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ARTICLE: Transparency does not make journalism more credible

Increased transparency does not increase the perceived credibility of journalism, but rather decreases it, Edson C. Tandoc, of Nanyang University of Technology, and Ryan J. Thomas, of Missouri School of Journalism, write. The authors conducted an online experiment with 222 American college students. The participants were assigned to read through a selection of online news … Continued


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ARTICLE: More news exposure increases Islamophobia

New Zealanders who consume more news experience more anger and less warmth towards Muslims, write John H. Shaver, of University of Otago, Chris G. Sibley and Danny Osborne, both of University of Auckland, and Joseph Bulbulia, of Victoria University of Wellington. The authors analysed data from a large-scale survey of adult New Zealanders (N=16584). The … Continued


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ARTICLE: “Horse race coverage” increases political polarization

Framing a policy issue as a conflict between parties increases the readers’ political polarization, Jiyoung Han and Christopher M. Federico, both of University of Minnesota, write. The authors conducted two experiments, one with college students and one with adults, with a total of 455 Americans. The participants in both experiments were shown news stories about … Continued


Newspapers in Japan and the role of personal contact - Kaori Hayashi interview

VIDEO: Newspapers in Japan and the role of personal contact

Kaori Hayashi, Professor of Media and Journalism Studies at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo, talked to us about Japanese newspapers. Due to the ageing society and changing media use of younger generations, the readership of newspapers is on the decline. Still, newspapers have a lot of influence in the … Continued


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ARTICLE: Class and socialization steer young people’s orientations towards news

Journalism does not only facilitate democracy, civic engamement and strenghten communities, as is often theorized. A new study by Johan Lindell, of Karlstad University, and Paola Sartoretto, of Stockholm University, looks at the social functions of journalism from a different perspective. The authors conducted eight focus groups interviews with secondary education students with different profiles … Continued


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ARTICLE: The news will find you, but that might not make you wiser

Even in a saturated online media environment, active seeking for news is needed for learning about politics, write Homero Gil de Zúñiga, of the University of Vienna, Brian Weeks, of the University of Michigan, and Alberto Ardèvol-Abreu, of the Universidad de La Laguna. Their article studies the concept of news-finds-me perception, i.e. “the extent to … Continued



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ARTICLE: What predicts information overload when reading news online?

People who are confident about their capability to seek information experienced less information overload, a new study finds. Josephine B. Schmitt, of the University of Cologne, Christina A. Debbelt, of the University of Hohenheim & Frank M. Schneider, of the University of Mannheim studied predictors of information overload (IO) with online news. The authors conducted … Continued