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ARTICLE: Algorithms challenge journalists’ professional judgment

The use of algorithmic judgment for news selection and placement should be considered distinct from journalists’ professional judgment, argues a new article by Matt Carlson, of Saint Louis University. The growing use of algorithms in automated news distribution and production challenges  journalists’ professional judgment. As human subjectivity can be seen as vulnerable to mistakes, and … Continued

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ARTICLE: News agencies are conservative on user generated content

International news agencies put little weight on user generated content (UGC) on their online news videos, a team of scholars found. They analysed the videos uploaded to the YouTube accounts of five news organisations, Al Jazeera English, France 24 English, Russia Today, CNN International, and Al Arabiya, over the course of one week in 2013. … Continued


CFP | 31.7. | Have digital sources changed journalism?

A special issue of Digital Journalism is calling for papers. The issue wants to showcase research that focuses or is related to one of four aspects of online sourcing in journalism. Quote from the original call: “First, we ask which online sources are most prominent within journalistic reporting, and/or whether they have replaced more traditional … Continued

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ARTICLE: Narrative news form informs, but does not gain appreciation from young audiences

Do news written in a narrative form better attract younger audiences? This presumption was tested in a new study by Mariska Kleemans, Gabi Schaap and Mitchel Suijkerbuijk, of Radboud University. The participants representing different age groups were given four online news articles written in either a narrative or an inverted pyramid stucture. The study measured … Continued

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REPORT: Use of paywalls in Europe

More and more news outlets are using paywalls to compensate for declining legacy revenues and insufficient digital advertising incomes. The report studies 171 news organizations in six European countries: Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and the UK. The report was written by Alessio Cornia, Annika Sehl, and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, of the Reuters Institute for … Continued

ARTICLE: Victims of sexual violence are represented in highly stereotyped ways

The topic of sexual violence is surrounded by a variety of social beliefs on the subject, writes Sandra Schwark, of Bielefeld University. The article investigates visual representations of sexual violence in online news media in Germany. The author conducted a qualitative thematic analysis of a set of photographs that were obtained from reports about sexual violence … Continued

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ARTICLE: News factors and previous comments guide users’ commenting behaviour

Content of news articles and comments dynamically shape the discussion value of news pieces online. Marc Ziegele, Mathias Weber, Oliver Quiring and Timo Breiner, all of Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, studied the effects of news articles and previous comments on user commenting. The authors conducted an experiment with 436 participants. In the experiment, … Continued

REPORT: UK media coverage of Brexit was “acrimonious and divisive”

A report by Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power, examines the coverage of EU referendum. The report authored by Martin Moore and Gordon Ramsay, both of King’s College London, is based on analysis of all articles published online about the EU Referendum across 20 national news outlets in the United Kingdom. Over the 10-week campaign the news outlets … Continued


CFP | 15.9. | How do online journalists see their role in society?

A special issue of the #ISOJ Journal is now accepting paper submissions. The issue will be published in conjunction with the International Symposium on Online Journalism, in April 2018. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their work at the Symposium, which will take place in Austin, Texas (United States). The issue’s theme … Continued