REPORT: Ever older Swedes use online newspapers

The use of online newspapers among late middle-aged Swedes is increasing, the preliminary results from an upcoming survey reveal. The Media Barometer is an annual survey, the full results of which are expected to be published in May or June. The increase of internet use in older demographics is due to the natural ageing of … Continued

ARTICLE: Economic news affect public’s expectations

News on economy, especially in times of downturn, affect the audience’s expectations of future economic prospects, writes Juliane Lischka, of University of Zürich. The author studied thousands of news pieces from three German television channels and one tabloid newspaper. Lischka compared the tone, volume and consonance of the news to economic indicators and public expectations, … Continued

CFP: Audience in contemporary mediascape

ECREA Audience and Reception Studies Conference is looking now for submissions. The event’s title is “Audience research in a ‘post-media’ age? Reflections on media-centric and non-media centric approaches to researching audiences in the 21stcentury”. It will take place in Tartu, Estonia, between the 25th and 27th of June. The conference welcomes papers on a wide … Continued

ARTICLE: Irregular immigration in news, a comparison

The journal American Behavioral Scientist has published a collection of online-first articles dealing with irregular immigration and media. The collection features five original articles, each with a comparative take on the subject. The researched countries are France, Norway and the United States. Following are short summaries of the articles.   Tine Ustad Figenschou, of University … Continued

ARTICLE: Faces of victims and killers alike get forgotten

People usually don’t recognize the faces of murder victims, even if the case was widely publicised, write Michael Brookes, David Wilson, Elizabeth Yardley, Mohammed Rahman, Sophie Rowe, all of Birmingham City University. The authors showed 103 UK residents photos of both victims and their murderers to gauge how well the subjects could recall the people … Continued

Mapping of right-wing media critique about to launch

A new research project on the media critique presented by right-wing populists is in the making. Kristoffer Holt, of Linnaeus University, presented the results of a pilot study in the same vein in late January. The event, an European Union funded COST Early Stage Researchers Think Tank, was held in Zürich. Holt studied the strains … Continued

ARTICLE: Participatory journalism in low demand

The Swedish audience has only modest interest in participatory journalism, write Michael Karlsson, Christer Clerwall, Karin Fast, all of Karlstadt University, and Annika Bergström, of University of Gothenburg (names not in original order). The authors used data from large-scale, national surveys and a longitudinal study of the features on online news services. Over time, the … Continued

ARTICLE: Narrative news easier for uninformed youth

News stories constructed to a narrative format are easier for young people to comprehend, write Katharina Emde, Christoph Klimmt and Daniela Schlütz, all of Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. They had 706 adolescents, aged between 12 and 17, read different types of news stories and then gauged how well they had understood and … Continued