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ARTICLE: “Robots” do not make credible journalists

Readers find news stories written by “robot journalists” less credible than stories by human authors, T. Franklin Waddell, of University of Florida, writes. Waddell conducted two online experiments with a total of 311 Americans, where the participants were exposed to identical stories with different bylines. Most notably, stories credited to “Automated Insights, Robot Reporter” were … Continued


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ARTICLE: Are personal stories better than news at disseminating health information?

Yi Mou, of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Fuyuan Shen, of Pennsylvania State University, studied whether the effects of health information change according to its supposed source. They had 190 Chinese university students view social media posts made by a fictional person and surveyed them afterwards. The collection of social media posts contained either links … Continued


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ARTICLE: Environmental narratives work better when they resonate with people’s orientations

Fuyuan Shen and Lee Ahern of Pennsylvania State University, and Jiangxue Han of Appalachian State University, studied how individuals’ environmental orientations moderate how people perceive environmental news. The researchers did an experiment in which they made 88 students read either a narrative or informational newspaper article on the environmental consequences of shale gas drilling in … Continued


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ARTICLE: Who pays for investigative journalism online – and why?

John Price, of University of Sunderland, has surveyed the subscribers of the online investigative journalism co-operative, The Ferret. Price wanted to find out who the subscribers are and what makes them want to invest money on the service. A total of 110 subscribers responded to Price’s survey, which represents a quarter of the small Scottish … Continued


Mapping news consumption – Kim Schrøder interview

VIDEO: Mapping news consumption

Kim Schrøder, Professor of Communication at Roskilde University, talked to us about his research on how people use news media in their everyday life. Schrøder has studied this from two perspectives: with a quantitative “high-altitude” level and a qualitative ”ground-level” approach. His findings shed light on social media and the willingness to pay for news. … Continued



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ARTICLE: How do people authenticate social media info?

Numerous stories that have gone viral in social media have been turned out to be fake news. It can be difficult to distinguish between trustworthy news and falsified content. Edson C. Tandoc, Richard Ling, Andrew Duffy, Debbie Goh and Lim Zheng Wei of Nanyang Technological University, and Oscar Westlund of Gothenburg University (authors not in … Continued




Chris Peters Journalism Research News interview

VIDEO: The new news consumer

Chris Peters, Associate Professor at the Aalborg University Copenhagen, talked to Journalism Research News about the research project “The New News Consumer”. He introduces findings from the studies: how people use closed social media for news, and about the reliance on regional news. Peters also talks about his current project with Kim Christian Schrøder, where … Continued