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ARTICLE: Both audience and journalists unsure of fact checkers

Both journalists and lay social media users have mixed opinions on fact checking and information verification services, write Petter Bae Brandtzaeg and Asbjørn Følstad, both of the Norwegian research company SINTEF, with María Ángeles Chaparro Domínguez, of Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Spain. The authors conducted group interviews with 18 Norwegian journalism students and individual … Continued

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ARTICLE: Millenials’ definition of “news” is becoming broader

The so-called Millenial generation considers as “news” a wider selection of information than what journalists and scholars usually do. This finding is reported by Natalia Rulyova, of University of Birmingham, and Hannah Westley, of The American University of Paris. The authors analysed the media diaries of 189 university students from Russia, France, United Kingdom, and … Continued

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PAPER: Design and features on news websites can affect perceived bias

With news websites increasingly adapting to individual users, the experience of each user is becoming more tailored. User characteristics, website design and technical features of websites impact users’ perception of bias, a new conference paper finds. Brendan Spillane, Séamus Lawless and Vincent Wade, of Trinity College, Dublin, did an experiment using eight different kind of … Continued

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ARTICLE: Live-blogged news are harder to follow

Live-blogging is an increasingly popular, speedy genre of online news delivery. The format, however, is more difficult to follow than the traditional “inverted pyramid”, Angela Lee, of University of Texas at Dallas, writes. Lee conducted an online experiment with 220 Americans, in which they were presented with either live-blogged or inverted pyramid versions of news … Continued

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ARTICLE: Constructive journalism is less scary for children

News stories with a constructive angle awaken less negative feelings in children than stories with a traditional format, a team of researchers from the Radboud University in the Netherlands discovered. The team, Mariska Kleemans, Rebecca N. H. de Leeuw, Janel Gerritsen and Moniek Buijzen, carried out an experiment with 332 Dutch schoolchildren, aged 8 to … Continued

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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