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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: Lifestyle journalists are not all the same

The role conceptions of lifestyle journalists vary according to their specialization, Folker Hanusch, of University of Vienna, writes. The author surveyed 616 Australian lifestyle journalists over how important they saw certain aspects of their work. Hanusch’s study recognizes four professional role conceptions: the “Service Provider”, “Life Coach”, “Community Advocate” and the “Inspiring Entertainer”. Out of … Continued


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ARTICLE: A multi-level look at environmental journalism

How do different levels of influences affect the daily work of environmental journalists? Ever Josue Figueroa, of the University of Texas at Austin, studied environmental journalism as a space for a multi-level analysis, using a newer configuration of the hierarchy of influences model (HOI) as a theoretical framework. Figueroa conducted in-depth interviews with 13 environmental … Continued


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ARTICLE: Performance of journalistic roles affects objectivity of reporting

Comparative research on journalistic objectivity has most often been studied in Western contexts. Claudia Mellado, of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, María Luisa Humanes, of Rey Juan Carlos University, and Mireya Márquez-Ramírez, of Universidad Iberoamericana, studied the relation between role performance and the implementation of the objectivity norm in Chile, Mexico, and Spain. The authors … Continued


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ARTICLE: Journalistic autonomy requires balancing between professional, organizational and relational dimensions

High concentration of media ownership and the proximity of the media to political and economic elites have been identified as challenges to the autonomy of Chilean journalism. Ximena Orchard, of the Universidad Alberto Hurtado, examined how journalists negotiate notions of autonomy in their daily exchanges with politicians. The study is based on semi-structured interviews from … Continued


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ARTICLE: Reconstructing Rwanda through journalism

Since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the country’s media landscape has changed dramatically. Karen McIntyre, of Virginia Commonwealth University and Meghan Sobel, of Regis University used qualitative interviews to figure out how Rwandan journalists view their roles today and whether they have contributed to the reconstruction and recovery of the country by practicing constructive journalism. Constructive … Continued


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CFP | 15.9. | How do online journalists see their role in society?

A special issue of the #ISOJ Journal is now accepting paper submissions. The issue will be published in conjunction with the International Symposium on Online Journalism, in April 2018. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their work at the Symposium, which will take place in Austin, Texas (United States). The issue’s theme … Continued


ARTICLE: Traditional journalism principles in local TV newsrooms

Are traditional journalism principles still alive and well in today’s local TV newsrooms? ask Keren Henderson and Michael Cremedas, both of Syracuse University. The authors surveyed 348 local television journalists to answer the question. The findings indicate that most local television journalists believe they adhere to traditional journalistic principles despite of increased pressures to produce … Continued


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ARTICLE: Most journalists use Twitter for brand-building

Majority of American journalists’ Twitter profiles contain branding elements, write Logan Molyneux, of Temple University, Avery Holton, of University of Utah, and Seth C. Lewis, of University of Oregon. The authors analyzed a representative sample of US-based journalists’ Twitter accounts (N=384) and their most recent tweets (N=1903). The journalists’ Twitter biographies almost always (80 per … 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