ARTICLE: Homosexuality in sports journalism

In 2014 when professional football player Thomas Hitzlsperger  announced that he is gay, media response was overwhelming. Christiana Schallhorn and Anne Hempel conducted a qualitative content analysis of three newspapers ZEIT, FAZ, and SZ to explore the main topics of coverage of Hitzlsperger’s coming-out, as well as broader discussions about homosexuality in sport and society. They … Continued


ARTICLE: Different news read online and in print

The audience reads different news stories online than in print, write Torbjörn von Krogh, of Mid Sweden University and Ulrika Andersson, of University of Gothenburg. The authors compared the results of a telephone survey on the readership of a Swedish newspaper, and that newspaper’s web page’s metrics from the same time period. Print readers not … Continued


REPORT: Updates on Swedish and Norwegian media

Newspaper industries in both Sweden and Norway are declining, recent statistics show. However, the Swedish newspaper industry has been able to break its fall by cutting losses and increasing subscription prices. Meanwhile in Norway, newspapers’ digital subscription profits are in a steep increase, yet still insufficient to cover its losses in print. The insights come … Continued


ARTICLE: Violent women in tabloids in Finland

Women as perpetrators of violence are often portrayed as strong agents with an antisocial will to hurt others, write Satu Venäläinen. The focus of her new article is on the ways in which women’s violence is made meaningful in Finnish tabloids. The analysis attempts to dissect the ways in which the identities of “feminine women” and “violent women” … Continued


ARTICLE: Late parenting in UK press

Late parenting is represented in news discourse as a challenging concept in various ways, in contrast to ‘normative’ parenting, writes Virpi Ylänne, of Cardiff University. She analysed 90 UK newspaper articles on late parenting and found five main news frames: social change, personal frame, risks of late parenting, older continued parenting and reproductive technology–enabled parenting. According to … Continued


ARTICLE: News from the future

Political news in Danish newspapers might have become less future-oriented over the 1997–2013 period, write Kenneth Reinecke Hansen of University of Southern Denmark. This is according to the significant decline in modal verbs in the present (future) tense. However, at the same time the articles seem to become slightly more speculative. Methodologically the scholar applied the corpus linguistic methods of keyword … Continued


ARTICLE: More accurate reporting in child abuse is needed

Emma Davies, of Liverpool John Moores University, Erin O’Leary, of Liverpool John Moores University and John Read, of Swinburne University of Technology study how child abuse and neglect were reported in a sample of newspaper articles between 2003 and 2013 in England and Wales. The research shows that although neglect and emotional abuse are the most common causes of child … Continued


ARTICLE: Political News in Online and Print Newspapers

Carina Jacobi, Katharina Kleinen-von Königslöw and Nel Ruigrok compare political news in popular and elite print newspapers and their respective online editions during the 2013 National Election Campaign in Austria. They claim that the gap in quality between political news in elite and in popular newspapers is larger online. The results seem to show that the move from print … Continued


ARTICLE: Death of TV critics?

Media-based critic has played and still plays an important role informing, reflecting on and shaping public debates, claims Paul Rixon. But are the newspaper-based TV critics facing their end? If so, what might be taking their place? Rixon explores the role of the TV critic and analyses the impact of new forms of digital communication on newspaper-based TV critics … Continued


ARTICLE: Gender equity in South African news media

South African news media have reached near gender parity in terms of the workforce. But do women have equal power to influence news agendas and to extend the broader public discourse, ask Ylva Rodny-Gumede in a newly published article. Through interviews with journalists the study shows that despite improved gender equity, female journalists do not think they have the … Continued