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ARTICLE: Consuming news from multiple platforms is good for civic engagement

Logan Molyneux, of Temple University, examined how civically engaged individuals consume various types of news content across multiple platforms. The data was collected using an online survey for US adults, 1500 participants answering questions about their news consumption habits, civic and political participation, and demographic information. The study asked about the use of six platforms: … Continued

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ARTICLE: Political news sites attract ideologically diverse audiences

Partisan selective exposure to news or echo chambers seems not to be the main driver for political polarization, a new study finds. Researchers Jacob L. Nelson and James G. Webster, of Northwestern University, studied audience behaviour on political news sites in the United States. They used comScore data tracking audiences’ behaviours, looking at ideological profiles … Continued

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ARTICLE: Rethinking media’s responsibility towards refugees

Lilie Chouliaraki and Tijana Stolic, both of the London School of Economics and Political Science, studied newspaper headline images from five European countries. They created a typology of visibilities of the ‘crisis’, each proposing different forms of civic agency and responsibility towards refugees. The authors found five types of visibilities: visibility as biological life, empathy, … Continued

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ARTICLE: Four types of “fake news”

So-called fake news have become a widely discussed topic especially since the 2016 presidential elections in the United States. The concept and the term, however, are older, write Edson C. Tandoc Jr., Zheng Wei Lim and Richard Ling, all of Nanyang Technological University. The authors searched for scholarly articles using the term and analysed the … Continued

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ARTICLE: Both audience and journalists unsure of fact checkers

Both journalists and lay social media users have mixed opinions on fact checking and information verification services, write Petter Bae Brandtzaeg and Asbjørn Følstad, both of the Norwegian research company SINTEF, with María Ángeles Chaparro Domínguez, of Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Spain. The authors conducted group interviews with 18 Norwegian journalism students and individual … Continued

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ARTICLE: Millenials’ definition of “news” is becoming broader

The so-called Millenial generation considers as “news” a wider selection of information than what journalists and scholars usually do. This finding is reported by Natalia Rulyova, of University of Birmingham, and Hannah Westley, of The American University of Paris. The authors analysed the media diaries of 189 university students from Russia, France, United Kingdom, and … Continued

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PAPER: Design and features on news websites can affect perceived bias

With news websites increasingly adapting to individual users, the experience of each user is becoming more tailored. User characteristics, website design and technical features of websites impact users’ perception of bias, a new conference paper finds. Brendan Spillane, Séamus Lawless and Vincent Wade, of Trinity College, Dublin, did an experiment using eight different kind of … Continued

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ARTICLE: Live-blogged news are harder to follow

Live-blogging is an increasingly popular, speedy genre of online news delivery. The format, however, is more difficult to follow than the traditional “inverted pyramid”, Angela Lee, of University of Texas at Dallas, writes. Lee conducted an online experiment with 220 Americans, in which they were presented with either live-blogged or inverted pyramid versions of news … Continued