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ARTICLE: Why do journalists rely on unverified sources?

How do journalists decide which distant sources they can use, asks Florian Wintterlin, of University of Muenster. Wintterlin interviewed 12 German journalists, whose work often involves using distant sources, such as social media accounts posting from Syria. Verification of information is still valued by the journalists, but often the journalists lack the time and other … Continued


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ARTICLE: Competencies of a good interviewer

Serena Carpenter, Anthony Cepak & Zhao Peng, all of Michigan State University, investigated the rarely studied topic of interviewing. Researchers interviewed nine experienced journalists and eleven journalism educators in the United States. The results show the potential complexity of interactions that occur during interviews. The study presents 10 possible journalistic interviewing competencies: listening interaction management … Continued


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ARTICLE: How do Chinese journalists navigate censorship?

The professional freedom of Chinese journalists is constrained by the state apparatus, but not entirely quenched by it. What tactics do the journalists use in order to gain access to, and publish sensitive information? Xianwen Kuang, of Liverpool University, engaged in three months of participant observation at a Chinese newsroom and interviewed six journalists working … Continued


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ARTICLE: Which social media posts by newsrooms gather most likes and comments?

Which types of social media posts gather most interaction from the audience? Are there differences between newsrooms and social media platforms? Anders Olof Larsson, of Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology, investigated these questions with a quantitative comparison of four Norwegian newsrooms on two social media platforms. The data sample consists of the … Continued


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ARTICLE: Performance of journalistic roles affects objectivity of reporting

Comparative research on journalistic objectivity has most often been studied in Western contexts. Claudia Mellado, of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, María Luisa Humanes, of Rey Juan Carlos University, and Mireya Márquez-Ramírez, of Universidad Iberoamericana, studied the relation between role performance and the implementation of the objectivity norm in Chile, Mexico, and Spain. The authors … Continued


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ARTICLE: American TV stations are going “social media first”

Majority of local American television stations are taking a “social media first” approach to publishing news, write Anthony C. Adornato, of Ithaca College, and Suzanne Lysak, of Syracuse University. The authors surveyed 131 American news directors working in local TV. Most stations (78 per cent) have a written social media policy, and additional 17 per … Continued


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ARTICLE: Algorithms challenge journalists’ professional judgment

The use of algorithmic judgment for news selection and placement should be considered distinct from journalists’ professional judgment, argues a new article by Matt Carlson, of Saint Louis University. The growing use of algorithms in automated news distribution and production challenges  journalists’ professional judgment. As human subjectivity can be seen as vulnerable to mistakes, and … Continued


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ARTICLE: Korean journalists need support for traumatic events

Korean journalists were frequently exposed to potentially traumatic events in their work, according to a new study. Mina Lee, Eun Hye Ha and Jung Kun Pae, all of Sookmyung Women’s University, studied for the first time in Korea, how journalists have experienced posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. The authors did a survey for 367 Korean journalists, … Continued


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ARTICLE: Transnational networks and investigations as drivers of Europeanisation

Journalists and media organizations increasingly engage in cross-border investigations. Annett Heft and Barbara Pfetsch, of Freie Universität Berlin, and Brigitte Alfter (authors not in original order) studied how transnational networks of journalists are created and what impact does collaboration have on the Europeanisation of coverage by national media. Europeanisation is a process through which the … Continued


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REPORT: Best practices for newsroom collaboration

Collaboration between commercial and non-profit newsrooms can be mutually beneficial, but the projects should be well planned lest they fall through. A new report from the American Press Institute details the potential benefits and pitfalls of these collaborations. The report, authored by Jason Alcorn, is based on interviews with “more than two-dozen” American news workers … Continued