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ARTICLE: “Audience engagement” is important, yet dangerously nebulous

The position of “engagement editor” has become increasingly common in, and important to newsrooms – yet their task is inherently conflicted, Raul Ferrer-Conill, of Karlstad University, and Edson C. Tandoc Jr., of Nanyang Technological University, write. The authors interviewed 15 engagement editors and others with similar duties from around the world. When asked to to … Continued

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ARTICLE: Best practices for disaster reporting

Disaster reporting has faced a lot of critique. How should it be done properly? Jacqui Ewart and Hamish McLean, of Griffith University Australia, went through the research on news media coverage on disasters and did interviews with senior emergency managers in eight countries: Australia, Germany, Sweden, Canada, the United States, Norway, Iceland and the United … Continued

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ARTICLE: Can journalists maintain their values on social media?

Are journalists able to live the values their newsrooms have officially enshrined? Hans K. Meyer and Christy Zempter, both of Ohio University, ask and answer the question through a case study on the American C-SPAN. They observed the daily work at the infamously “boring” and formal cable television channel, and interviewed its staffers. C-SPAN is … Continued

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ARTICLE: Constructive journalism defined

News media’s tendency to focus on bad news can have many negative effects for news consumers. A new article proposes shifting focus from conflict and negativity to a more productive approach. Karen McIntyre, of Virginia Commonwealth University, and Cathrine Gyldensted of Open Eyes Institute, define the term constructive journalism and point out issues that show … Continued

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ARTICLE: Popular Spanish news and talk radio programmes blend advertising with journalistic content

According to a report published in 2017, radio is the most reliable news source in Spain and radio journalists have considerable social influence to a lot of listeners. Sometimes radio hosts or collaborators also act as advertising endorsers. Clara Muela-Molina and Eva Reinares-Lara of Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, and Josefa D. Martín-Santana of Universidad de … Continued

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ARTICLE: For Swiss journalists, ideals and practice do not meet

Do journalists produce journalism that matches their ideals and their self-reported work practices? Patric Raemy and Daniel Beck, both of University of Fribourg, with Lea Hellmueller, of University of Houston, investigated the question by comparing journalists’ role conceptions and their actual output. The authors analysed 519 news articles published by five Swiss newspapers and three … Continued

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ARTICLE: Despite fewer aviation incidents, relative media attention increased over time in the Netherlands

Do the news portray a distorted world image when reporting menace? ask Toni G. L. A. van der Meer, Anne C. Kroon, Piet Verhoeven and Jeroen Jonkman, all of the University of Amsterdam. To answer this, the researchers did a longitudinal study from 1991 to 2015 about media coverage of aviation incidents. The authors conducted … Continued

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ARTICLE: Learning and knowing at a public broadcasting company

Journalistic practice should be seen as open-ended and performative, rather than fixed and routine, a new study states. Aare Värk and Eneli Kindsiko of the University of Tartu studied on-the-job learning and knowing in journalistic practice, following the work at Estonian Public Broadcasting. The researchers did a year-long ethnographic study including 19 on-site observation sessions, … Continued

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ARTICLE: Taiwanese female journalists face online harassment

Many Taiwanese female journalists have to deal with gendered online harassment and incivility in their work. Paromita Pain and Victoria Chen of the University of Texas at Austin, interviewed 25 female journalists on how they negotiate gender and professional identities. Taiwanese media is one of the freest media in Asia, but also one of the … Continued