoebe Maares write. They analysed data from a survey of 616 Australian lifestyle journalists. Overall, lifestyle journalists reported relatively little outside influence to their work. However, this estimate might not be completely true, the authors … Continued