REPORT: Challenges and opportunities for news media

We are moving towards an increasingly digital, mobile, and social media environment with more intense competition for attention, write Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Alessio Cornia and Antonis Kalogeropoulos. More and more people access and find news via social media. Newly published RISJ report reviews challenges and opportunities for news media and journalism in the changing media … Continued


CFP: The recent history of provincial newspapers

A one-day conference entitled “Provincial Newspapers: Lessons from History” is looking for paper proposals. The conference will take place on the 8th of September 2017 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The event organisers welcome a wide range of topics relating to provincial newspapers, from their history to possible futures, from financial aspects to community roles. Suitable … Continued

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ARTICLE: Print and broadcast journalists still don’t get along

Newspaper and television journalists continue to distrust each other, Vincent Filak, of University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, writes. Filak surveyed 191 US journalists over their thoughts on newsroom convergence, and compared those results to an earlier study from 2004. The respondents were presented with hypothetical plans to converge print and broadcast operations. Both groups of journalists viewed … Continued

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ARTICLE: Local news are too hard to understand

Local newspapers are written in a manner which makes the news hard to understand, Ben Wasike of University of Texas Rio Grande Valley writes. The author analysed local newspaper content from 40 US counties and compared that information to census data from those areas. The author used two measures to analyse the news: the Flesch–Kincaid … Continued

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ARTICLE: South European newspapers adapt better to convergence

Spanish and Portuguese newspapers are more willing to embrace convergence than their Dutch, Swiss, German, or Austrian peers, a new international study finds. The project interviewed a total of 228 editors and other decision makers in regional and national newspapers from all six countries. The research team comprises Manuel Menke and Susanne Kinnebrock, both of … Continued

REPORT: US papers fall into the hands of investment groups

Large numbers of small and mid-sized newspapers in the US are being bought off by investment groups for short term profit, a new report from the University of North Carolina’s School of Media and Journalism states. The research looked at ownership trends between 2004 and 2016. According to the report, the three largest US newspaper … Continued

ARTICLE: Burmese refugees in Indiana news media

This study investigates how Burmese refugees were framed by Fort Wayne’s The Journal Gazette located in Indiana where refugee resettlement has taken place over the last two decades, write Emily A Ehmer, of Texas State University, and Ammina Kothari, of Rochester Institute of Technology. 335 stories and 286 accompanying images were analysed. The findings indicate that … Continued

Shin Mizukoshi Interview

VIDEO: Media landscape in Japan and creating alternative ecosystems

We interviewed Shin Mizukoshi, a Professor of Media Studies at the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at the University of Tokyo. He talks to us about the current media landscape in Japan, digital journalism, future directions for media and his research projects. Mizukoshi’s research interests include workshops on imagining and creating alternative media ecosystems. He … Continued

ARTICLE: Framing the Cypriot economic crisis

New study by Vaia Doudaki, of Uppsala University and Cyprus University of Technology, Angeliki Boubouka and Christos Tzalavras, both independent researchers, examine news framing during the economic crisis in Cyprus. The focus of the study is on three time periods, associated to major developments in what is known as the Cypriot economic crisis. The study examines … Continued