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ARTICLE: Deciding which news to trust among competing narratives in Ukraine

With contradictory strategic narratives from different parties and governments, propaganda and disinformation, Ukraine’s news media environment has been a difficult one to analyze properly. Joanna Szostek of Royal Holloway, University of London, investigated how Ukrainian people decide where to get their news and what to believe. The author gathered 30 audio-diaries and in-depth interviews with … Continued

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ARTICLE: US journalists avoid suggesting solutions to crises

American journalists fear that reporting on possible solutions to crises could make them seem biased, Lauren Kogen, of Temple University, writes. Kogen interviewed 19 American journalists and editors who have been reporting on famine in Africa. The interviewees’ responses were conflicted, the author found. On one hand, the reporters saw a desperate need for solutions, … Continued

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ARTICLE: Fast crisis reporting makes journalists cautious

Journalists express uncertainty more often when they are tasked with the fast-paced coverage of unfolding crises, Shelly Rom and Zvi Reich, both of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, write. The authors analysed the output of two Israeli news websites, Ynet and Walla, and interviewed five journalists with experience editing both regular news and “news flashes”. … Continued

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ARTICLE: Media mainly kept their informative role during Twitter discussions of four big conflicts

Svetlana S. Bodrunova and Ivan S. Blekanov of St. Petersburg State University, and Anna A. Litvinenko of Freie Universität Berlin (authors not in original order), looked at Twitter discussions concerning four recent conflicts in the United States, Germany, France, and Russia. They compared how the roles taken by media differed by analyzing a total of … Continued

ARTICLE: How do NGOs influence and shape public discourses on conflict?

It has been claimed that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have become increasingly visible in media discourses on armed conflict. But what types of NGOs, in what way and under what conditions? In their article Christoph O. Meyer, of King’s College London, Eric Sangar, of FNRS/University of Namur and Eva Michaels, of King’s College London, develop a … Continued

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ARTICLE: Conflict reporters under greater threat

The conflict reporter as we know it is a threatened species, a new study argues. Marte Høiby and Rune Ottosen, both of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, studied how journalists respond to a degraded security situation in conflict reporting and mapped editorial practices and policies for journalists. 73 journalists and 27 editors … Continued

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ARTICLE: Journalism is less pure than reporters claim

When asked about their work, journalists often paint an idealistic picture of the norms they uphold. When investigated more closely, these representations rarely hold true, Abit Hoxha and Thomas Hanitzsch, both of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, write. They report on an international research project spanning 11 countries. A total of 215 journalists, who are … Continued

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ARTICLE: American journalists conflicted by mass shooting coverage

American journalists are largely satisfied by the way mass shootings are covered, while they still see room for improvement. The journalists’ attitudes were studied by Nicole Smith Dahmen and Jesse Abdenour, both of University of Oregon, with Karen McIntyre, of Virginia Commonwealth University, and Krystal E. Noga-Styron, of Central Washington University. The authors surveyed 1 … Continued

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ARTICLE: Little difference between liberal and conservative papers’ coverage of the Crimean crisis

American newspapers covered the 2014 Crimean crisis in a fairly uniform fashion regardless of the papers’ political orientation, writes Anastasia N. Sorokina, of Temple University. Sorokina analysed 568 news article headlines regarding the crisis, published in six American newspapers. Half of the papers are considered liberal and half conservative leaning. The proportions of countries mentioned … Continued