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ARTICLE: Traditional journalism principles in local TV newsrooms

Are traditional journalism principles still alive and well in today’s local TV newsrooms? ask Keren Henderson and Michael Cremedas, both of Syracuse University. The authors surveyed 348 local television journalists to answer the question. The findings indicate that most local television journalists believe they adhere to traditional journalistic principles despite of increased pressures to produce … Continued


REPORT: Legal source protection frameworks are under significant strain

UNESCO has released a study of changes that impact on legal frameworks that support protection of journalistic sources in the digital age. The author of the study is Julie Posetti, of University of Wollongong, Australia. The study covers 121 UNESCO Member States and focuses on developments during the period 2007-2015. Interviews, panel discussions, thematic studies and a review … Continued


ARTICLE: An algorithm makes news organizations to play by Facebook’s rules

In June 2014 Facebook’s announced an algorithm tweak that prioritized videos directly uploaded to the social media platform (native videos) over other posting formats, such as link and photo posts. Edson C Tandoc Jr, of Nanyang Technological University and Julian Maitra, of University of St. Gallen examine how news organizations responded to this algorithm tweak. Prior … Continued


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ARTICLE: Transparency does not make journalism more credible

Increased transparency does not increase the perceived credibility of journalism, but rather decreases it, Edson C. Tandoc, of Nanyang University of Technology, and Ryan J. Thomas, of Missouri School of Journalism, write. The authors conducted an online experiment with 222 American college students. The participants were assigned to read through a selection of online news … Continued


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ARTICLE: Class and socialization steer young people’s orientations towards news

Journalism does not only facilitate democracy, civic engamement and strenghten communities, as is often theorized. A new study by Johan Lindell, of Karlstad University, and Paola Sartoretto, of Stockholm University, looks at the social functions of journalism from a different perspective. The authors conducted eight focus groups interviews with secondary education students with different profiles … 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: Magazine editors at a crossroads, when it comes to fact-checking

Websites, mobile platforms and social media have challenged magazines’ conventionally high-quality fact-checking. Susan Currie Sivek, of Linfield College and Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin, of Columbia College Chicago studied fact-checking practices applied to stories in magazines and their non-print platforms. The authors interviewed editors of 11 well-regarded magazines in the United States. The results show that practices for … Continued


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ARTICLE: Depicting the American soldier abroad

The reporting style of Ernie Pyle during WWII strongly influenced war reporting and journalism in the United States. A new article by Richard Fine of Virginia Commonwealth University looks at the development of this style. The war reporting style emerged during the British-American invasion of French North Africa in 1942–1943. Reporting conditions in North Africa … Continued


Worlds of journalism – Thomas Hanitzsch interview

VIDEO: Worlds of journalism

Thomas Hanitzsch, Professor of Communication at the LMU Munchen told us about his Worlds of Journalism project. Hanitzsch has studied journalistic cultures, the state of journalism and basic premises of newsrooms in 66 countries around the world. His future interests include continuing this vast project and also researching crisis reporting. The interview was filmed at … Continued


Roddy Flynn interview

VIDEO: Media ownership and journalistic content

Roddy Flynn, a lecturer at Dublin City University talked to us about his research into the relationship between media ownership and journalistic content. He tells about findings concerning a study on whether media owners are treated differently by their own reporters. Flynn’s project looked at the public service broadcaster in Ireland and the largest private … Continued