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ARTICLE: Compatriot newspapers covered the Euro crisis the same way

Could a common problem help create a shared public space that spans different, affected countries? Giovanni Barbieri and Marco Mazzoni, both of University of Perugia, with Donatella Campus, of University of Bologna, studied the question in the light of the recent “Euro Crisis” (author names not in original order). They analysed over 10 000 news … Continued


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ARTICLE: Best practices for disaster reporting

Disaster reporting has faced a lot of critique. How should it be done properly? Jacqui Ewart and Hamish McLean, of Griffith University Australia, went through the research on news media coverage on disasters and did interviews with senior emergency managers in eight countries: Australia, Germany, Sweden, Canada, the United States, Norway, Iceland and the United … Continued


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ARTICLE: Writing about asylum seekers is permeated by tension

Journalists find it valuable to tell asylum seekers’ personal stories in order to show that they are humans “like us”, but telling those stories is not easy, write Mervi Pantti and Markus Ojala, both of University of Helsinki. The authors interviewed 24 Finnish journalists experienced with the topic, representing a total of 14 national, regional … Continued


ARTICLE: Israeli newspapers follow the government line

When reporting the 2014 Gaza War, Israeli newspapers’ narrative closely followed the official line presented by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), Oren Livio and Shani Cohen-Yechezkely, both of University of Haifa, write. The authors analysed the war’s news coverage in three Israeli online newspapers: Ynet, Nrg, and Haaretz Online. The news coverage was then compared to … Continued


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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