ARTICLE: How journalists give think tanks their authority

The way journalists cite think tanks can help construct them as authoritative sources, Andrew Chadwick, of Loughborough University, writes with Declan McDowell-Naylor, Amy P. Smith and Ellen Watts, all three of Royal Holloway, University of London. The authors analysed the way British broadcasters referred to the think tank Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) prior to … Continued

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Books of the week 12/2018

On the week 12/2018 the following publications have come to our attention: Entertainment Journalism – Making it your Career By Ben Falk Published by Routledge 156 pages Gender, Race, and Class in Media – A Critical Reader Edited by Gail Dines, Jean McMahon Humez, Bill Yousman, Lori Bindig Yousman Published by Sage Introducing Media Practice … Continued


CFP | 4.5. | Fake news and media education

The Media Education 2018 conference is calling for contribution proposals. The event will be hosted by the National Library and Archives of Québec, in Canada, on the 9th and 10th of November 2018. The conference seeks to join academics, journalists and interested members of the lay public. The organisers welcome a variety of contributions, including … Continued


CFP | 15.4. | Taboo and the media deadline extended

The deadline for submitting paper abstracts for the Taboo and the Media conference has been extended from March 15th to April 15th. The event will be held at Bertinoro, Italy, between the 20th and 22nd of September 2018. Sending out acceptance notifications has also been postponed by one month, to May 15th. Our original news … Continued

ARTICLE: Harassment of female journalists receives attention only when validated by men

How does feminist discourse penetrate the mainstream media in a “post-feminist” era? Dunja Antunovic, of Bradley University, investigated the question through a case study of the #MoreThanMean campaign. #MoreThanMean was a campaign launched in 2016 to highlight the abuse female sports journalists had to suffer on social media. At the campaign’s center was a video … Continued

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ARTICLE: The connection between immigration news and real-world developments

How do news about immigration relate to real-life developments? University of Amsterdam researchers Laura Jacobs, Alyt Damstra, Mark Boukes and Knut De Swert did a longitudinal study from 1999 to 2015 analysing trends in immigration news and comparing these to real-world events and developments. The dictionary-based automated content analysis included over 4 million news articles … Continued

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ARTICLE: Combining investigative journalism with stand-up comedy can improve public engagement

“Dirty Little Secrets” was a project from 2015 bringing together New Jersey news organizations, comedians, two universities, and a national investigative journalism organization CIR. The project turned investigative news material about New Jersey’s toxic contamination areas into stand-up comedy routines. Caty Borum Chattoo of American University and Lindsay Green-Barber of The Impact Architects, examined this … Continued


CFP | 30.5. | Sociocultural frontiers of journalism in Brazil and in Francophone space

The 1st Brazil-France-Francophone Belgium Journalism Research Conference titled “The Sociocultural Frontiers of Journalism in Brazil and in Francophone space”, is calling for proposals. The conference will be held 12-13 November 2018 in São Paulo, Brazil. Studying the socio-cultural boundaries of journalism requires one to reflect on the dynamics of transformation, diversification and cooperation between journalists … Continued


CFP | 1.6. | Communication in the digital age (CIDA) symposium

The international symposium on “Communication in The Digital Age” (CIDA) will be held in Mersin, Turkey, on 18-19 October 2018. The symposium is calling for papers on different topics concerning the title. Deadline for 300-500 word abstracts is 1 June 2018. See the full call for papers on the conference website.

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ARTICLE: People navigate news on social media based on ‘generalised scepticism’

As news are read more often via social media, the selection of what news people see is based increasingly on algorithms, instead of editorial selection. Richard Fletcher and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen of Oxford University, studied how people navigate news on social media, focusing on how they perceive news selection. The authors did a two-part study. … Continued