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ARTICLE: Chinese media frame Islam and Muslims negatively

Chinese state news reports project an overall negative view of Muslims, a new study shows. Luwei Rose Luqiu of Pennsylvania State University, and Fan Yang of the University at Albany, conducted a three-part research about Islamophobia. The researchers did a content analysis of Chinese state news media reports from 2005-2015 about Muslims and Islam (n=15 427), … Continued



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ARTICLE: News organizations should consider legal liability as they develop automated journalism

Could algorithms produce libelous news content? Seth C. Lewis of the University of Oregon, Amy Kristin Sanders of Northwestern University in Qatar, and Casey Carmody of the University of Minnesota, state that news organizations must seriously consider legal liability as they develop newswriting bots. They review the issue in the context of the United States’s … Continued


ARTICLE: Journalists seek impact – but are anxious to publicize it

Local journalists want their work to have an “impact”, but they are unsure whether they should mention the impact to their audience, Elia Powers, of Towson University, writes. Powers interviewed 20 American local journalists, all working in a particular metropolitan area. The interviewees represented both for-profit and non-profit news organisations, as well as print, online, … Continued


ARTICLE: The definition of “news” has remained too vague

Despite several attempts of formulating clear definitions, some of the key concepts in mass communication are still hazy, Kevin Ells, of Texas A&M University writes. Ells’s essay criticizes the incoherent or lacking definitions for “mass communication”, “mass media”, and most importantly – “news”. Being unable to differentiate between “news”, “journalism” and “entertainment”, readers and journalists … Continued



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PAPER: Women are underrepresented as expert commentators and news subjects in India

Women are underrepresented in the news in India, a new essay by Reshma Patil of Oxford University, states. The author examined previous studies on the topic and looked at two primetime news debate shows presented by a senior male and female broadcast journalists. In the debates, male experts dominated the airtime on diverse topics, such … Continued


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ARTICLE: How do Norwegian news outlets report extremism?

How should news media deal with actors who promote views deemed anti-democratic and violent? Media have the democratic role of informing the public of anti-democratic and violent forces, and at the same time they should refrain from legitimizing and advancing extremist ideas and aims. In a new study, Anna Grøndahl Larsen of Oslo Metropolitan University … Continued


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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