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


ARTICLE: Reporting skills are the most important for journalists

New study by Henrik Örnebring, of Karlstad University and Claudia Mellado, of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, concentrates on cross-national comparative studies of journalists. The study analyzes how different journalistic skills are valued among news professionals in six European countries. Authors conducted an email survey of 2238 journalists from Britain, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Sweden. Results show … Continued


ARTICLE: Freelancers express high job satisfaction

What characterizes the professional role as a freelance journalist today? ask Birgit Røe Mathisen. Her newly published study investigates the professional role of freelance journalists in Norway and it is based on 15 semi-structured interviews with local freelancers. Writer claims that autonomy in some regards might be higher among freelancers than among employed journalists. On the other … Continued


ARTICLE: Not partisans, but participants

In their recently published study Esa Reunanen and Kari Koljonen present a view of journalistic interventionism and how it’s linked in professional ethos of Finnish journalists. The authors conducted semi-structured interviews with journalists working in mainstream newsrooms. Analysis paradoxically shows that Finnish journalists want at the same time to avoid being partisan in political debates and to … Continued


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ARTICLE: News fixers’ perspectives on conflict reporting

News fixers often face some trouble with foreign correspondents causing issues with reporting the events, giving credit and safety. Lindsay Palmer of University of Wisconsin–Madison interviewed 21 news fixers living and working in Middle Eastern conflict zones. ‘Fixers’ are local media workers who work with foreign news correspondents in setting up interviews, translating text, navigating … Continued


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ARTICLE: Ideology of travel journalists

Travel journalists adopt some practices characteristic to bloggers, states a new study. Bryan Pirolli of Sorbonne University studied the professional identity of travel journalists. The article compares travel journalists’ opinions and pieces of work to those of bloggers’ in Paris. How do travel journalists distinguish themselves from bloggers and other content creators? The study finds … Continued


ARTICLE: News organizations frame social media as a risk

The current social media environment provides unique opportunities for journalism that otherwise would not be available, writes Jayeon Lee. However, social media also poses various challenges to traditional journalism norms and professional values. Study analyzes how U.S. and British mainstream news organizations frame the current social media environment in their social media guidelines. Results show that news … Continued


ARTICLE: Journalists remain critical gatekeepers during crisis

Gatekeeping theory and practices still hold during a crisis, however, a more nuanced understanding is needed, write Toni G.L.A. van der Meer, Piet Verhoeven, Johannes W.J. Beentjes, Rens Vliegenthart, all of University of Amsterdam. Their new study explores how journalists select sources during a crisis. Van der Meer, Verhoeven, Beentjes and Vliegenthart conducted a survey among 214 Dutch journalists who had … Continued