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ARTICLE: Traditional foreign correspondence is hard to replace

Using “virtual correspondence” can help ease the workload of traditional foreign correspondents – but not replace them, write Oliver Hahn, Florian Stalph and Tom Steller, all of University of Passau. They report on six years of experimenting with virtual correspondence with a total of 90 German journalism students. Based on the students’ experiences, virtual correspondents … Continued


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ARTICLE: The bigger and more powerful a country is, the less foreign news it produces

Many factors influence the volume of foreign news reported in different countries. The new study by Miki Tanikawa of Akita International University, Japan, takes a macro-level look at the issue. Tanikawa studied countries’ size and strengths as determinants of foreign news volume. The researcher used secondary data from two recent international studies on television news … Continued


ARTICLE: How do NGOs influence and shape public discourses on conflict?

It has been claimed that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have become increasingly visible in media discourses on armed conflict. But what types of NGOs, in what way and under what conditions? In their article Christoph O. Meyer, of King’s College London, Eric Sangar, of FNRS/University of Namur and Eva Michaels, of King’s College London, develop a … Continued


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ARTICLE: Israeli journalists tweeted differently about the Gaza war

How did Israeli journalists’ Twitter messages about the 2014 Gaza war differ from their international colleagues’ messages, asked Ori Tenenboim, of University of Texas at Austin. Tenenboim analysed a random sample of 1 000 tweets, sent by 20 Israeli and 20 international journalists. The contents of the messages differed significantly: Israeli journalists mentioned places in … Continued


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ARTICLE: Spies put journalists in mortal danger

The way American and British intelligence services use journalists put bona fide reporters in harm’s way, Paul Lashmar, of City, University of London, writes. The author investigated any available information relating to the aforementioned services’ use of journalists, and asked journalists about their experiences. For decades, both the British and Americans have used journalism as … Continued


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ARTICLE: Chat apps bring journalists new possibilities, but also dilemmas

Mobile chat apps offer journalists new opportunities for interacting with sources, write Valerie Belair-Gagnon and Colin Agur, both of University of Minnesota, with Nicholas Frisch, of Yale University. The authors interviewed 34 foreign correspondents based in Hong Kong and China. The authors recognized two areas of chat app use, taking place either in open or … Continued


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ARTICLE: The three different roles of foreign correspondents working in China

How do foreign correspondents in China perceive their professional roles, and how their role perceptions differ across different media systems? asks Yuan Zeng of City University of Hong Kong, in a new article. Based on interviews with 101 journalists, the author identified three types of China correspondents: a detached disseminator a populist watchdog and a … Continued


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ARTICLE: News agencies are conservative on user generated content

International news agencies put little weight on user generated content (UGC) on their online news videos, a team of scholars found. They analysed the videos uploaded to the YouTube accounts of five news organisations, Al Jazeera English, France 24 English, Russia Today, CNN International, and Al Arabiya, over the course of one week in 2013. … Continued


REPORT: Media coverage shapes people’s opinions on migration

Media coverage is vital to shaping people’s opinions on migration and the plight of refugees and asylum seekers, states EUROMED Migration IV report. In the study journalists from 17 countries examine the quality of migration media coverage from a national perspective. The migration story seems to follow two narratives: Emotional reporting of migrants as victims … Continued


ARTICLE: Peng Liyuan as first First Lady of China

In the Western World, the spouse of a nation’s leader – the First Lady – often receives high visibility as a as a champion of social causes. Before Peng Liyuan, a famous singer and the wife of China’s president Xi Jinping, visible spouses of the presidents in China were rare. By conducting a qualitative thematic textual analysis, Qi Ling … Continued