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ARTICLE: Scandinavian news websites are not linked on equal terms

Hyperlinking patterns of news websites can be seen as indicators of flow of information. News outlets are not connected equally, and significant parts of the journalistic sector are disconnected from the digital ecology, a new study finds. Researchers wanted to find out what the structural properties of media systems mean for the centrality of news … Continued


ARTICLE: Optimism on paywalls in local newspapers

Local newspapers have also started to apply digital paywalls around the world. The latest study in Norway, including 20 local newspapers, provide some optimism on paywall’s potential contribution to the funding of local journalism. Decreasing readership and advertising revenues have challenged the whole local newspaper business. This has also threatened the civic well being of … Continued


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ARTICLE: Location-based mobile news remain rare

Which news organizations are currently using geolocated news and what kind of content is being used? Amy Schmitz Weiss of San Diego State University, went through 173 mobile news apps by top news media outlets from the United States. Broadcast companies had more location-based services enabled than other media outlets, the results show. Of all … Continued




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ARTICLE: The future of American small market newspapers is not all doom and gloom

Talk about “the newspaper industry” is too general, a team of scholars argue. Most American papers are what the team terms “small market newspapers”, yet the public discourse is often dominated by the woes of few but prominent metropolitan and national newspapers. As a remedy, the scholars interviewed 56 experts -including executives, editors, journalists, researchers, … Continued


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