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ARTICLE: Folk theories help to explain how “news avoiders” get information

Growing numbers of people access information in other ways than by reading newspapers or accessing a news organization’s website. There’s been a shift towards so-called ‘distributed discovery’, where people find information via a range of digital intermediaries and platforms. Benjamin Toff of the University of Minnesota, and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen of the University of Oxford, … Continued


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PAPER: The relation between foreign news coverage and web search activity

If a country gets major media attention from other countries, does it also come up in people’s searches? Haewoon Kwak, Jisun An, Joni Salminen, Soon-Gyo Jung and Bernard J. Jansen, all of Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar, studied media attention and public interest towards different topics. Researchers collected one hundred most popular topics daily for … 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


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ARTICLE: Indian entrepreunial journalism and social identity

How do entrepreneurial journalists see their social identity and how does this influence the journalism they practice? Summer Harlow of the University of Houston, and Monica Chadha of Arizona State University, interviewed founders, editors and journalists at 10 digital news startups in India. The researchers used and modified a typology form previous research to describe … Continued


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ARTICLE: How online harassment influences the work of female journalists

Female journalists face rampant online harassment, across different cultures, new study states. Researchers interviewed 75 female journalists who have worked in Germany, India, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Engaging with audiences online through comment sections or social media, is often a job requirement for journalists. The harassment disrupts the reciprocity between journalists … Continued


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ARTICLE: Scandinavian news websites are not linked on equal terms

Hyperlinking patterns of news websites can be seen as indicators of flow of information. News outlets are not connected equally, and significant parts of the journalistic sector are disconnected from the digital ecology, a new study finds. Researchers wanted to find out what the structural properties of media systems mean for the centrality of news … Continued


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ARTICLE: Location-based mobile news remain rare

Which news organizations are currently using geolocated news and what kind of content is being used? Amy Schmitz Weiss of San Diego State University, went through 173 mobile news apps by top news media outlets from the United States. Broadcast companies had more location-based services enabled than other media outlets, the results show. Of all … Continued


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ARTICLE: Analytics tools rationalize journalistic work while creating a compelling user experience

How do analytics rationalize journalistic work? Rutgers University researcher Caitlin Petre spent six months at the newsroom analytics company Chartbeat doing ethnographic observation and interviews. The author looked at discursive strategies and design elements used by the company to influence journalists’ views on the issue. The newsroom analytics dashboard differs from a “Taylorist” stopwatch in … Continued


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ARTICLE: The Guardian articles written by women and people of color received a disproportionate amount of abusive comments

Compared to men, articles written by women attracted a higher percentage of inappropriate comments, new study finds. Becky Gardiner of Goldsmiths, University of London, studied blocked comments on The Guardian website. In 2006, The Guardian opened most of its articles to reader comments. While the articles were commented frequently, at the same time many journalists … Continued