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ARTICLE: Social media users have more varied news diets

Social media users engage with more news sources per week than non-users do, write Richard Fletcher and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, both of University of Oxford. The authors analysed survey data from Italy, Australia, United Kingdom and United States, gathered originally for the 2015 Reuters Institute’s Digital News Report. The respondents were divided into three groups … Continued


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ARTICLE: “Political layout” of a newspaper affects perceptions of political news

People’s perception of a newspaper’s political position can be influenced by design, a research article by Johanna Schindler and Benjamin Krämer, of LMU Munich, and Philipp Müller, of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, finds. Researchers did an online experiment in Germany, presenting 533 participants with one of six versions of a newspaper article. The layouts were … Continued


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ARTICLE: News agenda influences generalist politicians more than specialists

Politicians who are involved with many issues are more likely to follow the agenda set by news media than specialized politicians are, write Alon Zoizner and Tamir Sheafer, both of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with Stefaan Walgrave, of University of Antwerp. The authors analysed over 45 000 speeches given by Belgian, Canadian, and Israeli … Continued


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ARTICLE: Personal characteristics and social environment shape perceptions about local newspapers

People’s perceptions of local newspapers are shaped by both personal characteristics and social environments. Masahiro Yamamoto, of the University at Albany and, Seungahn Nah, of the University of Oregon, studied the credibility of local newspapers in the United States by conducting a survey in a south-eastern state. The researchers found that conservative ideology, newspaper use, … Continued



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ARTICLE: What do people expect from automated news?

The quality of automated news is competitive with human journalists for routine tasks, a new study states. Mario Haim, of LMU Munich, and Andreas Graefe, of Macromedia University, Germany, tested people’s perceptions of both automated and human-written news, and the influence of people’s prior expectations regarding the source. The authors conducted an online survey in … Continued


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ARTICLE: Twitter is no substitute to local news outlets

Focus of political conversation on Twitter is on the national rather than the local level, write Jaigris Hodson, of Royal Roads University, Canada and April Lindgren, of Ryerson University, Canada. They analysed over 19 000 Twitter messages related to the 2015 federal election in Canada. Hodson and Lindgren focused on eight Canadian communities, all outside … Continued


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ARTICLE: Fractured news reading on smartphones is supplemented by other platforms

A commonly cited truism is that smartphones are fracturing news reading into fast, intermittent spates of attention – so-called “snacking” or “grazing” on news. But is this really the case, asks Logan Molyneux, of Temple University. Molyneux conducted two online surveys, to which over 2 600 Americans responded. The author expected the audience to spend … Continued



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ARTICLE: Which social media posts by newsrooms gather most likes and comments?

Which types of social media posts gather most interaction from the audience? Are there differences between newsrooms and social media platforms? Anders Olof Larsson, of Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology, investigated these questions with a quantitative comparison of four Norwegian newsrooms on two social media platforms. The data sample consists of the … Continued