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ARTICLE: How advertising tech firms see fake news, and how this affects the business of journalism

Different online marketing platforms and programmatic advertising has made it possible to profit from producing fake news. On the other hand, also legitimate news organizations use this infrastructure and the same tools for their livelihood. Joshua A. Braun and Jessica L. Eklund, of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, wanted to find out how the programmatic … Continued

The transformation challenge for the media industry – interview with Lucy Küng

VIDEO: The transformation challenge for the media industry

Lucy Küng, Google Digital News Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute, talked to us about her new research report. She gave a keynote talk at the Median ja viestinnän tutkimuksen päivät conference, in Jyväskylä, Finland, April 2018. For “Going Digital. A Roadmap for Organisational Transformation”, Küng studied several news organizations including The Washington Post, … Continued

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ARTICLE: What drives crowdfunding campaigns for feminist journalism?

Many crowdfunding campaigns seek to secure funding for feminist journalism. The organisers of these campaigns envision themselves as parts of a larger societal movement, rather than producers of niche journalism, Andrea Hunter and Jacqueline Di Bartolomeo, both of Concordia University, write. The authors reviewed the crowdfunding applications of 40 self-identified, feminist journalism initiatives and interviewed … Continued

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ARTICLE: Only 1 in 10 recognized native advertising

The consequences of native advertising can be a double-edged sword for publishers, a new research finds. Michelle A. Amazeen of Boston University, and Bartosz W. Wojdynski of the University of Georgia, studied the effects of disclosure design characteristics on readers’ ability to recognize such content as paid advertising. Researchers did an experiment with a representative … Continued

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ARTICLE: Silicon Valley as an institutional force disrupting journalism

Digital platforms emerging from Silicon Valley have gained a growing gatekeeping power in journalism. Frank Michael Russell of California State University did a qualitative analysis of 21 interviews from the interview series Riptide, “an oral history of the epic collision between journalism and digital technology from 1980 to the present”. The interviews with tech company … Continued

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REPORT: Segmenting news subscribers by mindsets

Identifying news subscriber personas gives publishers a new way of thinking about their audience, writes Tran Ha, of American Press Institute, in a new report. As a part of their Media Insight Project, the institute conducted in-depth interviews with 15 people who represent different extremes in news subscription behavior. Based on these interviews, the authors … Continued

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ARTICLE: New Zealand’s media is converging beyond ownership concentration

Ownership concentration is not the only relevant measure of media convergence, although it is the only form that has been researched in the New Zealand context, Merja Myllylahti, of Auckland University of Technology, writes. Myllylahti analysed a host of studies, corporate documents and press reports in order to map out how different forms of convergence … Continued

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ARTICLE: African American papers invest in online presence and free circulation

The paid circulation of African American newspapers has since 1993 declined, and they are instead circulated increasingly as freesheets, write Stephen Lacy and Daniel Krier, both of Michigan State University, with Sandra L. Combs, of Arkansas State University (names not in original order). The authors gleaned data regarding African American papers from the Editor & … Continued

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ARTICLE: Change of ownership increased political content in the front pages of Wall Street Journal

Relatively more political stories were being promoted after Rupert Murdoch took over the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), a study by Allison M. Archer, of the University of Richmond, and Joshua Clinton, of Vanderbilt University, shows. They examined how ownership influences media behavior by researching the impact of Murdoch’s purchase of the newspaper in August 2007. … Continued