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ARTICLE: The relationships between PR and journalists in Germany

Relationships between journalists and PR practitioners are complex. Thomas Koch, of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Magdalena Obermaier and Claudia Riesmeyer, both of Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, conducted a survey to which 835 journalists and 601 public relations practitioners in Germany responded, looking at how public relations exerts power over journalists. The research studies six bases of … Continued


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ARTICLE: German newsrooms do not embrace transparency

The norm of transparency finds only “limited purchase” among German journalists, write Michael Koliska, of Georgetown University, and Kalyani Chadha, of University of Maryland. The authors interviewed 17 German journalists from 15 leading news outlets. Koliska and Chadha approached the adoption of the transparency norm through the concept of innovation diffusion. Relying on Everett Rogers‘ … Continued


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ARTICLE: Incomprehensible news create “illusions of knowledge”

People with low need for cognition (NFC) will feel more knowledgeable after reading an incomprehensible news article than after reading a comprehensible article, Mathias Weber and Christina Koehler, both of Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, discovered. The authors conducted an online experiment with 82 Germans. The participants read one of two versions of the same … Continued


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ARTICLE: Public service news are more diverse than commercial

News published online by public service broadcasters provide more diversity than news published by other types of news organisations, Edda Humprecht and Frank Esser, both of University of Zurich, write. The authors analysed 1 660 political news articles, published by 48 news organisations in six countries: United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. … Continued


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ARTICLE: What predicts information overload when reading news online?

People who are confident about their capability to seek information experienced less information overload, a new study finds. Josephine B. Schmitt, of the University of Cologne, Christina A. Debbelt, of the University of Hohenheim & Frank M. Schneider, of the University of Mannheim studied predictors of information overload (IO) with online news. The authors conducted … Continued


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ARTICLE: News media affects German energy policy

News media has power to sway energy policy, especially at the beginning and at the end of a policy cycle, Nayla Fawzi, of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, writes. Fawzi surveyed 338 German policy makers and media representatives over how they perceive different actors’ influence on German energy policy. Fawzi divided the respondents into five … Continued


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ARTICLE: Commercial logic has gained ground in German news in 30 years

Have traits of commercialization, such as conflict, personalization and scandals become more common in news? Maria Karidi of LMU Munich studied how characteristics of commercial media logic appear in German news during 30 years of time. The article looks at 2973 news articles from 1984, 1989 and 2014. The news sample is gathered from Süddeutsche … Continued


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ARTICLE: PR has the upper hand over German soccer journalists

German sports journalists covering soccer are increasingly dependent on the sports clubs’ PR professionals, Christoph G. Grimmer, of University of Tübingen, writes. Grimmer surveyed 174 soccer-specialized sports journalists and 18 club spokespersons. The author also conducted interviews with the spokespeople. Both journalists and PR people agree the former are dependent on the latter, Grimmer discovered. … Continued