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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

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ARTICLE: Political journalists keep their Twitter profiles professional

Journalists covering parliamentary affairs in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have more professional than personal Twitter profiles, Folker Hanusch, of University of Vienna, writes. Hanusch analysed the identifiable profiles of all press-gallery reporters in the four countries, 679 in total. Broadly speaking, information pertinent to a corporate identity was more common than … Continued

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ARTICLE: Data journalism epistemology in Wales, Scotland, and N-Ireland

How do data journalists lay claim to the truth? Eddy Borges-Rey, of University of Stirling, investigated the “epistemology of data journalism” in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which he calls the “devolved nations of the United Kingdom”. Borges-Rey interviewed nine data journalists or data journalism editors who produce localized content in or for the aforementioned … Continued


CFP | 30.4. | Conservative media in the US and beyond

Editors of an upcoming, edited book on conservative media are looking for chapter proposals. The book’s working title is “News on the Right: Studying Conservative News Cultures”, and it is edited by Anthony M. Nadler, of Ursinus College, and A. J. Bauer, of New York University. The volume will “mostly” focus on conservative media in … Continued

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