ARTICLE: Readers’ and journalists’ interests diverge

The journalists and readers of the newspaper The Guardian prefer different topics in human trafficking related news, write Maria Eirini Papadouka, Nicholas Evangelopoulos and Gabe Ignatow, all of University of North Texas. The authors analyzed the specific themes of The Guardian‘s news on human trafficking and the subjects of readers’ comments posted in conjunction to … Continued

ARTICLE: MPs do not react the same to all news

Negative news regarding a politician’s own party’s pet issue is more likely than others to inspire him or her to act, writes Luzia Helfer, of Leiden University. The author asked members of the Swiss parliament to read manipulated news stories and evaluate whether they would take action based on the story. Several factors affected the … Continued

ARTICLE: Quality press increases voter turnout

Exposure to high quality newspapers increases voter turnout in elections, write Florian Arendt, of University of Munich, and Cornelia Brandtner, of Dresden University of Technology. The authors studied 460 Austrians’ media use and voting behaviour by a two-wave panel survey before and after the 2014 Europarliamentary elections. According to Arendt and Brandtner, exposure to one … Continued

ARTICLE: Journalists reel back on social media

Journalists are decreasing their efforts to engage with their audience on Facebook, writes Anders Olof Larsson, of Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology. Larsson algorithmically captured the activities on the Facebook pages of four large, Swedish newspapers over five years’ time (from 2010 to 2015). Over the studied time period, journalists’ engagement declined … Continued

ARTICLE: News on science increase trust in science

The people who consume more news about science are more trustful of it, even if said news told about misconduct in science, writes Ulrika Andersson of University of Gothenburg. The author compared the news consumption patterns and levels of trust in science to the amount of negative science news in Sweden’s largest news outlets. The … Continued

ARTICLE: Social media use good for democracy

The use of social media, even for non-political purposes, increases political deliberation, write Trevor Dieh and Homero Gil de Zúñiga, both of University of Vienna, and Brian Weeks, of University of Michigan (names not in original order). The authors used a two-wave survey to compare people’s social media use patterns to their activity in political … Continued

ARTICLE: Different news read online and in print

The audience reads different news stories online than in print, write Torbjörn von Krogh, of Mid Sweden University and Ulrika Andersson, of University of Gothenburg. The authors compared the results of a telephone survey on the readership of a Swedish newspaper, and that newspaper’s web page’s metrics from the same time period. Print readers not … Continued

REPORT: Children’s and parents’ media use in the UK

Newly published Ofcom report explores children’s media literacy. The report includes evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 5-15, as well as detailed information about the media access and use of young children aged 3-4. Findings relating to parents’ views about their children’s media use, and the ways that parents … Continued

ARTICLE: Different news diets, different protests

The composition of a person’s news diet affects the likelihoods of different types of protest, write Lorenzo Mosca, of Scuola Normale Superiore, and Mario Quaranta, of LUISS Guido Carli. The authors had balanced samples of German, British and Italian citizens respond to an e-mail survey. The survey asked the respondents of their media use and … Continued