ARTICLE: Readers prefer neutral recovery stories

Audience may be practicing a type of specific network gatekeeping via social platforms, write Gavin Adamson, of Ryerson University, Liam Donaldson, of  Ryerson University and Rob Whitley, of McGill University. The study explores the relationship between the content of news articles about mental illness and audience reading and sharing habits. In order to study these relationships researchers use web analytics from … Continued


PROJECT: Racism in the hybrid media environment

A new research project on representations and manifestations of racism in media has been launched. Entitled “Racisms and public communications in the hybrid media environment (HYBRA)”, the project is a collaborative effort between the University of Tampere, University of Helsinki, and Aalto University. The project begun on September 1st and will finish by the end … Continued


ARTICLE: The why and how of resisting censorship

Feelings of unease and confrontational attitude towards state controlled media are linked to increased searching of alternative online information, write Golnoosh Behrouzian, Erik C. Nisbet and Aysenur Dal of Ohio State University with Ali Çarkoğlu, of Koç University. The authors surveyed over 3 000 Turks, both in face-to-face interviews and online. The respondents were asked … Continued


CFP: Changing audiences, changing journalism

ECREA Journalism Studies Conference is looking for submissions to its next conference, held in Odense, Denmark, on the 23rd and 24th of March 2017. The conference is entitled “Changing audiences – Changing Journalism”. The conference is interested in the role of the audience in journalism. The organizers seek to deal with questions like “To what … Continued


ARTICLE: Audience recognized Gawker as journalism

The audience imposed journalistic criteria upon the website Gawker, thus recognizing it as a journalistic actor, write Edson C. Tandoc Jr., of Nanyang Technological University, and Joy Jenkins, of University of Missouri. They analysed reader comments and news stories in response to Gawker publishing a particularly controversial story. The reactions to the Gawker piece, which … Continued


ARTICLE: News affect old workers’ employability

The way news depict older workers changes the way potential employers assess them, a study by Anne C. Kroon, Martine van Selm, Claartje ter Hoeven, and Rens Vliegenthart, from the University of Amsterdam, finds. The authors exposed 249 subjects to different versions of a news article on the employment of older workers. The respondents were … Continued


REPORT: Newsroom practices in different news organizations

  The research and development strategies newsrooms currently use vary, write Alexis Alizor and Talia Stroud. The newly published report focuses on challenges facing the journalism industry and it is based on 525 surveys conducted of editors and news directors working in different newsrooms. The report lists several interesting findings. For example television and website-focused newsrooms are more likely to … Continued




ARTICLE: News consumption among young adults

Young adult audiences have increasingly gravitated toward online sources of news and information, write Dunja Antunovic, of Bradley University, Patrick Parsons, of Pennsylvania State University and Tanner R. Cooke, of Pennsylvania State University. The article looks at the processes of news consumption among college students. By using five focus group interviews with 34 students the researchers explore … Continued