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ARTICLE: Indirect media bribery common at local and regional levels in US media

The non-transparency of media is related to the issues of native advertising and content marketing. Katerina Tsetsura and Kelsie Aziz, both of University of Oklahoma, surveyed 287 members of the Public Relations Society of America on media transparency practices. According to the results, media bribery is not a pressing issues in the United States. New … Continued


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ARTICLE: Journalism is less pure than reporters claim

When asked about their work, journalists often paint an idealistic picture of the norms they uphold. When investigated more closely, these representations rarely hold true, Abit Hoxha and Thomas Hanitzsch, both of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, write. They report on an international research project spanning 11 countries. A total of 215 journalists, who are … Continued


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ARTICLE: Journalists report suicide with caution, but also deviate from guidelines

Writing on the topic of suicide can have serious consequences for the reading public. Michael Mead Yaqub, Randal A Beam and Sue Lockett John, all of the University of Washington, interviewed 50 journalists in the United States about their awareness of and attitudes towards suicide, especially on risks related to reporting and US media recommendations. … Continued


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ARTICLE: Acquiring digital capital is important but gendered

Digital capital, i.e. information and communication technology skills and knowledge, is important in the struggle for power in journalism, increasing journalists’ chances for recruitment and advancement. Sara De Vuyst and Karin Raeymaeckers, of Ghent University, conducted 24 interviews with a cross-national sample to find out whether and how digital capital is gendered in journalism. Digital … Continued


FOJ2017: Picks from the Future of Journalism 2017 Conference

The the sixth biennial conference “Future of Journalism 2017: Journalism in a Post-Truth Age” will be held on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 September 2017, at Cardiff University, United Kingdom. The event is hosted by the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC). Keynote speakers of the conference include Guy Berger (UNESCO), Linda Steiner … Continued


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ARTICLE: Changing coverage of violence against women

Violence against women in Australia has largely been reported as isolated events, not as a social problem requiring society-wide response. Article by Jenny Morgan, of the University of Melbourne, and Margaret Simons, of Monash University, interviewed journalists in two Australian newsrooms, which both had campaigned for social change on the issue. From the interviews, researchers … Continued


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ARTICLE: Lack of awareness and practical difficulties constrict diversity in Flemish news

Women and ethnic minorities continue to be underrepresented in the news media. Hanne Vandenberghe, Leen d’Haenens and Baldwin Van Gorp, all of KU Leuven, wanted to find out the extent to which the Flemish press in Belgium gives voice to gender and ethnic diversity. The article also points out explanations in the news production process … Continued


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ARTICLE: Organisation, role and ethics predict journalists’ perceptions of aggressive newsgathering

How acceptable do journalists see aggressive newsgathering practices? James Hollings and Ravi Balasubramanian, both of Massey University, and Thomas Hanitzsch, of LMU Munich (authors not in original order), aimed to create reliable predictors for these controversial practices. The article proposes an exploratory theoretical model based on risk-taking theory. The model is validated using a survey … Continued


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ARTICLE: Objectivity must be re-evaluated in the digital era

How the concept of objectivity should be seen in the digital era full of varying sources of information? Brian McNair, of Queensland University of Technology, argues how objectivity can and must be re-evaluated, deriving from the work of Michael Schudson. In the current times, a measure for informational validity is crucial. “The journalistic search for … Continued


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ARTICLE: Length of articles and size of newspapers affect diversity of content

Diversity of news content can be regarded as an indicator of the quality of reporting. In a new article, a group of researchers figured out what factors determine diversity of news. The paper studied newspaper articles concerning immigration in Belgium, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom between January 2013 and April 2014. Researchers measured diversity … Continued