ARTICLE: Real pictures of current events

A recently published article by Christoph Raetzsch explores the photographic legacy of journalistic objectivity in early twentieth century America. Before halftones became the dominant mode of reproducing photojournalism in print media, wood engravings were the most used form of ‘illustrated journalism’. The study shows how objectivity became a dominant value in photojournalism after halftones were adopted as the main … Continued

ARTICLE: Print, local or general crisis?

The newspaper crisis is something all Western countries are facing. But is it a business model crisis for newspapers in general or only a local news crisis, ask Ingela Wadbring and Annika Bergström. Wadbring and Bergström analyse the consumption of newspapers and other local news media since 1986. The findings indicate that the newspaper crisis is general and the readership … Continued

ARTICLE: First issue of journal Javnost now free online

This year’s first issue of a new communication and culture journal Javnost – The Public is now free to access online, at least for today. The Routledge-published journal is now in partnership with the European Institute for Communication and Culture. Here are our picks, emphasizing journalism research – as always. In the first article, Vaia Doudaki of Cyprus … Continued

REPORT: Talking about science and badgers

The news stories surrounding a controversial badger cull made use of only a small circle of select scientists, writes Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) fellow and BBC journalist Helen Briggs. Briggs studied some 160 articles, columns and editorials published in UK newspapers regarding the topic. The author also conducted interviews with both … Continued

ARTICLE: Different media, different practices

Differences in news making practices of Israeli media have been sketched out by Zvi Reich, of Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Reich conducted interviews with 108 journalists from Israeli newspapers, television and radio stations, and online news sites. By asking the journalists to reminisce randomly selected news pieces of their making, Reich was able … Continued

ARTICLE: Press dominates Twitter in murder case uproar

Twitter messages, or tweets, make extensive use of mainstream media’s news pieces, while the opposite hardly happens, write Tony McEnery, Mark McGlashan and Robbie Love, all of Lancaster University. They performed a corpus linguistic analysis on the tweets and news stories published in relation to a prominent UK murder case in 2013. The authors researched … Continued

ARTICLE: International press fuels EU’s crises

English language elite press paints a consistently negative picture of the European Union’s future, write Mai’a Davis Cross, of Northwestern University, and Xinru Ma, of University of Southern California. They studied articles published in Time Magazine, The Economist, International Herald Tribune and Financial Times during three separate crises in the EU between 2003 and 2012. … Continued