ARTICLE: How activist citizen journalists fight state surveillance in Turkey

Since the failed coup in 2016, the Turkish state has increased surveillance of activists and journalists. How do activist citizen journalists manage their work in such an increasingly hostile environment? Bora Ataman and Barış Çoban, both of Doğuş University, interviewed 22 activist citizen journalists and representatives of alternative new media initiatives, all working in Istanbul, … Continued


ARTICLE: Harassment of female journalists receives attention only when validated by men

How does feminist discourse penetrate the mainstream media in a “post-feminist” era? Dunja Antunovic, of Bradley University, investigated the question through a case study of the #MoreThanMean campaign. #MoreThanMean was a campaign launched in 2016 to highlight the abuse female sports journalists had to suffer on social media. At the campaign’s center was a video … Continued


ARTICLE: Quantifying audiences is not new, but it is more impactful than before

News organisations have been trying to measure their audiences for many decades – long before the internet and measuring instruments based on it proliferated, writes Rodrigo Zamith, of University of Massachusetts Amherst. Zamith’s recent article chronicles the history of audience quantification and reviews the research on it. The current increase in using analytical software and … Continued


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REPORT: Women of color are heavily underrepresented in the United States’ news media

The new report by the U.S.-based organization The Women’s Media Center examined where women journalists of color are in legacy print, radio, TV and digital news. The industry studies on gender and race used in the report were released last year by the American Society of News Editors and the Radio Television Digital News Association. … Continued


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CFP | 22.3. | Cultural journalism in the 21st century

A book on contemporary cultural journalism and education thereof is being coordinated by Montserrat Jurado Martín, of University of Elche, and Beatriz Peña Acuña, of Universidad Católica de Murcia. They are now accepting chapter proposals for the book. The book will be entitled “Cultural Journalism in the 21st Century: Innovative teaching contents” and it will … Continued



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ARTICLE: “Audience engagement” is important, yet dangerously nebulous

The position of “engagement editor” has become increasingly common in, and important to newsrooms – yet their task is inherently conflicted, Raul Ferrer-Conill, of Karlstad University, and Edson C. Tandoc Jr., of Nanyang Technological University, write. The authors interviewed 15 engagement editors and others with similar duties from around the world. When asked to to … Continued


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ARTICLE: Human-written, automated and combined news articles were seen equally as credible

As many news organizations are already using computer algorithms to produce journalistic content, questions about how audiences view these stories arise. Anja Wölker and Thomas E. Powell of the University of Amsterdam, did an experiment on how readers perceive different forms of automated journalism in regard to credibility of the message and source. Their online … Continued


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ARTICLE: Writing about asylum seekers is permeated by tension

Journalists find it valuable to tell asylum seekers’ personal stories in order to show that they are humans “like us”, but telling those stories is not easy, write Mervi Pantti and Markus Ojala, both of University of Helsinki. The authors interviewed 24 Finnish journalists experienced with the topic, representing a total of 14 national, regional … Continued