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ARTICLE: Length of articles and size of newspapers affect diversity of content

Diversity of news content can be regarded as an indicator of the quality of reporting. In a new article, a group of researchers figured out what factors determine diversity of news. The paper studied newspaper articles concerning immigration in Belgium, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom between January 2013 and April 2014. Researchers measured diversity … Continued


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ARTICLE: Dutch papers don’t rely too heavily on press releases

In a new study, Jelle Boumans of the University of Amsterdam took a look on how press releases impact news content in the Netherlands. Boumans used automated content analysis on 4455 press releases between 2004-2013 and examined how press releases about different corporations and NGOs are used in Dutch newspapers and by news agencies. Boumans’ … Continued


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ARTICLE: What’s keeping newspapers from fully engaging social media?

Mainstream newspapers in Finland, Japan and Korea have one thing in common: they all seem to under-utilize social media in their operation. The reasons, however, are different for each country, write Joo-Young Jung, of International Christian University, and Mikko Villi, of University of Jyväskylä. The authors interviewed 18 senior journalists working for 14 different mainstream … Continued


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ARTICLE: What affects politicians’ media reputations?

How are political leaders treated by newspapers, and how does that affect the leaders’ popularity? Daniel Stevens, of University of Exeter, and Barbara Allen, of Carleton College compared the United States and United Kingdom by examining their leaders’ press coverage and election success. The authors wanted to test three different theories. Reinforcement: opposition supporters and … Continued


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ARTICLE: Tabloidization has increased, but only modestly

German and Austrian elite newspapers have become more tabloid-like since 1949, Melanie Magin, of University of Mainz, writes. Magin analysed the election coverage of seven papers from between 1949 and 2009, manually coding just over 10 000 news pieces. In some respect, tabloidization has remained at a constant level throughout the years, the author discovered. … Continued


REPORT: Local journalists are positive about the future for small-market newspapers

Majority of newspapers in the United States are small-market newspapers. A new Tow Center for Digital Journalism report by Christopher Ali, of University of Virginia and Damian Radcliffe, University of Oregon, focuses on these local newspapers. The authors conducted an online survey among local journalists to explore what is it like to work at these small-market newspapers. The … Continued


ARTICLE: Are newspapers’ news stories becoming more alike?

In recent years scholars have claimed that there is a trend toward less diversity in news content. Kathleen Beckers, Andrea Masini, Julie Sevenans, Miriam van der Burg, Julie De Smedt, Hilde Van den Bulck, Stefaan Walgrave, all of University of Antwerp, explore if this is true by conducting a quantitative analysis of the news content of nine … Continued


REPORT: Why people pay for news?

The American Press Institute has published a new research on paying for news. The report is conducted by The Media Insight Project. In-depth interviews in addition to a survey with news consumers were conducted. The study finds that slightly more than half of all U.S. adults subscribe to news, including subscribing to newspapers or magazines, … Continued



ARTICLE: Low-quality news videos make the news organization seem less credible

Gina Masullo Chen, of University of Texas at Austin, Peter S. Chen, of University of Texas at Austin, Chen-Wei Chang, of Fudan University, and Zainul Abedin, of University of Southern Mississippi study what influence does news video quality have on college-age news consumers’ perceptions of the videos as well as their perceptions of the credibility and value … Continued