ARTICLE: Personal data as a currency for accessing news

In changing media environment news organizations need to enrich the services they offer to their readers. Tom Evens and Kristin Van Damme investigate whether and to what extent people would be willing to share personal data with news organisations as a new currency for accessing more news content. Article presents the results of a Belgian big data project … Continued

ARTICLE: Live online coverage of breaking news

Has the adoption of live online coverage, such as Twitter, facilitated a more “multiperspectival” journalism through the inclusion of “non-official” sources? ask Daniel Bennett. The article looks at the opportunities and limitations of live pages for the incorporation of “non-official” sources. Writer analyses the BBC’s coverage of Utøya killings in 2011 and the Mumbai terror attacks in … Continued

MEVI2016: Trust in the globalized media

The Finnish Conference for Media and Communication Research began on Friday 8 April. It takes place in Helsinki, Finland and lasts until Saturday afternoon. The conference is themed around trust in the media, and the lack thereof. The keynote speakers to the event are Andrew Chadwick of University of London, and Gunn Enli of University … Continued

ARTICLE: Reader comments should be seen as journalism

Readers’ contributions posted below online news stories can serve to extend journalism, not just comment on it, writes James Morrison, of Robert Gordon University. The author analysed the reader comments to 308 online news stories posted on the websites of national UK newspapers. According to Morrison, many of the comments offered not only opinion, but … Continued

REPORT: Robo-journalism, ad blocking, and other predictions

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) has published a forecast of the digital media trends of 2016. Authored by the Institute’s own Nic Newman, the report covers developments in media business, technology, and consumer tendencies. Among Newman’s predictions is the coming-of-age of virtual reality, the continued decline of television viewership, surge in ad … Continued

ARTICLE: Political journalists are in “journalism-centered bubble” on Twitter

So far studies have not explored why and how journalists use social media to follow and interact with one another and what kind of networks emerge through this, write Christian Nuernbergk. His newly published study explores German political journalists’ interaction networks and what information they share on Twitter. By combining content analysis and network analysis the … Continued

ARTICLE: Comments make journalism look bad

The presence of online user comments deteriorates the journalism’s perceived quality, write Fabian Prochazka, Patrick Weber and Wolfgang Schweiger, all of University of Hohenheim. The authors conducted an online experiment on 942 audience members. The respondents were shown news stories with different types of comments or with no comments at all. News stories that had … Continued

BOOK: Bad news on economy, more investments?

Unlike usually thought, bad economic news don’t necessarily decrease public spending and private investments and purchases, writes Juliane Lischka, of University of Zurich. The author studied the content of German and Swiss newspapers between 2002 and 2011 and compared it to various economic indicators from that time. Bad news can actually increase spending, as people … Continued

ARTICLE: Comments have little effect on news evaluation

Reading user comments to online news stories does not significantly affect the readers’ evaluations of the story, write Nili Steinfeld and Azi Lev-On, both of Ariel University, and Tal Samuel-Azran, of Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (names not in original order). The authors showed 197 Israeli college students online news stories and tracked their eye movements, and … Continued

ARTICLE: The audience expects little of local journalism

The audience does not expect journalism to meet the ideals described by its consumers, write Scott Eldridge II and John Steel, both of University of Sheffield. The authors sent questionnaires to two local civic groups, and conducted discussion workshops with them. The study described is a part of a longer project intended to redefine the … Continued