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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

ARTICLE: Online news video consumption is growing modestly

The push of video from platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat has driven the production of videos upwards, writes Antonis Kalogeropoulos, of RISJ, University of Oxford. The author compared the prominence of online news video in Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States and explored the role of social media use in … Continued

PAPER: News sharing and limited attention of social media users

News companies need to pay special attention to social media users’ ‘limited attention’ when forming their social media strategy, writes Chankyung Pak, of Michigan State University. News companies are using social media to advertise their individual news articles but the competition with other content in social media is hard. The conference paper presents a study that examines how news … Continued

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PAPER: Introducing a tool for news story personalization

An University of Michigan project aims to create a simple story personalisation tool for journalists. Called PersaLog, the system is being worked on by Eytan Adar, Carolyn Gearig and Ayshwarya Balasubramanian, all of University of Michigan, and Jessica Hullman, of University of Washington. PersaLog consists of a simple coding language and an editing environment. Through … Continued

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ARTICLE: How do podcasts connect with their audience?

Marcus Funk, of Sam Hunt State University, US, has analysed 12 American podcasts to find out how news and community values manifest in them. Some of the podcasts in Funk’s sample were produced by traditional journalists while others were produced by “avocational” journalists – hobbyists and citizen journalists of various clout. Podcast hosts often take … Continued

ARTICLE: Media framing of trolling and online abuse

Karen Lumsden, of Loughborough University, and Heather Morgan, of University of Aberdeen studied the framing of trolling in British newspaper reports. Qualitative document analysis of 175 newspaper reports of trolling from British national newspapers was applied. The tactics employed by trolls can be seen as examples of “silencing strategies”. The article argues that the media’s framing of trolling … Continued

ARTICLE: An algorithm makes news organizations to play by Facebook’s rules

In June 2014 Facebook’s announced an algorithm tweak that prioritized videos directly uploaded to the social media platform (native videos) over other posting formats, such as link and photo posts. Edson C Tandoc Jr, of Nanyang Technological University and Julian Maitra, of University of St. Gallen examine how news organizations responded to this algorithm tweak. Prior … Continued