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


ARTICLE: Audience not interested in offered news

Social media users interact less with the kind of news that are most offered by newspapers’ social media managers, writes Anders Olof Larsson of Westerdals Oslo School of Arts. Larsson analysed the audience interactions with a total of 800 news stories, published online by four Swedish newspapers. Two of the investigated newspapers were tabloids and … Continued


CFP: Constructing constructive journalism

The conference Constructed|Constructive Journalism is now open for submission proposals. The event itself will take place at Brussels, Belgium on the 8th and 9th of December 2016. The conference is organized by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and hosted by the Academy of Flanders. The conference considers two different meanings of the word “construct”: that of … Continued


ARTICLE: “Dirty” TV news are harder to follow

Television news that present a lot of on-screen visual elements are harder to remember correctly, write Rui Rodrigues, of Instituto Superior Miguel Torga, and Ana Veloso and Óscar Mealha, both of University of Aveiro. The authors presented 80 university students with different versions of the same newscast, tracked their eye movements, and had them answer … Continued


ARTICLE: Consumers seek like-minded audiences

When consuming news online people tend to select sources that have like minded audiences, writes Shira Dvir-Gvirsman, of Tel Aviv University. The author conducted two separate studies: First a sample of Israelis were surveyed with regard to their political opinions both before and after national elections, and their online activities were recorded for seven weeks. … Continued