Picture: At the launch of ABC Open at Parliament House (4 Feb 2010) by Maxine McKew, license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

ARTICLE: The ABC Open project has managed to emphasize reciprocity

Previous research has argued that journalists involved in participatory projects have exercised too much control over the publication of user-generated content. Bill Reader of Ohio University, examined the Australian participatory project ABC Open. He did a textual analysis of 297 ‘how-to’ guides and conducted an online survey for the producers. The author found that the … Continued

Picture: Colored screenshots from a selection of Indian startups examined in the study

ARTICLE: Indian entrepreunial journalism and social identity

How do entrepreneurial journalists see their social identity and how does this influence the journalism they practice? Summer Harlow of the University of Houston, and Monica Chadha of Arizona State University, interviewed founders, editors and journalists at 10 digital news startups in India. The researchers used and modified a typology form previous research to describe … Continued

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ARTICLE: Combining investigative journalism with stand-up comedy can improve public engagement

“Dirty Little Secrets” was a project from 2015 bringing together New Jersey news organizations, comedians, two universities, and a national investigative journalism organization CIR. The project turned investigative news material about New Jersey’s toxic contamination areas into stand-up comedy routines. Caty Borum Chattoo of American University and Lindsay Green-Barber of The Impact Architects, examined this … Continued


CFP | 31.5. | Media innovation and “good life”

The International Symposium on Media Innovations 2018 is calling for paper proposals. The event will be hosted by the University of Oslo, in Norway, on the 31st of August and 1st of September. The symposium is open to both media professionals and scholars. The event deals broadly with media innovation, but the theme of this … Continued

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ARTICLE: Studying users, businesses and competition helps news startups

Starting a new news media business is difficult in an unstable environment of today. Christoph Sommer of TMT Industries (formerly of the University of Zurich) studied processes and practices of market orientation of news startups. Sommer’s research focuses on market intelligence about users, business customers and competitors. The article is based on four case studies … Continued

ARTICLE: Thermal imaging technology in journalism

Roy S. Gutterman, of Syracuse University, and Angela M. Rulffes, of Ithaca College examine whether a tort violation of privacy could result from the use of thermal imaging technology for the purposes of newsgathering. In the past few years thermal imaging technology has found its way to the civilian world and also journalists have begun to use this … Continued

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ARTICLE: Comparing news apps in 10 countries

Teresa Nozal Cantarero and Ana González-Neira, of The University of A Coruña, and Elena Valentini of Sapienza University of Rome, looked at 148 news applications from 20 newspapers in 10 different countries. They analyzed 81 apps for smartphones and 67 for tablets, studying the multimediality, interactivity and commercialization of the apps. The researchers compared apps … Continued

Picture: Screenshots of the news websites Plaza Pública and Confidencial Digital

ARTICLE: Readers want quality journalism, innovation, and financial independence from Guatemalan and Nicaraguan news sites

Readers associate innovation with unique or alternative ways of doing journalism, not necessarily with just technology. A research by Summer Harlow, of Florida State University, looked at audience motivations of choosing news sources and their opinions about digital news sites in Guatemala and Nicaragua. A convenience sample of readers of Plaza Pública and Confidencial Digital … Continued

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ARTICLE: Algorithms challenge journalists’ professional judgment

The use of algorithmic judgment for news selection and placement should be considered distinct from journalists’ professional judgment, argues a new article by Matt Carlson, of Saint Louis University. The growing use of algorithms in automated news distribution and production challenges  journalists’ professional judgment. As human subjectivity can be seen as vulnerable to mistakes, and … Continued