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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


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ARTICLE: How to verify social media information?

Journalists today often utilize social media borne information in their work, especially in breaking news situations. Verifying that information, however, can be tricky. An international team of researchers interviewed 22 journalists from three countries over their verification practices, and additional five journalism students were observed during a crisis exercise. The biggest problems related to verifying … Continued


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ARTICLE: Being a liberal journalist in contemporary Russia

It is problematic to apply Western-centric media system theories to contemporary neo-authoritarian Russia, in light of mechanisms used by the state to control the media and the country’s overall development, a new study finds. Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova, of the University of Chester, studied the conditions of liberal journalists in the country. The author conducted a semi-ethnographic … Continued


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REPORT: Blame for disinformation falls upon mainstream media

Were it not for the logic of mainstream media, disinformation spreading and media manipulating “far right” groups would have remained in the margins, Alice Marwick and Rebecca Lewis, both of Data & Society Research Institute, write. A recent report by the Institute reviews the online world of “conspiracy theorists, techno-libertarians, white nationalists, Men’s Rights advocates, … Continued


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CFP | 22.6. | How to end threats and violence against journalists?

A conference on the safety of journalists covering conflict and sensitive issues is calling for paper proposals. The event will take place on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2017 in Oslo, Norway. Best papers will be considered for a peer-reviewed publication, the organisers have announced. The event is interested in both practitioners’ and scholars’ … Continued


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ARTICLE: Media policies should better support journalists’ autonomy

An article by Epp Lauk, of University of Jyväskylä (Finland), and Halliki Harro-Loit, of University of Tartu (Estonia), examines journalistic cultures and professional autonomy in Bulgaria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, and Spain. Their analysis stems from the MEDIADEM study of 14 European countries. European media policies have for a long time … Continued