ARTICLE: Fact-checking works, but not very well

Research indicates that fact-checking is usually able to correct the audience’s perceptions, a team of researchers found. Nathan Walter, of Northwestern University, Jonathan Cohen and Yasmin Morag, both of University of Haifa, and R. Lance Holbert, of Temple University (author names not in original order) carried out a meta-analysis of recent research on the effectiveness … Continued


ARTICLE: Some news drive minorities to normative protest, others to violence

Different news have different effects on what kind of collective action minorities are willing to engage in, a team of researchers discovered. Muniba Saleem, Ian Hawkins and Jessica Roden, of University of Michigan, with Magdalena E. Wojcieszak, of University of California (author names not in original order), studied American Muslims and their reactions to US … 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: 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


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ARTICLE: Online journalism rarely meets all audience expectations

When it comes to sourcing practices, online journalism often fails its audience’s expectations, a study from Finland suggests. Ville Manninen, of University of Jyväskylä, compared the expectations of young adult Finns to real-life sourcing practices in Finnish online journalism. An analysis of 36 news items from 3 newsrooms and 12 journalists revealed that, on average, … Continued


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ARTICLE: The impact of socioeconomic status on news use has changed over the years

Socioeconomic status does affect how people consume the news, but there is little knowledge on how this impact has changed over the years. Annika Bergström, Jesper Strömbäck and Sofia Arkhede looked into this topic. The researchers from the University of Gothenburg did a longitudinal analysis of newspaper and television news consumption focusing on Sweden between … Continued