REPORT: Small-market newspapers in the digital age

During the past decade, the fortunes of the newspaper industry changed dramatically, write Christopher Ali, of University of Virginia, and Damian Radcliffe, of University of Oregon. So far, in studying these developments, the researchers have focused on large national newspapers. But how are small-market newspapers responding to digital disruption? How can they best prepare for the future? The report is … Continued


REPORT: Local journalism remains important

Local news outlets are facing the same challenges as their larger counterparts: declining revenues, smaller newsrooms and shuttered titles. New report by UO School of Journalism and Communication Agora Journalism Center, explores the practice of local journalism in the Pacific Northwest. The report is written by Damian Radcliffe, of University of Oregon. The study covers 10 news outlets and … Continued


Blind spots of regional media in Norway - Lisbeth Morlandstø interview

VIDEO: Blind spots of regional media in Norway

Lisbeth Morlandstø, Professor of Journalism at Nord University, Norway, talks about her research on regional media and opinion-based journalism in Norway. She has studied how the opinion-based journalism is filling some gaps that the narrowing scope of the regional media is not covering. She also tells about her new study about local journalism in Norway, … Continued


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ARTICLE: Divided reporting of the Occupy Central Movement protests in Hong Kong

The Occupy Central Movement protests in Hong Kong in 2014 divided the local media in their stance: some applauded the fight for democracy, others condemned the actions. William Dezheng Feng, of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, investigated reports from four major Chinese newspapers in Hong Kong, using an attitude framework. The news articles’ attitudes toward … Continued



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ARTICLE: Local papers in the US use negative stereotypes when depicting Latinos

The growing Latino population in the US gets covered with negative stereotypes, a new study finds. Mingxiao Sui, of Louisiana State University and Newly Paul, of Appalachian State University, studied how Latinos are portrayed in local newspapers in the United States. The authors studied 55 local newspapers, looking at 2426 articles from the year 2015. … Continued


REPORT: Local journalists are positive about the future for small-market newspapers

Majority of newspapers in the United States are small-market newspapers. A new Tow Center for Digital Journalism report by Christopher Ali, of University of Virginia and Damian Radcliffe, University of Oregon, focuses on these local newspapers. The authors conducted an online survey among local journalists to explore what is it like to work at these small-market newspapers. The … 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



ARTICLE: Young people, news media and social engagement in the Netherlands

Nico Drok, Liesbeth Hermans and Karijn Kats, all of of Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, explore how Dutch millennials’ social engagement relates to their news interest, their news media use and their news preferences. The study is part of a research project called “Young people, news media use and participation”. Data were collected in 2014, using a quantitative … Continued