ARTICLE: Populist rhetoric on immigrants is more common in Danish than in Swedish or Norwegian press

Danish newspapers are noticeably more populist in writing about immigration than their Swedish or Norwegian counterparts, Hilmar Mjelde and Jan Fredrik Hovden, both of University of Bergen, write. They analysed over 4 000 newspaper articles on immigration, published since 1970 in the three countries. The authors operationalized “populism” as calls for (or celebrations of) strong … Continued


ARTICLE: Business interests are more prominent in news than thought

Business interests have much greater presence in news than previously thought, University of Amsterdam researchers Ellis Aizenberg and Marcel Hanegraaff write. The authors analysed of over 350 000 British and Dutch newspaper articles, taking into account which “organized interests” were present in them. Earlier studies had shown business interests’ presence in the news was not … Continued


ARTICLE: Sympathetic victims predict the use of photographs in crime news

If a homicide involves a “sympathetic victim”, the event is likely to be covered with photographs, noticed Walter Works and Jennifer S. Wong, both of Simon Fraser University. The inclusion of photographs in the coverage will, in turn, affect the audience’s impressions and recall of the crime, potentially distorting public understanding of crime, the authors … Continued


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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