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ARTICLE: Direct personal experience predicts trust in news the most

What happens to trust in media when individuals are present at the site of the event, and can evaluate the reports based on their own experiences? Oren Livio and Jonathan Cohen of the University of Haifa conducted an online survey to 405 Israeli adults asking about various predictors of public trust in journalism. The strongest … Continued

ARTICLE: How to respond to uncivil comments?

Marc Ziegele and Pablo B. Jost, both of Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, investigate the effects of a comment moderation strategy that recommends news outlets to respond publicly to uncivil comments, ask their authors to discuss more civilized, and demonstrate that the news outlet prefer high-quality discussions. The article explores how factual vs. sarcastic journalistic responses … Continued

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ARTICLE: Instructions encourage users to report crass comments

Users are more likely to report crass comments, if they are made aware of the community guidelines prior to reading comments on a news website, write Teresa K. Naab and Anja Kalch, both of University of Augsburg. They conducted two experiments on German college students to see how different conditions affected their “flagging” behaviour (i.e. … Continued

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ARTICLE: Digital newspapers almost as good as printed

Digital editions differ from printed newspapers only little in terms of reader experience, write Peter C. Neijens, and Hilde A.M. Voorveld, both of University of Amsterdam. The authors had 90 college students read either print or digital versions of a newspaper, and then surveyed the students about their experience. The respondents reported similar levels of … Continued


CFP: Audiovisual media and interactivity

The International Conference on Interactive Experiences for Television and Online Video (TVX 2017) is now looking for paper and workshop proposals. The event itself will take place between the 14th and 16th of June 2017 in Hilversum, the Netherlands. The conference is organized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). According to the organisers, the … Continued

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ARTICLE: Audience attitudes towards immigrants change depending on which news they watch

Television news offered by public service broadcasters are different from those by commercial broadcasters – and they have different effects on their audiences, write Laura Jacobs, Cecil Meeusen, and Leen d’Haenens, all of University of Leuven. The authors analysed the contents of 1 630 news items broadcast by the Flemish public broadcaster VRT and the … Continued

ARTICLE: Newspaper was the people’s medium early on

Large parts of the Dutch society, both rich and poor, were reading newspapers already in the 17th century, writes Michiel van Groesen, of Leiden University. The author investigated works of art, diaries, and newspaper collections that illustrate the ways the early newspapers, corantos, were consumed. At the time, Dutch corantos were fairly inexpensive and even … Continued

ARTICLE: Like-minded statements seem more objective

Both journalists and lay citizens see statements that affirm their beliefs as more objective and informative, writes Cornelia Mothes, of Ohio State University. Mothes analysed the results from a “quasi-experiment” with 430 German journalists and 432 non-journalists. The experiment was carried out online. In it, the respondents were asked about their opinion on nuclear power … Continued

ARTICLE: Different news sites, different participation

Websites and readers of local newspapers are more likely to embrace commenting, while national papers prefer social media sharing, write Susanne M. Almgren, of Jönköping University, and Tobias Olsson, of Lund University. The authors analysed the interactive features and audience participation of 3 444 stories published on the websites of nine Swedish newspapers. The rural … Continued

ARTICLE: Changes in news engagement

There is a significant trend indicating changes in engagement in terms of total news consumption time and diversity in news platforms, write Louisa Ha, Ying Xu, Liu Yang, Mohammad Abuljadail, Weiwei Jiang, of Bowling Green State University, Chen Yang, of University of Houston–Victoria, Fang Wang of Bowling Green State University and Guangxi University, Xiao Hu, of Autel Intelligent Technology Corp., Ltd., and Itay Gabay, of University of Louisville. … Continued