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REPORT: High level of distrust in news in Turkey

People’s trust and mistrust in news media Turkey indicate a very polarised society and news media, a new report by Servet Yanatma of the University of Oxford, shows. The report is supplementary to the Digital News Report 2017 by Oxford’s RISJ Institute, and is based on the survey done for the report. Television is the … Continued


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ARTICLE: Convergence and de-convergence at a Chinese newsroom

A well-established organizational culture and a working routine  are crucial for legacy media when adapting to rapid changes in the digital age, a new study states. Ke Li, of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, did ethnographic research at the Chinese newspaper Beijing News for four months. Li proposes a convergence and de-convergence model of … Continued


ARTICLE: Optimism on paywalls in local newspapers

Local newspapers have also started to apply digital paywalls around the world. The latest study in Norway, including 20 local newspapers, provide some optimism on paywall’s potential contribution to the funding of local journalism. Decreasing readership and advertising revenues have challenged the whole local newspaper business. This has also threatened the civic well being of … Continued


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ARTICLE: Newspapers give their owners and their other businesses preferential treatment

South Korean newspapers write more often and more positively about their owners and subsidiary companies than of their competitors, a team of South Korean researchers discovered. They analysed 1 362 newspaper articles that involved either a newspaper owner or a television network. First the researchers selected three major South Korean newspapers, which also own television … Continued


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ARTICLE: Politically active people in Taiwan still read print newspapers

Tien-Tsung Lee of the University of Kansas, and Yuki Fujioka of Georgia State University analyzed data from the Taiwan Communication Survey (TCS) from 2013, looking at which news and information sources are connected to civic and political participation. Their sample included 2 000 Taiwanese adults. Print newspaper reading was positively associated with both online and offline … Continued



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ARTICLE: The future of American small market newspapers is not all doom and gloom

Talk about “the newspaper industry” is too general, a team of scholars argue. Most American papers are what the team terms “small market newspapers”, yet the public discourse is often dominated by the woes of few but prominent metropolitan and national newspapers. As a remedy, the scholars interviewed 56 experts -including executives, editors, journalists, researchers, … Continued


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ARTICLE: British readers spend more time with newspapers in print than online

Even though newspaper circulations have been falling and news are consumed more via smartphones, readers still spend much more time with newspapers’ print versions than with their websites and apps, a study finds. Neil Thurman of LMU Munich and City, University of London, and Richard Fletcher of the University of Oxford, compared time spent with … Continued


ARTICLE: Layout designers and sub-editors design the news

Sub-editors hold a position of substantial power, as they are the ‘final frontier’ before news reaches the reader, write Astrid Vandendaele, of Ghent University. Together with layout designers they represent the heart of production at a newspaper. The focus of this study is on the production values the author formulated. The study aims to find out in … Continued


ARTICLE: Native advertising’s impacts on journalism autonomy

Native advertising is a form of paid digital content that mimics non-advertising content published on the same platform. You Li, of Eastern Michigan University, explores how the boundary of authority is discursively renegotiated by the actors in the journalistic field in the process of legitimizing native advertising. The data collection sought discourses that addressed launching and … Continued