ARTICLE: Media motivations during war time

Claudia Kozman and Jad Melki, of Lebanese American University, study news media uses during war. They explore what types of media channels fulfilled which needs and gratifications, and what media sources people prioritized during time of war. The article applies the uses and gratifications (U&G) theoretical framework to a war and conflict situation. Survey with 2192 Syrian nationals living … Continued



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ARTICLE: What works in motion graphics?

A study by Spencer Barnes, of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, investigated how different motion graphic structures affect user experience. Barnes conducted an experiment with 82 US college students, who were exposed to variations of two different motion graphics. The students then answered questions that measured, for example, immersion and comprehension. The classical … Continued



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ARTICLE: Native ads undermine trust in news

Viewing political native advertisements decreases the audience’s trust in political news, a study by Magnus Hoem Iversen and Erik Knudsen, both of University of Bergen, proves. The authors had 733 Norwegians participate in an online experiment. The participants first viewed pieces of political news that were labelled either clearly or vaguely as advertisements. A control … Continued



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ARTICLE: Human interest and controversial stories attract social media interaction

What kind of values and topics in news predict audience interaction in social media? Victor García-Perdomo of the University of Texas at Austin, Ramón Salaverría of Universidad de Navarra, Danielle K. Kilgo of Indiana University and Summer Harlow of Florida State University studied responses to news on Facebook and Twitter comparing results from three countries: … Continued


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ARTICLE: Negativity can discourage interaction with political news

Do negative political news online always attract more attention and interaction than civil news? Article by Ashely Muddiman of the University of Kansas, Jamie Pond-Cobb of Wayne State University and Jamie E. Matson of Winona State University studies interaction with different kind of political content. The authors conducted two experiments testing whether negativity always increasess … Continued


ARTICLE: Audience evaluations of news visualizations

The use of infographics in the news has become more common in recent years. Yael de Haan, of University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht, Sanne Kruikemeier, of University of Amsterdam, Sophie Lecheler, of University of Vienna, Gerard Smit, of University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht, and Renee van der Nat, of University of Applied Sciences … Continued


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ARTICLE: Election campaigns mobilize both news users and avoiders

There are no clear differences in to what extent “news seekers” and “news avoiders” are mobilized by election campaigns, Jesper Strömbäck, of University of Gothenburg, writes. Strömbäck conducted a four-wave panel survey with 2 281 Swedes in 2014, when both parliamentary and europarliamentary elections were held in Sweden. It was Strömbäck’s assumption that the increased … Continued