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ARTICLE: The connection between immigration news and real-world developments

How do news about immigration relate to real-life developments? University of Amsterdam researchers Laura Jacobs, Alyt Damstra, Mark Boukes and Knut De Swert did a longitudinal study from 1999 to 2015 analysing trends in immigration news and comparing these to real-world events and developments. The dictionary-based automated content analysis included over 4 million news articles … Continued

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ARTICLE: US newspapers focus on mass shooters, not their victims

American newspapers’ front pages show more pictures of mass shooters than their victims, Nicole Smith Dahmen, of University of Oregon, writes. Dahmen studied the photographs on 3 821 front pages, published after three separate mass shootings. The mass shootings selected for the sample were the Virginia Tech shooting (2007), Sandy Hook elementary school shooting (2012) … Continued

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ARTICLE: Spanish press prefers a “loyal facilitator” role in covering business

Spanish newspapers emphasize different journalistic roles when dealing with different topics, María Luisa Humanes, of University Rey Juan Carlos, and Sergio Roses, of University of Málaga, write. The authors analysed 2 278 news articles published by four Spanish newspapers in 2012 and 2013. The sample consists of articles from the papers Abc, El País, El … Continued

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ARTICLE: Extensive cooperation between journalists helped to reveal the Uzbekistan telecom corruption case

Investigative journalists have a played an important role in exposing corruption around the world. Ester Pollack of Stockholm University and Sigurd Allern of the University of Oslo, studied the work of investigative journalists in revealing large-scale corruption related to the expansion of Nordic telecom companies in Uzbekistan. The research is based on qualitative interviews with … Continued

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BOOK: Modern world needs collaborative journalism, but it is not a panacea

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has published a new open access book on collaboration in investigative journalism. The book is edited by Richard Sambrook, of Oxford University, and features chapters from five other writers. Collaborative journalism is not entirely new: newsrooms teamed up already in late 1800’s in order to pool resources … Continued

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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ARTICLE: News on rape shift blame and “mute the victim”

The way Australian press reports rape is troubling in many aspects, write Michelle Dunne Breen, Patricia Easteal, and Kate Holland, all of University of Canberra, with Georgina Sutherland and Cathy Vaughan, both of University of Melbourne. The authors analysed nine print and twelve online news stories about a particular incident in Sydney in 2013. One … 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