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ARTICLE: Journalistic roles in Muslim-majority countries

New study by Nurhaya Muchtar, of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Basyouni Ibrahim Hamada, Qatar University, Thomas Hanitzsch, University of Munich, Ashraf Galal, Cairo University, Masduki, Indonesian Islamic University, and Mohammad Sahid Ullah, of University of Chittagong, focuses on the professional roles as perceived by journalists in 12 Muslim-majority countries and reflects on the role journalism … Continued


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ARTICLE: Journalists change roles in health crises

Journalists’ conceptions of their role change during health crises, such as epidemic outbreaks, write Celine Klemm and Tilo Hartmann, both of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, with Enny Das, of Radboud University Nijmegen (author names not in original order). The authors interviewed 22 Finnish and German newspaper journalists with experience on health reporting. Journalists hold dear certain … Continued


ARTICLE: Personal affinity in relationships between journalists and politicians

Informal relationships between journalists and politicians have a strategic function in the process of news-making, write Andreu Casero-Ripollés, of Universitat Jaume I de Castelló, and Pablo López-Rabadán, of Universitat Jaume I de Castelló. The researchers analysed the role of personal affinity between the media and politicians in Spain by focusing on three specific issues: self-definition … Continued


ARTICLE: Perspectives of UAV early adopters

Recent research has examined journalistic unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) use focusing primarily on legal, ethical, and regulatory implications. This article by Valerie Belair-Gagnon, of University of Minnesota, Taylor Owen, of University of British Columbia, and Avery E. Holton, of the University of Utah, explores the ethical principles that guide journalists who use UAVs and how … Continued


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ARTICLE: Broadcast and print majors share values but differ in personalities

Journalism students majoring in broadcast and in print largely share the same values, write Serena Carpenter, of Michigan State University, Anne Hoag, of Penn State, and August E. Grant, of University of South Carolina. The authors surveyed 686 American journalism students over their personality traits and life values. As was expected by the authors, students … Continued



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ARTICLE: Journalists in the Global South prioritize different roles than Westerners

Journalists in developing African and Asian countries have different role conceptions from Western journalists, a multi-national team of researchers has discovered. The team surveyed 2598 journalists in Bangladesh, Botswana, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Malawi, Malaysia, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania. These results were then compared to results from 19 West European and North American countries. The researchers conducted … Continued


ARTICLE: Freelance journalists keep a straight face on Facebook

Freelance journalists use more serious profile pictures on their Facebook fan pages than employed journalists, write Serena Carpenter, Duygu Kanver and Rashad Timmons, all of Michigan State University. The authors analysed 468 journalists’ fan pages from around the world. Freelance journalists keep a straight face in as many profile pictures as they smile in (38.9 … Continued


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ARTICLE: Print and broadcast journalists still don’t get along

Newspaper and television journalists continue to distrust each other, Vincent Filak, of University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, writes. Filak surveyed 191 US journalists over their thoughts on newsroom convergence, and compared those results to an earlier study from 2004. The respondents were presented with hypothetical plans to converge print and broadcast operations. Both groups of journalists viewed … Continued