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ARTICLE: Grammar still matters in the digital age

Do audiences care about errors in grammar? Alyssa Appelman, of Northern Kentucky University, and Mike Schmierbach, of the Pennsylvania State University, studied how grammatical errors in news articles affect people reading them. They conducted four experiments in the United States. The first two tested the main effects of grammatical errors on audience perceptions, and two … Continued




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ARTICLE: User generated content makes news appear less trustworthy

“It appears that journalism’s trustworthiness will more likely suffer than benefit from an increased use of UGC”, write Katherine M. Grosser and Florian Wintterlin, both of University of Münster, with Valerie Hase, of University of Zurich (names not in original order). The authors conducted an online experiment with 487 Germans, exposing the participants to articles … Continued


ARTICLE: Habit keeps older people true to traditional news

When it comes to older persons, traditional news media is still the first chosen source of information. The study by Karin Ljuslinder and Anna Sofia Lundgren, both of Umeå Universitet, analyses the narratives of older people about their news media consumption and their reasons for getting news about the surrounding world from the traditional news press. The article … Continued


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PAPER: Some fake news stories persisted longer than others

There were geographic and time-related trends in consumption of fake news prior to the US presidential election. Adam Fourney, Miklos Z. Racz,  Gireeja Ranade, Markus Mobius and Eric Horvitz, all of Microsoft Research, analyzed traffic to websites known for publishing fake news in the months preceding the 2016 presidential election. Researchers used instrumentation data from … Continued


ARTICLE: Individual news repertoires and political participation

In contemporary high-choice media environments, people increasingly mix and combine their use of various news media into personal news repertoires, write Jesper Strömbäck, of University of Gothenburg, Kajsa Falasca, of Mid Sweden University, and Sanne Kruikemeier, of University of Amsterdam. The article explores how people compose these individual news repertoires and the effects of different news repertoires on political participation. … Continued



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ARTICLE: National papers do not set the public’s economic opinion

Does media coverage change the way the audience views economy, or does coverage follow the public opinion? Daniel J. Hopkins, Eunji Kim and Soojong Kim, all of University of Pennsylvania, investigated the question by a large-scale comparison of public sentiment and news tone. The authors conducted an automated analysis of over 150 000 news articles … Continued


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ARTICLE: Americans want more objectivity and less interpretation

Do journalists and their audience agree on what journalism should be like? The question was investigated by Lars Willnat, of Syracuse University, with David H. Weaver and G. Cleveland Wilhoit, both of Indiana University-Bloomington. The authors compared the results from two surveys with American journalists (N=1080) and members of the public (N=1230). The surveys inquired, … Continued