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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

REPORT: Far-right and populist threat to journalism is growing

Growing support for far-right and populist politicians presents a threat to journalism across Europe, writes Katharine Sarikakis, of University of Vienna. The study examines the state of journalism and press freedom within the context of the rise of far-right political parties in 12 European countries in the past five years . Impunity is commonplace when it … Continued

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ARTICLE: How do podcasts connect with their audience?

Marcus Funk, of Sam Hunt State University, US, has analysed 12 American podcasts to find out how news and community values manifest in them. Some of the podcasts in Funk’s sample were produced by traditional journalists while others were produced by “avocational” journalists – hobbyists and citizen journalists of various clout. Podcast hosts often take … Continued

ARTICLE: Traditional journalism principles in local TV newsrooms

Are traditional journalism principles still alive and well in today’s local TV newsrooms? ask Keren Henderson and Michael Cremedas, both of Syracuse University. The authors surveyed 348 local television journalists to answer the question. The findings indicate that most local television journalists believe they adhere to traditional journalistic principles despite of increased pressures to produce … Continued

REPORT: Legal source protection frameworks are under significant strain

UNESCO has released a study of changes that impact on legal frameworks that support protection of journalistic sources in the digital age. The author of the study is Julie Posetti, of University of Wollongong, Australia. The study covers 121 UNESCO Member States and focuses on developments during the period 2007-2015. Interviews, panel discussions, thematic studies and a review … Continued