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ARTICLE: Who re-tweets clickbait links on Twitter?

Who forwards “clickbait” links on Twitter, and how do those Twitter messages differ from “non-clickbait” tweets? Abhijnan Chakraborty, Rajdeep Sarkar, Ayushi Mrigen and Niloy Ganguly, all of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, studied the questions by analysing millions of tweets and re-tweets. The team started with 12 media organisations present on Twitter. This included both … Continued

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ARTICLE: British readers spend more time with newspapers in print than online

Even though newspaper circulations have been falling and news are consumed more via smartphones, readers still spend much more time with newspapers’ print versions than with their websites and apps, a study finds. Neil Thurman of LMU Munich and City, University of London, and Richard Fletcher of the University of Oxford, compared time spent with … Continued

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ARTICLE: Lessons from online newspapers from the early days of the web

Matthew S. Weber and Katherine Ognyanova of Rutgers University, and Allie Kosterich of Pace University, studied the patterns of hyperlinking to explain how online newspapers adapt to new technologies. The article looks at the years from 1996 to 2000 as a critical period of adaptation for newspapers on the Web. Mainstream news sites of 28 … Continued

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ARTICLE: Fast crisis reporting makes journalists cautious

Journalists express uncertainty more often when they are tasked with the fast-paced coverage of unfolding crises, Shelly Rom and Zvi Reich, both of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, write. The authors analysed the output of two Israeli news websites, Ynet and Walla, and interviewed five journalists with experience editing both regular news and “news flashes”. … Continued

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ARTICLE: Grammar still matters in the digital age

Do audiences care about errors in grammar? Alyssa Appelman, of Northern Kentucky University, and Mike Schmierbach, of the Pennsylvania State University, studied how grammatical errors in news articles affect people reading them. They conducted four experiments in the United States. The first two tested the main effects of grammatical errors on audience perceptions, and two … Continued

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ARTICLE: Not all “digital players” differ from legacy media

Digital native news outlets are not all the same when it comes to topic priorities, write James Painter, of University of Oxford, Silje Kristiansen, of Northeastern University, and Mike S. Schäfer, of University of Zurich. The authors analysed the coverage of the 21st climate change summit, also known as Conference of the Parties (COP). The … Continued

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ARTICLE: The most successful independent news sites depended on few revenue sources

Acquiring multiple sources for revenue is usually good for a business. Looking at independent online news services in the United States, a study by Brian L. Massey of East Carolina University found quite the opposite results. Massey conducted a survey on 127 stand-alone news sites in 2014. For-profit news sites performed the best with a … Continued

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PAPER: Some fake news stories persisted longer than others

There were geographic and time-related trends in consumption of fake news prior to the US presidential election. Adam Fourney, Miklos Z. Racz,  Gireeja Ranade, Markus Mobius and Eric Horvitz, all of Microsoft Research, analyzed traffic to websites known for publishing fake news in the months preceding the 2016 presidential election. Researchers used instrumentation data from … Continued

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ARTICLE: Comparing news apps in 10 countries

Teresa Nozal Cantarero and Ana González-Neira, of The University of A Coruña, and Elena Valentini of Sapienza University of Rome, looked at 148 news applications from 20 newspapers in 10 different countries. They analyzed 81 apps for smartphones and 67 for tablets, studying the multimediality, interactivity and commercialization of the apps. The researchers compared apps … Continued

ARTICLE: Individual news repertoires and political participation

In contemporary high-choice media environments, people increasingly mix and combine their use of various news media into personal news repertoires, write Jesper Strömbäck, of University of Gothenburg, Kajsa Falasca, of Mid Sweden University, and Sanne Kruikemeier, of University of Amsterdam. The article explores how people compose these individual news repertoires and the effects of different news repertoires on political participation. … Continued