ARTICLE: Journalists direct user discussions

Journalists direct user conversations on websites according to their journalistic standards, write Emmanuel Marty, of Nice Sophia Antipolis University, Nathalie Pignard-Cheynel, of University of Lorraine, and Brigitte Sebbah, of Paris Est Créteil Val de Marne University. The authors analysed over 20 000 user comments that were submitted to a single Le Monde Live Blog story … Continued


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REPORT: Global press trends

Newspapers generated an estimated US$ 168 billion in circulation and advertising revenue in 2015. Ninety billion dollars (53 percent) came from print and digital circulation, while $ 78 billion came from advertising, states the World Press Trends 2016 survey, published recently by World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Global newspaper market figures show … Continued


ARTICLE: Social news gap

New article by Jonathan Bright explores the question why some news articles are shared more than others on social media. Results of the study show that editorial promotion of the article on the front page and the topic of the article are both significant. There is also different sharing patterns for different types of article: News about … Continued


ARTICLE: Users would pay for digital longforms

Contrary to studies on generic online content, a notable share of Germans is willing to pay for digital longform journalism, write Cornelia Wolf, of University of Leipzig, and Alexander Godulla, of University of Passau. The authors surveyed 248 mobile internet users over their knowledge on, expectations of, and attitudes toward digital longform pieces. One quarter … Continued


ARTICLE: Statements by vox pops are unbalanced

Vox pop in the news are becoming one of the most dominant voices in television news, write Kathleen Beckers, Stefaan Walgrave and Hilde Van den Bulck. A vox pop can be defined as an apparently randomly chosen, ordinary individual who is  interviewed by journalists and who gives a personal statement in a news item. The … Continued


ARTICLE: Photos less crucial than text for politicians

News text is as important or even more important than photographs in influencing politicians’ public image, write Hajo Boomgaarden, of University of Vienna, Mark Boukes, of University of Amsterdam, and Aurora Iorgoveanu, who is a business intelligence analyst with the Holcim Group in Romania. The authors conducted an experiment with 296 Dutch university students. The … Continued


ARTICLE: Expectations of journalists’ performance on Twitter

The more people engage with journalists on Twitter, the less likely they are to report viewing the media as having an editorial bias, write Homero Gil de Zúñiga, Trevor Diehl and Alberto Ardèvol-Abreu. Focus of their new study in on how expectations about journalistic practices on social media influence audience engagement with journalists, and in turn, perceptions of editorial bias. Panel … Continued


ARTICLE: New practices in reporting a trial

Newly published study explores how Orlando Sentinel used emerging media technologies to engage with audience in covering two high-profile court trials. First is the case of Casey Anthony. She was accused, but in the end acquitted of killing her two-year-old child. The second case is George Zimmerman, who was tried and also acquitted of shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in … Continued


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ARTICLE: What is valuable journalism?

Especially nature, living environment and history are topics that audience would like to read more about, states a study by Irene Costera Meijer of the VU University of Amsterdam and Hildebrand P. Bijleveld. Valuable journalism is a concept that aims to find a middle ground between the perspectives of quality from journalists’ and users’ points … Continued


ARTICLE: Serbians think news are highly corrupt

Serbians believe the level of corruption in news media is on a high level, writes Ivanka Pjesivac, of University of Georgia. A representative sample of 544 Serbians were surveyed over perceived corruption in news. On a scale of 1 to 7, the respondents estimated the spread of corruption in news media to be at 5.26 … Continued