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

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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