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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


ARTICLE: Solutions journalism engages stigmatized communities

In areas stigmatized with high levels of violence, crime, and poverty, negative news stories may be the only local news available, write Andrea Wenzel, Evelyn Moreno, Minhee Son and Breanna Morrison Hawkins, of University of Southern California and Daniela Gerson, of California State University (not in original order). The article explores how participants in six focus groups responded … Continued


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ARTICLE: Changing image of military experiments in Italian local press

The representation of the PISQ military testing site in Sardinia, Italy, changed significantly over the years, Aide Esu and Simone Maddanu, both of University of Cagliari, write. The authors analysed 1 600 news articles about the site, published by the local newspaper L’Unione Sarda between 1956 and 2013. Esu and Maddanu identified four distinct phases … Continued


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REPORT: US communities are hurt by ailing local press

The Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media (CISLM), part of the University of North Carolina’s School of Media and Journalism, has launched a supplementary report on so-called “news deserts” in the United States. It is a follow-up to an earlier report published in fall 2016. The new report updates the previous one with … Continued


Local journalism and new business models

New issue of Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies is now published. The issue features articles from both academics and practitioners, who explore issues from normative questions about the role of journalists and (new) business models to more specific enquiries into journalists’ post-Leveson working routines and practices. Here is a list of the articles included: … Continued


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VIDEO: Hyperlocal projects in Sweden

We interviewed Elizabeth Stur of Mid Sweden University, Asta Cepaite of Lund University and Lottie Jangdal of Mid Sweden University about their new project on hyperlocal media in Sweden. They are studying hyperlocal journalism entrepreneurs working in the countryside. The project started during the autumn in 2016. The researchers are aiming to follow local entrepreneurs … Continued