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ARTICLE: National papers do not set the public’s economic opinion

Does media coverage change the way the audience views economy, or does coverage follow the public opinion? Daniel J. Hopkins, Eunji Kim and Soojong Kim, all of University of Pennsylvania, investigated the question by a large-scale comparison of public sentiment and news tone. The authors conducted an automated analysis of over 150 000 news articles … Continued


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ARTICLE: News coverage of inequality is “biased” and “one-sided”

Andrea Grisold and Hendrik Theine, both of Vienna University of Economics and Business, have reviewed the extant research on reporting economic inequality. Their meta-analysis suggests the number of stories is increasing, but their qualitative nature is not: economic inequality is largely covered in an episodic manner, and by placing blame on individual rather than societal … Continued


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ARTICLE: Advertisers hold back investigative business journalism

The dependence on advertising revenue discourages newsrooms from pursuing critical investigations, Maha Rafi Atal, of University of Cambridge, writes. The author interviewed 22 American and British journalists working in six newsrooms. Atal also had the opportunity to investigate the newsrooms’ financial statements. Many of the newsrooms were heavily reliant on advertising revenue, which made the … Continued



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ARTICLE: News tweets affect the stock market

Economic news published on Twitter by the Reuters and Bloomberg agencies cause the Dow Jones Industrial Average stock market index (DJI) to fluctuate, write Nadine Strauß, Rens Vliegenthart and Piet Verhoeven, all of University of Amsterdam. The authors analysed the two agencies’ tweets from September 2015 and compared them to the changes in the DJI. … Continued


Economic news and learning – Arjen van Dalen interview

VIDEO: Economic news and learning

Arjen van Dalen, Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark told us about his four-year research project that focuses on economic news. The research group studied, using content analysis and a large survey following people’s understanding of news during one year, how people learn about and understand economic news. At the end of the … Continued



New International Journal of Communication out now

The International Journal of Communication has just published a new issue and a special section on digital citizenship and surveillance. The both include a bunch of intriguing articles for those interested in journalism. Take a look at these for example: Masahiro Yamamoto, Seungahn Nah and Deborah Chung: U.S. Newspaper Editors’ Ratings of Social Media as Influential News … Continued