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ARTICLE: The connection between immigration news and real-world developments

How do news about immigration relate to real-life developments? University of Amsterdam researchers Laura Jacobs, Alyt Damstra, Mark Boukes and Knut De Swert did a longitudinal study from 1999 to 2015 analysing trends in immigration news and comparing these to real-world events and developments. The dictionary-based automated content analysis included over 4 million news articles … Continued


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ARTICLE: Economic news focus on negative developments

Dutch newspapers present a more negative picture of the economy than what the situation actually is. Alyt Damstra and Mark Boukes, of the University of Amsterdam, studied the impact of economic news on people’s economic evaluations and expectations. The researchers did an analysis in two parts. First, they investigated the impact of real economy on … Continued


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ARTICLE: Despite fewer aviation incidents, relative media attention increased over time in the Netherlands

Do the news portray a distorted world image when reporting menace? ask Toni G. L. A. van der Meer, Anne C. Kroon, Piet Verhoeven and Jeroen Jonkman, all of the University of Amsterdam. To answer this, the researchers did a longitudinal study from 1991 to 2015 about media coverage of aviation incidents. The authors conducted … Continued


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ARTICLE: Journalists’ opinions have little effect on story framing

The way journalists perceive global poverty has “little predictive power” over how their stories frame poverty, write Mirjam Vossen and Baldwin van Gorp, both of University of Leuven, with Lau Schulpen, of Radboud University. The authors surveyed 54 Dutch journalists who regularly write about poverty – a sample which covers most of Netherlands’ poverty-focused journalists. … Continued


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ARTICLE: Media’s role in spreading populist blame attributions

How are populist attributions of blame framed in the media? Michael Hameleers, Linda Bos and Claes de Vreese, of the University of Amsterdam, conducted a content analysis of 867 stories from six different national newspapers in the Netherlands. News pieces were selected from non-election and election periods in 2002 and 2012. The authors identified three … Continued


Niek Hietbrink video interview

VIDEO: Local newspapers in the Netherlands

Niek Hietbrink, a teacher and researcher at the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences talked to us about his research into local daily newspapers in the Netherlands. The study looked at the effects of lay-offs on the content of the papers. Hietbrink also shared his interests into continuing to do this kind of research and looking … Continued