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ARTICLE: How do French and American journalists use social media?

Work practices and interactions with peers influence how journalists use social media. Matthew Powers, of the University of Washington, and Sandra Vera-Zambrano, of Universidad Iberoamericana, examined journalists’ use of social media in France and United States. They interviewed 60 journalists from Seattle and Toulouse. Journalists in both countries perform similar routine tasks in social media: … Continued

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ARTICLE: Advertisers hold back investigative business journalism

The dependence on advertising revenue discourages newsrooms from pursuing critical investigations, Maha Rafi Atal, of University of Cambridge, writes. The author interviewed 22 American and British journalists working in six newsrooms. Atal also had the opportunity to investigate the newsrooms’ financial statements. Many of the newsrooms were heavily reliant on advertising revenue, which made the … Continued

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ARTICLE: Spies put journalists in mortal danger

The way American and British intelligence services use journalists put bona fide reporters in harm’s way, Paul Lashmar, of City, University of London, writes. The author investigated any available information relating to the aforementioned services’ use of journalists, and asked journalists about their experiences. For decades, both the British and Americans have used journalism as … Continued

FOJ2017: Picks from the Future of Journalism 2017 Conference

The the sixth biennial conference “Future of Journalism 2017: Journalism in a Post-Truth Age” will be held on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 September 2017, at Cardiff University, United Kingdom. The event is hosted by the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC). Keynote speakers of the conference include Guy Berger (UNESCO), Linda Steiner … Continued

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ARTICLE: Fear of surveillance causes journalists to change their ways

The threat of governmental surveillance, or the “Big Brother feeling”, causes journalists to change their behaviour both in their work life and in private. Stephenson Waters, of University of Florida, interviewed seven American journalists, who are specialized in reporting on national security issues. None of Waters’ interviewees had any evidence of personally being monitored, but … Continued

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ARTICLE: Chat apps bring journalists new possibilities, but also dilemmas

Mobile chat apps offer journalists new opportunities for interacting with sources, write Valerie Belair-Gagnon and Colin Agur, both of University of Minnesota, with Nicholas Frisch, of Yale University. The authors interviewed 34 foreign correspondents based in Hong Kong and China. The authors recognized two areas of chat app use, taking place either in open or … Continued

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ARTICLE: A multi-level look at environmental journalism

How do different levels of influences affect the daily work of environmental journalists? Ever Josue Figueroa, of the University of Texas at Austin, studied environmental journalism as a space for a multi-level analysis, using a newer configuration of the hierarchy of influences model (HOI) as a theoretical framework. Figueroa conducted in-depth interviews with 13 environmental … Continued

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ARTICLE: Both audience and journalists unsure of fact checkers

Both journalists and lay social media users have mixed opinions on fact checking and information verification services, write Petter Bae Brandtzaeg and Asbjørn Følstad, both of the Norwegian research company SINTEF, with María Ángeles Chaparro Domínguez, of Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Spain. The authors conducted group interviews with 18 Norwegian journalism students and individual … Continued

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ARTICLE: Lack of awareness and practical difficulties constrict diversity in Flemish news

Women and ethnic minorities continue to be underrepresented in the news media. Hanne Vandenberghe, Leen d’Haenens and Baldwin Van Gorp, all of KU Leuven, wanted to find out the extent to which the Flemish press in Belgium gives voice to gender and ethnic diversity. The article also points out explanations in the news production process … Continued

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ARTICLE: Organisation, role and ethics predict journalists’ perceptions of aggressive newsgathering

How acceptable do journalists see aggressive newsgathering practices? James Hollings and Ravi Balasubramanian, both of Massey University, and Thomas Hanitzsch, of LMU Munich (authors not in original order), aimed to create reliable predictors for these controversial practices. The article proposes an exploratory theoretical model based on risk-taking theory. The model is validated using a survey … Continued