ARTICLE: What drives crowdfunding campaigns for feminist journalism?

Many crowdfunding campaigns seek to secure funding for feminist journalism. The organisers of these campaigns envision themselves as parts of a larger societal movement, rather than producers of niche journalism, Andrea Hunter and Jacqueline Di Bartolomeo, both of Concordia University, write. The authors reviewed the crowdfunding applications of 40 self-identified, feminist journalism initiatives and interviewed … Continued


CFP | 1.3. | How to research collective memories of things not lived?

The one-day symposium, entitled “Remembering what we have not lived: Approaches to Postmemory Analysis”, is calling for paper proposals. The event is organised and hosted by the Cantebury Christ University, in the United Kingdom, on the 3rd of July 2018. The event is interested in the “remembering” of things that have not been personally experienced, … Continued


CFP | 30.4. | Death and celebrity

The “Death and Celebrity” symposium is now accepting paper and panel abstracts. The symposium will be hosted by the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom, on the 6th of June 2018. The symposium seeks to address the role of death in the making of a celebrity and how media contributes to it. The organisers have provided … Continued

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ARTICLE: US newspapers focus on mass shooters, not their victims

American newspapers’ front pages show more pictures of mass shooters than their victims, Nicole Smith Dahmen, of University of Oregon, writes. Dahmen studied the photographs on 3 821 front pages, published after three separate mass shootings. The mass shootings selected for the sample were the Virginia Tech shooting (2007), Sandy Hook elementary school shooting (2012) … Continued

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ARTICLE: Americans are not that interested in fake news, after all

Few Americans are deeply invested in consuming so-called fake news, Jacob L. Nelson, of Northwestern University, and Harsh Taneja, of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, write. The authors analysed the browsing data collected from one million Americans before and after the 2016 presidential elections. Nelson and Taneja compared online traffic to established news websites (e.g. New … Continued

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ARTICLE: Media coverage of Islam may affect radicalization

The way news cover Islam and Muslims has the potential to increase or decrease the likelihood of Islamist radicalization, an experiment conducted at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich suggests. Katharina Neumann, Florian Arendt and Philip Baugut first interviewed six former extremists (e.g. ISIS members), and then conducted a laboratory experiment with 194 self-identified Muslims … Continued

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ARTICLE: Spanish press prefers a “loyal facilitator” role in covering business

Spanish newspapers emphasize different journalistic roles when dealing with different topics, María Luisa Humanes, of University Rey Juan Carlos, and Sergio Roses, of University of Málaga, write. The authors analysed 2 278 news articles published by four Spanish newspapers in 2012 and 2013. The sample consists of articles from the papers Abc, El País, El … Continued

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Books of the week 7/2018

On the week 7/2018 the following publications have come to our attention: Drones – Media Discourse and the Public Imagination By Kevin Howley Published by Peter Lang 284 pages Free European Media Edited by Mogens Blicher Bjerregård Published by The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) available online Media Scholarship in a Transitional Age – Research … Continued

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ARTICLE: Perceptions of audience shaping Al Jazeera’s news

What do journalists imagine their audiences are like, and how does this affect their work? Julian Matthews of the University of Leicester, and Maiya Al Habsi of Al-Bayan College, studied the topic in a non-national and more global context. They examined news professionals’ perceptions of the Arab news audience at Al Jazeera, and how it … Continued

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ARTICLE: Legacy media still have the strongest online audience overlap in the US and UK

A new study by Subhayan Mukerjee and Sandra González-Bailón of the University of Pennsylvania, and Sílvia Majó-Vázquez of the University of Oxford (authors not in original order), created a novel way to find out how people consume news online. Researchers tracked the browsing behaviour of web users and looked at the networks they form while … Continued