ARTICLE: BBC’s elite journalists are disconnected from the public

High-ranking journalists working for the British Broadcasting Corporation are very different from their audience, Gary James Merrill, of University of Roehampton, writes. He investigated the backgrounds of 66 leading BBC journalists and compared them to national data. Merrill also included samples of leading Conservative and Labour politicians in the comparison. The senior journalists have more … Continued


ARTICLE: Autocracies are not the most dangerous places for journalists

Most journalists are killed in so-called “hybrid regimes”, Sallie Hughes, of University of Miami, and Yulia Vorobyeva, of Florida International University, found. They came to the conclusion after analyzing all journalists’ deaths on record from the past quarter century. The Committee to Protect Journalists’ database includes 1 812 journalists’ deaths from 1992-2016. Most of these … Continued


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Special issue of Journalism Practice: 28 articles for working journalists

The journal Journalism Practice has published a special issue directed at working journalists, edited by Bonnie Brennen and Robert E. Gutsche Jr. The open access theme issue showcases research that has been distilled and revised for a more general audience outside academia. It includes 28 texts related to studies published earlier in the journals Journalism … Continued


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ARTICLE: Working in news media often spills over to family life, and vice versa

Work-life balance is a difficult one to handle in a newsroom job. A new study seeked to find out perceptions, strategies and advice from newsrooms workers. “Every respondent reported some degree of difficulty while attempting to balance the nontraditional schedules and long hours inherent in the news industry along with caring for families and self-wellbeing”, … Continued


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ARTICLE: What do journalism textbooks teach about reporting suicide?

Journalists’ use of news values on specific topics change as societal and scientific norms change. A new research article shows how this transformation can be seen in the case of suicide coverage. Perry Parks of Michigan State University analysed journalism textbooks published in the United States between 1894 to 2016. Suicide has long been a … Continued


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ARTICLE: The important role of editors for journalism

Editors practice quality control and negotiate among various groups in news journalism. Research papers have rarely taken this role as their focus. “Clearer assessment of the editor thus allows for richer assessment of what is – and what is not – journalism”, Andrew Duffy of Nanyang Technological University, writes in a new study. The role … Continued


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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