ARTICLE: Journalists prefer tweeting with colleagues who are like them

Australian journalists tweet mostly with their inner circles, a new study finds. Folker Hanusch and Daniel Nölleke of the University of Vienna studied journalistic homophily within intra-journalistic networks. Homophily refers to the tendency of individuals to connect with people who are like them. This ‘groupthink’ could have implications for the production of news also, the … Continued

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Books of the week 8/2018

On the week 8/2018 the following publications have come to our attention: Journalism and the American Experience By Bruce J. Evensen Published by Routledge 404 pages Misunderstanding News Audiences – Seven Myths of the Social Media Era By Eiri Elvestad, Angela Phillips Published by Routledge 180 pages Responsible Drone Journalism Edited by Astrid Gynnild, Turo … Continued


CFP | 31.5. | International perspectives on post-truth (and) populism

Editors of a book invite submissions of chapter proposals. The idea of post-truth has become increasingly important in describing today’s political life, particularly (but not exclusively) – as applied to the fields of political communication and political theory. The concept itself is intended to refer to, depending on interpretation, the primacy of unverified or outright … Continued

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ARTICLE: Journalism studies as a field

Journalism is fundamentally different from other kinds of communicative genres and thus demands a specific scholarly area, a new research article argues. But what exactly is journalism studies? The article “Journalism Studies and its Core Commitments” examines the scholarly discipline of communication, and one of its fields, journalism studies. The authors suggest that fields within … Continued


CFP | 30.5. | Journal of alternative and community media

Journal of Alternative and Community Media special issue “The “Other” Alternatives: Political Right-Wing Media On- and Offline” is calling for papers. This special issue of the Journal of Alternative and Community Media focusses on Alternative Right-Wing Media which is published online as well as offline to close the research gap in the right-wing media spectrum. … Continued

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ARTICLE: History and journalism in Joe Sacco’s graphic novels

Joshua Kavaloski of Drew University, studied Joe Sacco’s graphic novels as works of journalism and history. Joe Sacco’s visits to the West Bank and Gaza Strip eventually led to the publication of the work Palestine, which gained him critical attention. He has been established as a ‘comics journalist’. Kavaloski finds that Safe Area Gorazde, the … Continued

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ARTICLE: The effect of format and source type on how people select news

A growing competition for audiences and the proliferation of new sources, sometimes less credible, have changed how people read news. Are the concerns over news consumption specific to the medium on which people get their news? ask George D.H. Pearson and Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick of the Ohio State University. The researchers looked for differing patterns of … Continued


CFP | 30.4. | Rethinking theories and concepts of mediated communication

The conference “Rethinking Theories and Concepts of Mediated Communication” is calling for papers. The conference will be held in 13-14 September 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. It is cosponsored by the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Nanyang Technological University, and LMU-Munich, and hosted by Missouri’s Barcelona office. This conference will explore how theories and concepts … Continued

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ARTICLE: Journalism job postings demand an increasing repertoire of skills

The required skill sets for people working in journalism are continually expanding. At the same time, career prospects of journalism students exceed the usual meanings of “journalism” work. Deb Halpern Wenger and Jason Cain of the University of Mississippi, and Lynn C. Owens of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (authors not in … Continued

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ARTICLE: Human-written, automated and combined news articles were seen equally as credible

As many news organizations are already using computer algorithms to produce journalistic content, questions about how audiences view these stories arise. Anja Wölker and Thomas E. Powell of the University of Amsterdam, did an experiment on how readers perceive different forms of automated journalism in regard to credibility of the message and source. Their online … Continued