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ARTICLE: Fast crisis reporting makes journalists cautious

Journalists express uncertainty more often when they are tasked with the fast-paced coverage of unfolding crises, Shelly Rom and Zvi Reich, both of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, write. The authors analysed the output of two Israeli news websites, Ynet and Walla, and interviewed five journalists with experience editing both regular news and “news flashes”. … Continued


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ARTICLE: Communities in Israel making sense of extremist violence

How do cultural-level sense-making processes work in a highly conflictual case? Christian Baden and Yossi David, both of The Hebrew University Jerusalem, studied media coverage on Israeli president Reuven Rivlin’s interpretation of two lethal attacks by Jewish extremists on a Palestinian family and the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade in 2015. The authors compared coverage by … 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: News agenda influences generalist politicians more than specialists

Politicians who are involved with many issues are more likely to follow the agenda set by news media than specialized politicians are, write Alon Zoizner and Tamir Sheafer, both of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with Stefaan Walgrave, of University of Antwerp. The authors analysed over 45 000 speeches given by Belgian, Canadian, and Israeli … Continued


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ARTICLE: Why make news for children – and what kind?

Israeli children’s news creators think no topic should be categorically excluded from the newscasts, Michal Alon-Tirosh, of Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, writes. Alon-Tirosh interviewed 15 professionals working with children’s news -policy makers, editors, and anchors- over how they perceived their audiences’ needs. Majority of the interviewees thought children’s news were needed in order to … 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



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ARTICLE: Direct personal experience predicts trust in news the most

What happens to trust in media when individuals are present at the site of the event, and can evaluate the reports based on their own experiences? Oren Livio and Jonathan Cohen of the University of Haifa conducted an online survey to 405 Israeli adults asking about various predictors of public trust in journalism. The strongest … Continued


ARTICLE: Foreign correspondents in Israel-Palestine conflict

Journalistic world in Jerusalem is divided over the Palestinism/Israelism -conflict, states Jérôme Bourdon of Tel Aviv University in his paper published in the journal Journalism. The paper, titled Strange strangers: The Jerusalem correspondents in the network of nations is based on an ethnographic investigation of foreign press correspondents working in Israel and Palestine. Bourdon argues that journalists voice their suspicions and … Continued


ARTICLE: Soccer news symptomatic of Israeli identity

The ways how Israeli press has written about the country’s national soccer team has changed over the years. These changes are largely the result of changes in Israeli national identity and the fracturing of common political discourse, write Haim Hagay and Oren Meyers, both of University of Haifa. The authors studied sports news about international … Continued