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ARTICLE: Panama Papers enabled policy change in New Zealand, but faded quickly

The Panama Papers data leak and media collaboration in 2016 were unprecedented in scale, and drew unprecedented news focus to global tax abuse. Thomas Owen and Taylor Annabell, of Auckland University of Technology, studied the coverage of Panama Papers in New Zealand media, analyzing thosands of articles from 23 news outlets. The data leaks functioned … Continued

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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: Economic news focus on negative developments

Dutch newspapers present a more negative picture of the economy than what the situation actually is. Alyt Damstra and Mark Boukes, of the University of Amsterdam, studied the impact of economic news on people’s economic evaluations and expectations. The researchers did an analysis in two parts. First, they investigated the impact of real economy on … 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: 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: Financial journalism is limited in its influence

After the global financial crisis in 2007-2008, financial journalism has often been criticized for not fulfilling its role as a watchdog for businesses and the financial sector. Nadine Strauß of the University of Amsterdam, examined the role of financial journalists in financial markets in today’s high-frequency information and news era. She surveyed 40 US financial … 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

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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