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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


Economic news and learning – Arjen van Dalen interview

VIDEO: Economic news and learning

Arjen van Dalen, Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark told us about his four-year research project that focuses on economic news. The research group studied, using content analysis and a large survey following people’s understanding of news during one year, how people learn about and understand economic news. At the end of the … Continued



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ARTICLE: Citizens have specialized in their orientation towards news

Specialization and disconnection are increasing in audiences’ news orientation, states a new study by Eiri Elvestad, of the University College of Southeast Norway, and Lee Shaker, of Portland State University. Authors studied how citizens consume local, national and international news in the United States and Norway, analysing data from two different surveys between 1995 and … Continued


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PROJECT: Where do people get their views on violence?

A new research project has been launched to map out the sources from which Finns find information on violent crime, and how that information affects their perceptions on the actual threat of violence. The project is a collaboration between the universities of Helsinki and Tampere. The research is split between the two partners according to … Continued