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Five studies on constructive journalism

The journal Journalism Practice has published a bunch of articles in a special issue on the topic of constructive journalism. Also, Journalism published one article on the topic very recently. Below are some findings from these interesting studies. “How Does the Audience Respond to Constructive Journalism? Two experiments with multifaceted results” Klaus Meier of the … Continued

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ARTICLE: Automation and the work of newsroom librarians

One of the first newsroom departments to encounter full-scale automation has been the newsroom library. Jan Lauren Boyles and Jared Meisinger, of Iowa State University, conducted in-depth interviews with 16 American newsroom librarians. They studied the automation of journalistic labor in the digital age. Of the 100 largest print publications in the United States, 46 … Continued

ARTICLE: Impact is an ideologically and strategically driven aim for entrepreunial journalists

Studying entrepreunial journalists, constructive journalism and the concept of impact shows the complexity of conceptualising journalism. Andrea Wagemans, Tamara Witschge and Frank Harbers, all of the University of Groningen, analysed data from interviews with 129 entrepreneurial journalists on four continents. The interviews were conducted in 2014–2017. The researchers wanted to find out how entrepreneurial journalists … Continued

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ARTICLE: Constructive journalism in a Caribbean context

Practicing constructive journalism in the current conditions of St. Maarten “not only risks reflecting the status quo but also may play into the hands of the ones in power”, a new study finds. Sanne Rotmeijer of Leiden University, explores constructive journalism in St. Maarten, an autonomous Dutch Caribbean island. The author spent months doing fieldwork … Continued

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ARTICLE: Status of women in Israeli journalism

Journalism in Israel has been a male-dominated profession. What have been the occupational and professional implications of more and more women entering into the profession? Einat Lachover and Dafna Lemish, of Southern Illinois University, analysed the results of two international surveys that dealt with the status of women in journalism. The surveys in question were … Continued

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ARTICLE: Convergence and de-convergence at a Chinese newsroom

A well-established organizational culture and a working routine  are crucial for legacy media when adapting to rapid changes in the digital age, a new study states. Ke Li, of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, did ethnographic research at the Chinese newspaper Beijing News for four months. Li proposes a convergence and de-convergence model of … Continued

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ARTICLE: How online harassment influences the work of female journalists

Female journalists face rampant online harassment, across different cultures, new study states. Researchers interviewed 75 female journalists who have worked in Germany, India, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Engaging with audiences online through comment sections or social media, is often a job requirement for journalists. The harassment disrupts the reciprocity between journalists … Continued

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ARTICLE: Journalists at El Mundo use emotional and social resources to cope with uncertainty

How does uncertainty affect journalists’ job expectations? Manuel Goyanes and Eduardo Francisco Rodríguez-Gómez, of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, did observation at the workplace and interviews with 27 managers and journalists at El Mundo newspaper in Spain. The organization has faced fierce financial turmoil and several redundancy plans in the last years. To manage with … Continued

ARTICLE: Official leaks receive more attention than citizens’ leaks

Leaks are important sources for journalism. Authors Víctor Sampedro, F Javier López-Ferrández and Álvaro Carretero, all from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, divided leaks first into two types: official ones (the Monedero Case and the Pujol Case) and those originating from citizens (the Falciani List). According to the authors, official leaks are carried out by elites … Continued

ARTICLE: Social media affects the journalistic process on “all levels”

How does social media affect contemporary journalism? Patrick Ferrucci, of University of Colorado-Boulder, put the question to 53 American digital journalists and interviewed them over their use of social media. The author analysed the answers through the hierarchy of influences model, coined by Pamela Shoemaker and Stephen Reese (1996). The hierarchy of influences consists of … Continued