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ARTICLE: Human-written, automated and combined news articles were seen equally as credible

As many news organizations are already using computer algorithms to produce journalistic content, questions about how audiences view these stories arise. Anja Wölker and Thomas E. Powell of the University of Amsterdam, did an experiment on how readers perceive different forms of automated journalism in regard to credibility of the message and source. Their online … Continued


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ARTICLE: Writing about asylum seekers is permeated by tension

Journalists find it valuable to tell asylum seekers’ personal stories in order to show that they are humans “like us”, but telling those stories is not easy, write Mervi Pantti and Markus Ojala, both of University of Helsinki. The authors interviewed 24 Finnish journalists experienced with the topic, representing a total of 14 national, regional … Continued


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ARTICLE: Financial journalism is limited in its influence

After the global financial crisis in 2007-2008, financial journalism has often been criticized for not fulfilling its role as a watchdog for businesses and the financial sector. Nadine Strauß of the University of Amsterdam, examined the role of financial journalists in financial markets in today’s high-frequency information and news era. She surveyed 40 US financial … Continued


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ARTICLE: Work in broadcasting still requires suppressing “blackness”

African-American broadcast journalists still feel pressure to downplay their natural features in order to fit in the newsroom, Indira S. Somani and Natalie Hopkinson, both of Howard University, write. The authors interviewed 23 black, American broadcast journalists over their experiences. Many of the interviewees described feeling pressure to change their appearance towards a more White … Continued


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ARTICLE: How do journalists, NGO’s and government delegations interact?

United Nations’ climate change conferences gather delegations from governments and non-governmental organisations from around the world. These events are also keenly observed by a number of journalists, making the events interesting venues for researching journalist-source interaction. A team of researchers interviewed a total of 106 journalists, delegates and NGO representatives at three conferences, and supplemented … Continued


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BOOK: Modern world needs collaborative journalism, but it is not a panacea

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has published a new open access book on collaboration in investigative journalism. The book is edited by Richard Sambrook, of Oxford University, and features chapters from five other writers. Collaborative journalism is not entirely new: newsrooms teamed up already in late 1800’s in order to pool resources … Continued


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ARTICLE: Young Norwegian journalists get more out of social media than their older colleagues

Social media is an important tool for journalists in their work. Does the use change depending on the age of the journalist? Petter Bae Brandtzaeg of Sintef Digital and Marían Ángeles Chaparro Domínguez of Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, studied how Norwegian journalists use social media for newsgathering. They did in-depth interviews and compared practices … Continued


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ARTICLE: For Swiss journalists, ideals and practice do not meet

Do journalists produce journalism that matches their ideals and their self-reported work practices? Patric Raemy and Daniel Beck, both of University of Fribourg, with Lea Hellmueller, of University of Houston, investigated the question by comparing journalists’ role conceptions and their actual output. The authors analysed 519 news articles published by five Swiss newspapers and three … Continued


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ARTICLE: Learning and knowing at a public broadcasting company

Journalistic practice should be seen as open-ended and performative, rather than fixed and routine, a new study states. Aare Värk and Eneli Kindsiko of the University of Tartu studied on-the-job learning and knowing in journalistic practice, following the work at Estonian Public Broadcasting. The researchers did a year-long ethnographic study including 19 on-site observation sessions, … Continued


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ARTICLE: Taiwanese female journalists face online harassment

Many Taiwanese female journalists have to deal with gendered online harassment and incivility in their work. Paromita Pain and Victoria Chen of the University of Texas at Austin, interviewed 25 female journalists on how they negotiate gender and professional identities. Taiwanese media is one of the freest media in Asia, but also one of the … Continued