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ARTICLE: Syrian refugees described as flooding water

The most commonly used category of metaphors for Syrian refugees is that of water masses, write Raith Zeher Abid (University of Karbala), Shakila Abdul Manan (Universiti Sains Malaysia), and Zuhair Abdul Amir Abdul Rahman (Sohar University). The authors analysed 2 548 news stories published online by nine news outlets from around the world. Overall, metaphors … Continued

ARTICLE: The emotionality of reporting crisis

Johana Kotišová, of Université de Liège and Masaryk University, explores how crisis reporters’ emotions are articulated by the processes of crisis reporting. The focus is on reporting refugee crisis and the 13 November Paris terrorist attacks by Czech Television. The study is based on observation in newsrooms and semi-structured interviews with journalists. The results show … Continued


CFP | 17.4. | Crisis reporting in the digital age

The 5th Internation Crisis Communication Conference is calling for paper proposals. The event is organised by the Crisis Communication section of the European Communication Research and Education Association. It will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, between the 19th and 21st of October 2017. The conference is broadly interested in the contemporary challenges of all crisis … Continued

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ARTICLE: How do terror attack survivors feel about journalists?

On 22.7.2011 a terrorist attack killed 77 people in Norway, most of them youth on a summer camp on Utøya island. A total of 490 campers survived the massacre, many of whom were contacted by the media for interviews. How did contact with journalists, and the subsequent coverage, affect the survivors? Researchers from the Norwegian … Continued

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ARTICLE: For a while, Reuters pushed the Russian narrative of Ukraine

The news agency Reuters’ coverage of the Ukrainian crisis closely followed the line of the Russian state-controlled ITAR-TASS news agency, an analysis by Kohei Watanabe, of London School of Economics, reveals. Watanabe algorithmically analysed 9 281 news stories dealing with democracy in Ukraine, published by four news agencies in 2013 and 2014. The three Western … Continued

ARTICLE: Visual framing of the Ukraine conflict

As political conflicts are defined and, indeed, often enacted in the media, images are powerful carriers of meaning, influencing what we know and how we feel about a conflict, write Markus Ojala and Mervi Pantti, of University of Helsinki, and Jarkko Kangas, of University of Tampere, The article examines how different frames are visually reproduced … Continued

ARTICLE: Australian news photographers and trauma

Fay Anderson, of Monash University, examines Australian news photographers’ and picture editors’ experiences when covering hazardous assignments and the physical and psychological costs. The interviews revealed that PTSD and trauma-related symptoms were rather common. Emotional consequences assumed greater importance in the photographers’ memories than the physical hazards. Not only the suffering and death caused anxiety and depression … Continued

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ARTICLE: Why journalists choose to cover suicide

Journalists usually believe suicide deaths should not be covered, yet they regularly do write and publish stories about them, a study on US newspaper journalists found. Randal A. Beam, Sue Lockett John and Michael Mead Yaqub interviewed 50 journalists across the country in areas suffering from varying rates of suicide. The journalists’ initial impulse, by … Continued