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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


REPORT: Media coverage shapes people’s opinions on migration

Media coverage is vital to shaping people’s opinions on migration and the plight of refugees and asylum seekers, states EUROMED Migration IV report. In the study journalists from 17 countries examine the quality of migration media coverage from a national perspective. The migration story seems to follow two narratives: Emotional reporting of migrants as victims … Continued


ARTICLE: Journalists in the grip of politics

Peter Maurer, of  Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) studies how political journalists in France and Germany perceive political influence on their work and how country-specific institutional and cultural frameworks affect political journalism. A survey among elite of political journalists in Germany and France was conducted. It covered 342 persons in Germany and 393 persons in … Continued


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ARTICLE: Quality of Romanian journalism suffers from poor working conditions

The working conditions of Romanian journalists reflect poorly on the quality of their work, Ioana Avădani, of Center for Independent Journalism, writes. Avădani’s recent article reviews Romanian journalists’ working environment with regards to payment and contract models. The end of the Communist regime liberated the Romanian media sector, but the positive trajectory has been curbed … Continued


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PAPER: Information verification tools need to be customizable

An international team of researchers has been working on software for automated verification of information circulating on Twitter. The team observed 15 Swiss journalists to find out how they utilize and verify user generated content (UGC) in their work. Later on the team’s software was tested and evaluated by two journalists. The study’s main finding … Continued