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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



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ARTICLE: Banks featured most often in economic news

Banks, and to a lesser extent automobiles and components industry, enjoy a slightly privileged status in economic news, write Jeroen G. F. Jonkman, Damian Trilling, Piet Verhoeven and Rens Vliegenthart, all of University of Amsterdam. The authors analysed the contents of the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad‘s economy section from 2007 to 2013. First, the authors … Continued


ARTICLE: Coverage of the Euro crisis in the Netherlands

Alyt Damstra, and Rens Vliegenthart, both of Amsterdam School of Communication Research, explore how the recent economic crisis was framed by print media and how do they differ in their use of those frames. The focus is on the Netherlands By using in-depth qualitative content analysis and a quantitative analysis the writers found five major frames: business, … Continued


PAPER: Investigating and revealing tax havens

Journalistic investigations on tax havens are crucial but difficult and dangerous, writes Sidsel Dalen, a Norwegian freelance journalist and a Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism fellow. In her fellowship paper Dalen reviews the global state of tax evasion and problems associated with investigating them. In addition, Dalen has interviewed journalists and scholars involved … Continued