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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

REPORT: Newsroom design needs both “we” and “me” space

What should newsrooms take into account when looking to relocate or remodel their office? An American Press Institute report, authored by Dana Coester, recounts the experiences of select US newsrooms and cites relevant research to deliver suggestions for both low-budget and “aspirational” plans. Most importantly, management should consult their staff: What do they want of … Continued


CFP | 15.11. | How is journalists’ work life changing?

The 9th Nordic Work Life Conference is now accepting paper proposals. The Section 3 of the event is dedicated to changes in journalists’ work life and is entitled “Journalists’ Working Lives in Flux: New Challenges, New Opportunities?”. The conference will take place in Oslo, Norway, between the 13th and 15th of June 2018. The session … Continued

THESIS: Professional journalists should collaborate with the civil society

What is the role of journalism in social innovation? asks Taneli Heikka, of University of Jyväskylä. The doctoral thesis analyzes four cases of journalism-related social innovation in the USA and Finland. The researcher argues that journalism is increasingly required to operate in flexible roles in networks of social innovation. However, innovations that affect journalistic work often emerge from … Continued

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ARTICLE: Institutional constraints cause varying forms of censorship towards critical journalism

Andrew Kennis of Universidad Iberoamericana, México, studied “whether institutional constraints are more powerful than standardized journalistic norms and practices in determining news content”, also looking at news media independence from poweful corporate and state interests in the United States. The author examines the theoretical tension between two models of media analysis – the indexing and … Continued

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ARTICLE: Most Kenyan journalists enjoy a fair amount of journalistic autonomy

Most Kenyan journalists feel they have freedom to decide what to include in news. Kioko Ireri, of United States International University Africa, conducted a survey in 2012-2013 with 504 Kenyan journalists working in various media, asking about news selection decisions, media freedom and autonomy. 59% of respondents believe there is enough media freedom in Kenya. … Continued

ARTICLE: Critical journalism is in deep trouble in China

As soon as Xi Jinping came to power as president of China in 2012, the control over freedom of expression and media was immediately tightened, writes Jingrong Tong, of Brunel University London. For example, all websites, blogs etc. had to apply for and obtain government permission before they could disseminate news information. The study analyses how … Continued

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ARTICLE: Journalism is less pure than reporters claim

When asked about their work, journalists often paint an idealistic picture of the norms they uphold. When investigated more closely, these representations rarely hold true, Abit Hoxha and Thomas Hanitzsch, both of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, write. They report on an international research project spanning 11 countries. A total of 215 journalists, who are … Continued