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ARTICLE: Both US and Chinese journalists embrace attribution

Plagiarism in journalism is treated in varying ways. Do attitudes towards it travel across national and cultural boundaries? Norman P. Lewis of the University of Florida, Bu Zhong of Pennsylvania State University, Fan Yang of State University New York and Yong Zhou of Renmin University of China, compared 1,096 professional journalists who answered a survey … Continued

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ARTICLE: The moral panic about ‘fake news’ in South Africa

Proliferation of fake news websites and fake social media accounts have raised concerns also in South Africa. The phenomenon should not be understood outside of its particular contexts of production and consumption, writes Herman Wasserman of the University of Cape Town. The study provides an exploratory overview of different types of media output. A very … Continued

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ARTICLE: US journalists avoid suggesting solutions to crises

American journalists fear that reporting on possible solutions to crises could make them seem biased, Lauren Kogen, of Temple University, writes. Kogen interviewed 19 American journalists and editors who have been reporting on famine in Africa. The interviewees’ responses were conflicted, the author found. On one hand, the reporters saw a desperate need for solutions, … Continued

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ARTICLE: Fast crisis reporting makes journalists cautious

Journalists express uncertainty more often when they are tasked with the fast-paced coverage of unfolding crises, Shelly Rom and Zvi Reich, both of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, write. The authors analysed the output of two Israeli news websites, Ynet and Walla, and interviewed five journalists with experience editing both regular news and “news flashes”. … Continued

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ARTICLE: Freelance journalists follow their own ethical judgement

Freelance magazine journalists display strong professional confidence in dealing with ethical dilemmas in their work, Joy Jenkins, of University of Oxford, writes. Jenkins interviewed 14 American freelance journalists over the ethical issues they face, and the ways said issues are dealt with. Instead of ethical codes, the interviewees largely rely on their personal moral judgement, … Continued

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ARTICLE: The hybridity in journalistic cultures

Most comparative research on media systems and journalistic cultures has focused on advanced democracies only. In a new study, researchers analyzed journalistic role performance doing a content analysis for a total of 34 514 print news articles. The study included 19 countries located in Western and Eastern Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia. Researchers analyzed … Continued

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ARTICLE: Americans want more objectivity and less interpretation

Do journalists and their audience agree on what journalism should be like? The question was investigated by Lars Willnat, of Syracuse University, with David H. Weaver and G. Cleveland Wilhoit, both of Indiana University-Bloomington. The authors compared the results from two surveys with American journalists (N=1080) and members of the public (N=1230). The surveys inquired, … Continued

Reacting to accusations about migration reporting – Torbjörn von Krogh and Göran Svensson interview

VIDEO: Reacting to accusations about migration reporting

Torbjörn von Krogh and Göran Svensson, talked to us at NordMedia 2017 conference. They have been studying media trust, especially how media responds to accusations related to migration issues. The researchers also share their impressions from the conference and plans for the future. The interview was filmed at the NordMedia 2017 conference in Tampere. This … Continued

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ARTICLE: Journalists accept audience metrics but not comments

Singaporean journalists have “internalised” the use of online audience metrics, but still largely reject direct audience feedback, write Andrew Duffy, Rich Ling, and Edson C. Tandoc Jr., all of Nanyang Technological University. The authors conducted an ethnographic study at eight Singaporean digital newsrooms, which included a total of 60 newsworkers. The researchers approached both audience … Continued