ARTICLE: Politicians’ hostile media perceptions

Politicians’ discomfort with journalism may be based on the hostile media phenomenon (HMP), write Jörg Matthes, of University of Vienna, Peter Maurer, of Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Florian Arendt, of University of Munich. The HMP describes a process in which highly involved individuals perceive the news media as more hostile compared to individuals who … Continued

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ARTICLE: How to better analyse “echo chambers”

Curd Benjamin Knüpfer, of George Washington University, proposes a new model for analysing so-called “echo chambers”. To be more specific, Knüpfer moves away from the term “echo chamber”, suggesting it implies an unnecessarily insular concept. The new model, then, consists of potentially overlapping feedback loops. The author’s model is four-layered. First, information emerges within a … Continued

ARTICLE: Can immersive journalism enhance empathy?

In recent years, major news outlets have started to use the techniques and rhetoric of “immersive journalism”, writes Ana Luisa Sánchez Laws, of Volda University College, Norway. Immersive journalism builds on the premise that using virtual reality to locate viewers where events take place can enhance empathy. But can it? The roots of immersive journalism are in … Continued

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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