ARTICLE: News sites’ comment sections not civil enough

Comment section on news websites do not fulfill their normative goals, write Nina Springer, Christian Pfaffinger, both of Ludwig Maximiliam University of Munich, and Ines Engelmann, of University of Jena (names not in original order). They surveyed hundreds of Germans in relation to their motives for use and non-use of news website comment sections. According … Continued


ARTICLE: Steady negativity sticks to the dilettantes

Repeated exposure to negatively framed news has a noticeable effect on the audience’s political views, write Sophie Lecheler, Andreas Schuck, both of Univeristy of Amsterdam, Mario Keer, of the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, and Regula Hänggli, of University of Fribourg (names not in original order). The authors subjected research participants to news stories … Continued


BOOK: Radio audience in a networked society

A new book in the Routledge series Studies in European communication research & education has been published. Titled Radio Audiences and Participation in the Age of Network Society the volume discusses the forms and extent of audience-producer interaction in modern radio. The book is edited by Tiziano Bonini, of IULM University of Milan, and Belén … Continued


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REPORT: Newspaper is the least relied-upon medium

Overall trust in the world is in decline, shows a recent study by public relations company Edelman. According to the annual report, trust in media is in decline in most of the surveyed countries. Especially the role of newspapers seems to be on the brink of insignificance: they are the primary source of information only … Continued


Media production promoting youth’s literacy – project announced

A new research project has been announced by the University of Tampere. It aims to improve youth’s multiliteracy, the capability to produce and understand various forms of messages, by having them produce public media displays. The project will be a concerted effort by researchers, journalists and pedagogues. Titled Syrjästä framille monilukutaidolla (“From fringes to the … Continued


ARTICLE: A plurality of mobile news consumption patterns

Mobile news are finding many niches in our daily lives, but they’re not about to eclipse traditional media, write Kristin Van Damme, Karel Verbrugge, Lieven De Marez, all of Ghent University, and Cédric Courtois, of Catholic University of Leuven (names not in original order). They reached their conclusion through a combination of a large-scale survey … Continued


ARTICLE: In Sweden, print-only readers are old and few

Mobile media has become the most significant form of news young Swedes consume, write Oscar Westlund and Mathias Färdigh, both of University of Gothenburg. They combed through the results of 27 consecutive national surveys to see how the emergence of mobile media has changed media consumption patterns. They found that all age groups mainly used … Continued



CFP: Baltic journalism in an increasingly insecure environment

Abstract submissions are now open for the conference “Interaction of media and politics in the Baltic states”. The event is to be held in Vilnius, Lithuania on the 7th and 8th of May. One of the conference’s four subthemes is titled “Political and investigative journalism”, although all sections of the event border journalism scholarship in … Continued