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ARTICLE: Investigative reporters see themselves as messengers and reformers

Investigative journalists regard themselves as having autonomy and high job satisfaction, even though there is a lot of pessimism about the state of their work and the future. Gerry Lanosga of Indiana University Bloomington and Brant Houston of the University of Illinois studied how reporters assess their profession, the status of nonprofit newsrooms and how … Continued

ARTICLE: How minority journalists see their identity?

Most journalists working for the Korean minority media in North America consider themselves as “authentic Koreans”, writes Sherry S Yu from Temple University. The author interviewed 35 first or second generation Korean immigrant journalists in Vancouver, Canada and Los Angeles, USA. Most interviewees identified themselves as Koreans, which is in part due to the relatively … Continued

ARTICLE: Turning state media into PSB

Government-owned television has always been used for the interest of repressive regimes in Egypt, where the boundary between public service broadcasting (PSB) and state television has been blurry, write Rasha A. Abdulla, of The American University in Cairo. The article studies the boundaries between state and media in times of transition. The focus of the study … Continued

ARTICLE: Audience recognized Gawker as journalism

The audience imposed journalistic criteria upon the website Gawker, thus recognizing it as a journalistic actor, write Edson C. Tandoc Jr., of Nanyang Technological University, and Joy Jenkins, of University of Missouri. They analysed reader comments and news stories in response to Gawker publishing a particularly controversial story. The reactions to the Gawker piece, which … Continued

ARTICLE: Play metaphor is common in political PR

  The relationship between politicians and talk show producers is a tense one, write Marcel Broersma , Bas den Herder and Birte Schohaus, all of University of Groningen. The authors explore which interpretive repertoires political PR advisors use to describe their relations with talk show journalists. 10 interviews with PR advisors, and 11 interviews with Dutch politicians and … Continued

PAPER: Journalists’ role in transitional societies

New MeCoDEM working paper written by Judith Lohner, Sandra Banjac and Irene Neverla is published. The paper maps the role of journalistic actors in transitional societies when covering democratisation conflicts. The writers draw on interviews with 100 professional journalists working for local news organisations in Egypt, Kenya, Serbia and South Africa. Results show that there are specific country … Continued

ARTICLE: Constructing the identity of digital journalists

Changes to the digital media environment have been a new source of professional identity for digital journalists, write Patrick Ferrucci and Tim Vos. Their new article examines how American digital journalists construct their identity and how they differentiate their identity from others. The authors conducted 53 interviews with working digital journalists at different types of news … Continued

ARTICLE: Ritual role of media after 2011 Oslo attack

In their recently published study Kjersti Thorbjørnsrud, of Institute for Social Research and Tine Ustad Figenschou, of University of Oslo, study how editors in Norwegian media experience the ritual role of the media, consensus pressure and dissenting voices after the 2011 Oslo attacks. The analysis is based on in-depth interviews with the editors of the main national and … Continued

ARTICLE: Gender issues in sports journalism

When sports editors commit to hiring women, they find women who can move up within organizations and become leaders, write Pamela C. Laucella, of Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, Marie Hardin, of Penn State University, University Park, Steve Bien-Aimé, of Penn State University, University Park, and Dunja Antunovic, of Bradley University. The authors surveyed sports editors about gender-related issues in hiring and … Continued

ARTICLE: Journalists witnessing the war in Gaza

Hundreds of journalists were covering the confrontation between Palestinians and Israelis in the summer of 2014. Ibrahim Hazboun, Yiftach Ron and Ifat Maoz explore the experiences and practices of Palestinian journalists working for Palestinian media outlets during the Gaza war. Analysis of 10 in-depth interviews indicate that practices of reporters and editors were shaped by their personal experiences … Continued