JOURNALISM RESEARCH NEWS

ARTICLE: Russians use VKontakte for humour, not for news

Only a minority (14.7 per cent) of the users of Russian social media website VKontakte follow a news page. Aleksandra Urman, of University of Bern, conducted a network analysis on over 55 000 VKontakte accounts and nearly 33 000 pages with at least 10 followers. The network analysis revealed six distinctive user communities. For example, … Continued

ARTICLE: Calling minor gaffes scandals hurts journalism’s credibility

When journalists try to exaggerate and scandalize a small transgression, they undermine the public’s trust in journalism, a team of Radboud University researchers discovered. Paul Graβl, Gabi Schaap, Flavia Spagnuolo and Jonathan Van ’t Riet conducted an experiment with 128 Dutch university students, where the participants read different kinds of news articles and assessed both … Continued


ARTICLE: Sensational news coverage contributes to Islamist radicalization

Mainstream news media can contribute to the radicalization of Muslims into violent Islamists, write Philip Baugut and Katharina Neumann, both of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. They interviewed 34 Islamist prisoners and 10 former Islamists over how media and online propaganda had affected their radicalization. Online propaganda by Islamist preachers often derides the Western … Continued


ARTICLE: American elite uses media to manipulate public opinion

The wealthier the richest 1 per cent is, the more individualistic the news supply is – especially if rest of the population is liberal, Hamilton College researchers Ann L. Owen and Andrew Wei discovered. This corresponds with so-called “media capture” theory, which suggests the elite project their ideology through news especially when they see their … Continued


ARTICLE: Journalists’ moral reasoning is becoming weaker

Modern journalists seem to have less moral reasoning skills than their predecessors, write Patrick Ferrucci and Erin E. Schauster, both of University of Colorado, with Edson C. Tandoc Jr., of Nanyang Technological University (author names not in original order). They conducted a Defining Issues Test (DIT) on 170 American journalists and compared their results to … Continued


ARTICLE: News about Donald Trump’s presidency make readers unhappy

Following the coverage of the first ten months of Donald Trump‘s presidency made American citizens feel negative emotions. María Celeste Wagner, of University of Pennsylvania, and Pablo J. Boczkowski, of Northwestern University, interviewed 71 Americans over their experiences following news at that time. The interviews quickly turned to president Trump in specific. Most commonly the … Continued


Journalism Research of October 2019

Research of October 2019

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


ARTICLE: Sympathetic victims predict the use of photographs in crime news

If a homicide involves a “sympathetic victim”, the event is likely to be covered with photographs, noticed Walter Works and Jennifer S. Wong, both of Simon Fraser University. The inclusion of photographs in the coverage will, in turn, affect the audience’s impressions and recall of the crime, potentially distorting public understanding of crime, the authors … Continued


Journalism Research of September 2019

Research of September 2019

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


Journalism Research of August 2019

Research of August 2019

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