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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

ARTICLE: Coverage of violent attacks against Muslims and non-Muslims

Mohammed el-Nawawy, of Queens University of Charlotte and Mohamad Hamas Elmasry, of Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, explore the coverage of Muslim-perpetrated terrorist attacks committed against Western-majority and Muslim-majority societies. It has been claimed that Western news outlets are more concerned with non-Muslim victims of terror than with Muslim victims. By using qualitative framing analysis … Continued

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ARTICLE: Chinese foreign correspondents are different from Westerners – but not alien

Chinese foreign correspondents share “many similarities with their Western counterparts” while still maintaining “distinctive features of their own”, write Shixin Ivy Zhang, the University of Nottingham Ningbo, and Xiaoling Zhang, of the University of Nottingham. The authors interviewed 19 Chinese journalists deployed in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. The authors used a new framework … Continued

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ARTICLE: Depicting the American soldier abroad

The reporting style of Ernie Pyle during WWII strongly influenced war reporting and journalism in the United States. A new article by Richard Fine of Virginia Commonwealth University looks at the development of this style. The war reporting style emerged during the British-American invasion of French North Africa in 1942–1943. Reporting conditions in North Africa … Continued

ARTICLE: Foreign correspondents using chat apps during unrest

Chat apps have taken on a heightened significance in reporting political unrest, particularly in terms of audience/reporter distinctions, sourcing of information, and community formation, write Valerie Belair-Gagnon and Colin Agur, of University of Minnesota and Nicholas Frisch, of University of Yale. Their article explores how foreign correspondents used chat apps, such as Whatsapp, to cover political … Continued

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ARTICLE: ITAR-TASS is influenced by Kremlin’s wishes

The Russian state-owned ITAR-TASS news agency echoes the tone of the official Kremlin narrative, Kohei Watanabe, of London School of Economics, writes. Watanabe algorithmically analysed over 87 000 ITAR-TASS news stories on the Ukrainian crisis and compared them to over 100 000 stories by an independent Russian news agency, Interfax. The author first identified a … Continued

Oliver Hahn interview

VIDEO: Global journalism and virtual foreign correspondence

Oliver Hahn, Professor of Journalism at the University of Passau talked to us about his work on international comparisons and cultural differences in journalism. He brings out interesting findings from his research into virtual foreign correspondence. Lastly, Hahn tells about his new project about digital investigative journalism. The interview was filmed at the ECREA 2016 … Continued

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ARTICLE: A Republican in the White House, more news on Israel

The party affiliation of the president of the United States affects the amount of news US newspapers publish on Israel, write Moran Yarchi and Amnon Cavari, both of Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, with Shira Pindyck, of University of Pennsylvania. The authors analysed algorithmically over 56 000 newspaper articles published by three American newspapers, The New York … Continued