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Financial journalism emphasizes the social position of the experts

Economic journalism relies on words indicating a respectable, networked social position when describing their expert sources, a new study finds. Catherine Walsh from Cardiff University offers new perspective and support on the previous findings that journalists are insufficiently critical of their expert sources. The reason might not be due to a failure to challenge technical … Continued


ARTICLE: When a company is in a crisis, journalists’ attention shifts away from the CEO

A company’s chief executive officer (CEO) is usually its most visible public representative. However, in a time of crisis, journalists’ attention moves towards the company’s board members, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz researchers Nora Denner, Thomas Koch and Stephanie Senger discovered. The authors set out to investigate how personalized crisis coverage is – in other words, … Continued


ARTICLE: Which sources would journalists choose for immigration news?

Elite sources tend to dominate the coverage of immigration, but when journalists have the chance they include more immigrants’ voices. Akhteruz Zaman, of Massey University, and Jahnnabi Das, of University of Technology Sydney, came to the conclusion after analysing 525 news articles published by six newspapers in six countries. Zaman and Das made a distinction … Continued


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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