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ARTICLE: What is the dominant discourse structure in Iranian and Dutch crime news texts?

News texts represent and share the most newsworthy events through familiar and conventionalized ways of communication in a specific society, write Afrooz Rafiee, Wilbert Spooren and José Sanders, all of Radboud University. The authors compare the discourse structure of crime reporting articles published in Iranian and Dutch newspapers. 100 crime-reporting news texts were collected and the structure … Continued

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ARTICLE: Can journalism help Brazil’s drug problem?

How does news media gather social capital through investigative reporting? Can this capital be used against the deadly drug-related violence in Brazil? These questions were asked by Alice Baroni, of University of Rio de Janeiro, and Andrea Mayr, of Queen’s University Belfast, who analysed the “Os embaixadores do Narcosul” series, published by the Brazilian newspaper … Continued

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PROJECT: Where do people get their views on violence?

A new research project has been launched to map out the sources from which Finns find information on violent crime, and how that information affects their perceptions on the actual threat of violence. The project is a collaboration between the universities of Helsinki and Tampere. The research is split between the two partners according to … Continued

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ARTICLE: The death of Robert Dziekanski changed the way Tasers are written about

The Canadian newspapers’ discourse on the use of Tasers changed after Robert Dziekanski died after the device was deployed against him, write Nicole Neverson, of Ryerson University, and Charles T. Adeyanju, of University of Prince Edward Island. The authors analysed 150 news articles (of a total of 304 discovered articles), published on the topic between … Continued

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ARTICLE: News on corruption differ by country and paper

Newspapers’ coverage of corruption is different in different countries – and in different papers, a study by Paolo Mancini, Marco Mazzoni, Rita Marchetti, all of University of Perugia, and Alessio Cornia from University of Oxford (names not in original order). The authors algorithmically analysed over 100 000 news articles from Italy, France, and the United … Continued

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ARTICLE: Reporting crime in Southern Europe riddled with problems

Crime journalism in Portugal, Spain, and Italy is difficult and in ways counterproductive for informing the public, write Maggie Jones Patterson, of Duquesne Universit, Romayne Smith Fullerton, of the University of Western Ontario, and Jorge Tuñón Navarro, of University Carlos III. The authors analysed crime news and interviews from 41 crime reporters from the three … Continued

ARTICLE: Police use press credentials as tools of control

The press credentials issued by US police departments were and still are mainly a tool to control the departments’ publicity, write Mary Angela Bock, Melissa Suran, and Laura Marina Boria González, all from the University of Texas at Austin. The authors investigated the credentialing policies of US’s 100 largest cities’ police departments, and interviewed public … Continued

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ARTICLE: Changing legal definitions of a journalist

Blogging and citizen journalism have blurred the definition of who is a journalist from a legal perspective. A new article by Jane Johnston of the University of Queensland and Anne Wallace of Edith Cowan University studies this issue. The research examines how courts, legislators and policy makers are dealing with the challenges of redefining the … Continued