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ARTICLE: In Chile, TV is better for democracy than newspapers

Chilean television news provide more civic and watchdog journalism than newspapers do, write Daniel C. Hallin, of University of California San Diego, and Claudia Mellado, of Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso. The authors analysed the news output of two Chilean newspapers and two television channels. The authors sought signs of three types of “journalistic role … Continued


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ARTICLE: News frames influence sharing on Twitter and Facebook

Sebastián Valenzuela, Martina Piña and Josefina Ramírez, all of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, studied how news frames affect sharing on social media in Chile – the country with the highest social media penetration rate in Latin America. The study looked at the effects of four frames: conflict, economic, human interest, and morality. The authors collected … Continued


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ARTICLE: Journalistic autonomy requires balancing between professional, organizational and relational dimensions

High concentration of media ownership and the proximity of the media to political and economic elites have been identified as challenges to the autonomy of Chilean journalism. Ximena Orchard, of the Universidad Alberto Hurtado, examined how journalists negotiate notions of autonomy in their daily exchanges with politicians. The study is based on semi-structured interviews from … Continued


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ARTICLE: The more Chileans study journalism, the less they want to practice it

When Chilean journalism students approach graduation, their interest in working in journalism declines, write Claudia Mellado, of Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, and Andrés Scherman, of Diego Portales University. The authors surveyed 1 985 Chilean journalism students from 14 private and public universities. Most journalism students want to work in producing journalism, but their proportion … Continued