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ARTICLE: A multi-level look at environmental journalism

How do different levels of influences affect the daily work of environmental journalists? Ever Josue Figueroa, of the University of Texas at Austin, studied environmental journalism as a space for a multi-level analysis, using a newer configuration of the hierarchy of influences model (HOI) as a theoretical framework. Figueroa conducted in-depth interviews with 13 environmental … Continued

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ARTICLE: A portrait of data journalism research

Julian Ausserhofer and Michael Oppermann, both of University of Vienna, with Robert Gutounig, Sarah Matiasek and Eva Goldgruber, all of FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences, have conducted a systematic review of research on data journalism (author names not in original order). The review covers the years 1996-2015, and it details the field’s most important … Continued

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ARTICLE: How to study news reading on Twitter?

Collaboration between computer and communication scientists can be very fruitful in investigating social media, Mathias Verbeke, Bettina Berendt, Leen d’Haenens and Michaël Opgenhaffen, all of University of Leuven, write. The authors’ new article reviews currently available methodologies and presents their own, devised for and used in a study of news reading on Twitter. The authors’ … Continued

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ARTICLE: Research largely ignores “journalists doing journalism”

Research into journalism focuses too much on generalized “practices” and not enough on journalistic “performance” – in other words “journalists doing journalism”, David M. Ryfe, of University of Iowa, writes. Ryfe reviewed 80 academic essays and monographs written from the “practice perspective”, i.e. building on the works of, among others, Pierre Bourdieu and Anthony Giddens. … Continued


CFP | 30.3. | What about audiences needs researching – and how?

Conference entitled “Audiences2030: Imagining a future for audiences” is calling for paper proposals. The event will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, on the 28th and 29th of September 2017. The conference marks the end of the CEDAR project – the Consortium on Emerging Directions in Audience Research. In essence, the conference is interested in ways … Continued


CFP | 22.4. | Theories and methods of studying past media

A conference entitled “Excavating Media: Devices, Processes, Apparatuses” is calling for paper proposals. The conference is hosted by the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, UK, on the 30th of June and 1st of July 2017. The organisers invite “proposals that consider new approaches to media theory and history”. The (non-exhaustive) list of suggested topics consists … Continued

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Revisiting classic communication theories – a special issue of Communication and Media published

The Serbian open access scientific journal, Communication and Media has published a special issue called “Revisiting classic communication theories”. The issue contains 5 articles from scholars. They are accessible through the links below. Stijn Joye, Ansgard Heinrich, Romy Wöhlert: 50 years of Galtung and Ruge: Reflections on their model of news values and its relevance … Continued

ARTICLE: Information quality in Venezuelan media

Poor employment conditions and the polarized political discourse adversely affect the Venezuelan newspapers’ quality of information, write Luis M. Romero-Rodríguez, of Santiago de Cali University and University of Huelva, with Ignacio Aguaded of University of Huelva. The authors compiled a measurement indicator to gauge the quality of mediated information and applied it to Venezuelan media. … Continued

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New issue of MedieKultur: researching cross-media communication

The issue 60 of MedieKultur has been published. The new issue features six theme articles, four open sections articles and six reviews. The issue’s theme is “Researching Cross-Media Communication: Methodological Approaches”. Especially interesting from a journalism researcher’s point of view is the article “From everyday communicative figurations to rigorous audience news repertoires” by Christian Kobbernagel … Continued

CFP: How to research citizen media

Researching Citizen Media Workshop, hosted at the University of Manchester, is still accepting submissioms. The event is partially booked, but presentation slots are still available for PhD students and early career researchers. The event will take place on the 15th and 16th of September this year. Presentation abstracts should be sent by the 20th of … Continued