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ARTICLE: 18th century news digests between journalism and history

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A new article by Joop W. Koopmans, of University of Groningen, looks at the way 18th century Dutch news digests positioned themselves in relation to other news products of the time. The article focuses on the coverage of the 1748 Aix-la-Chapelle peace treaty. Newspapers commonly made mistakes with names and dates while scrambling to report … Continued

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PUBLISHED 23 Sep 2016 by admin

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Books of the week 38/2016

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: Like-minded statements seem more objective

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Both journalists and lay citizens see statements that affirm their beliefs as more objective and informative, writes Cornelia Mothes, of Ohio State University. Mothes analysed the results from a “quasi-experiment” with 430 German journalists and 432 non-journalists. The experiment was carried out online. In it, the respondents were asked about their opinion on nuclear power … Continued

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PUBLISHED 23 Sep 2016 by admin

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ARTICLE: No clear country clusters in risks to PSM

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In terms of risks to public service media’s independence, European countries do not fit neatly in categorizations such as that of Daniel Hallin and Paolo Mancini (2004), writes Maja Šimunjak of Middlesex University London. Šimunjak reviews the results of the Media Pluralism Monitor 2015 research. Among other things, the project looked into the ways governments … Continued

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CFP: Visual communication in new media

The “Visualizing (in) the New Media” (ViNM) conference is now accepting paper abstracts. The event will take place in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, between the 8th and 10th of November 2017. The conference is interested in various aspects of visuality in new media. Some of the proposed paper topics are, for example: “journalistic commentary about visual practices … Continued

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ARTICLE: Experiences of workplace autonomy from five countries

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Autonomy is a crucial component of journalistic work. How does it vary in different organisations and across countries? The article by Henrik Örnebring, Johan Lindell, Christer Clerwall and Michael Karlsson, all of Karlstad University, examines experienced workplace autonomy. The authors did an email survey in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Estonia, basing their … Continued

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ARTICLE: Journalism training empowers the marginalized

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Providing the marginalized with citizen journalism training can result in personal empowerement, write Ann Luce, Daniel Jackson, and Einar Thorsen, all of Bournemouth University. The authors arranged training courses for disabled and homeless people, and interviewed them over their experiences. A variety of reasons complicated the training. Notably, the trainees often had low self-esteem and … Continued

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PUBLISHED 22 Sep 2016 by admin

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ARTICLE: Investigative reporters see themselves as messengers and reformers

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Investigative journalists regard themselves as having autonomy and high job satisfaction, even though there is a lot of pessimism about the state of their work and the future. Gerry Lanosga of Indiana University Bloomington and Brant Houston of the University of Illinois studied how reporters assess their profession, the status of nonprofit newsrooms and how … Continued

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ARTICLE: Different news sites, different participation

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Websites and readers of local newspapers are more likely to embrace commenting, while national papers prefer social media sharing, write Susanne M. Almgren, of Jönköping University, and Tobias Olsson, of Lund University. The authors analysed the interactive features and audience participation of 3 444 stories published on the websites of nine Swedish newspapers. The rural … Continued

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Four reports on United Kingdom’s EU referendum

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The heavily discussed issue of Britain’s 2016 referendum on leaving the EU also sprouted many analyses on the media coverage of the topic. Here are four reports that have been produced between June and September. Loughborough University series of reports The Loughborough University Centre for Research in Communication and Culture released a series of reports … Continued

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