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ARTICLE: Political ownership indirectly influences journalists’ work in Indonesia

What is the state of media freedom in Indonesia, a rarely studied country in communication research? Mala Ekayanti and Hao Xiaoming, both of Nanyang Technological University, studied how the political ownership of newspapers affects journalists practicing their professional values in daily work. The authors conducted a survey of 225 newspaper journalists from six newspapers in … 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: The relationships between PR and journalists in Germany

Relationships between journalists and PR practitioners are complex. Thomas Koch, of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Magdalena Obermaier and Claudia Riesmeyer, both of Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, conducted a survey to which 835 journalists and 601 public relations practitioners in Germany responded, looking at how public relations exerts power over journalists. The research studies six bases of … 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: Four ways to control media by government funding

“Regulation, legislation, physical attacks, and threats against journalists or media owners are effective methods used to capture the media. But funding is arguably the most effective method of all”, Marius Dragomir, of Central European University (CEU) in Hungary, argues. The article describes trends in how governments use funding to control media, directly and indirectly. There … Continued


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ARTICLE: Hong Kong’s news media increasingly connected to mainland China

Media capture in Hong Kong has distinctive characteristics. There is the uncensored media sector and open market economy, but the relatively small size of the region and proximity to the authoritarian markets and politics of China put pressures on the press, new research finds. The article by Nicholas Frisch of Yale University, Valerie Belair-Gagnon and … Continued


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ARTICLE: Korean ethnic media in North America need financial stability, online strategies and new audiences

Sherry S. Yu, of the University of Toronto, asks how do ethnic media deal with the financial challenges of local news production. The author studied Korean media in Vancouver and Los Angeles doing 35 in-depth interviews with various Korean media outlets, asking about ownership, business models, and marketing strategies to online and cross-language advertising. The … Continued


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ARTICLE: The three different roles of foreign correspondents working in China

How do foreign correspondents in China perceive their professional roles, and how their role perceptions differ across different media systems? asks Yuan Zeng of City University of Hong Kong, in a new article. Based on interviews with 101 journalists, the author identified three types of China correspondents: a detached disseminator a populist watchdog and a … Continued