ARTICLE: What makes news viral?

Ahmed Al-Rawi, of Concordia University, studies the elements that constitute news virality on YouTube and Twitter. The author examines the most viewed videos on four newspapers and their most retweeted news stories. The selected newspapers are the Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. The article studies 17 viral elements that … Continued

ARTICLE: Sky News’ coverage of Qatar

Qatar Airways, whose parent company is the government of Qatar, has offered generous sponsorship of Sky News’ weather reports over the last decade, write Tal Samuel-Azran and Inbal Assaf, of Sammy Ofer School of Communications. The study examines whether national companies’ sponsorship of content on global news media leads to more positive coverage of the sponsoring … Continued

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REPORT: Is virtual reality a viable medium for journalism?

The use of virtual reality (VR) for journalism is in its formative years, Zilla Watson, of the British Broadcasting Corporation, writes. Watson interviewed 22 journalists working with VR for an installment of the Reuters Digital News Project 2017. Currently, two things drive the adoption of VR technology in newsrooms, Watson found. First, some journalists are … Continued

Blind spots of regional media in Norway - Lisbeth Morlandstø interview

VIDEO: Blind spots of regional media in Norway

Lisbeth Morlandstø, Professor of Journalism at Nord University, Norway, talks about her research on regional media and opinion-based journalism in Norway. She has studied how the opinion-based journalism is filling some gaps that the narrowing scope of the regional media is not covering. She also tells about her new study about local journalism in Norway, … Continued

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PAPER: Automation to help reporting election data

Leo Leppänen, Myriam Munezero, Stefanie Sirén-Heikel, Mark Granroth-Wilding and Hannu Toivonen, all of the University of Helsinki, studied whether the journalistic process of newsworthiness determination can be automated. The researchers used statistical analysis to determine newsworthy events. The paper looked at a real natural language news generation system “election bot” Vaalibotti Valtteri as a case … Continued

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ARTICLE: Too much focus on technology in journalism education?

With a constantly changing industry, a challenge for journalism educators is how to prepare future journalists with the skills they need. Patrick Ferrucci, of the University of Colorado Boulder, interviewed 29 full-time veteran digital journalists in the United States to find out how they perceive current journalism education and the skills of new entrants to … Continued

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ARTICLE: Spain’s “Link Tax” increased fragmentation of online news consumption

The 2015 “Link Tax” legislation is Spain imposed a copyright fee for showing snippets of content created by newspapers. Similar regulations are being considered on the European level. Silvia Majó-Vásquez, of the University of Oxford, Ana S. Cardenal, of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and Sandra González-Bailón, of the University of Pennsylvania, examined the impact … Continued

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ARTICLE: Acquiring digital capital is important but gendered

Digital capital, i.e. information and communication technology skills and knowledge, is important in the struggle for power in journalism, increasing journalists’ chances for recruitment and advancement. Sara De Vuyst and Karin Raeymaeckers, of Ghent University, conducted 24 interviews with a cross-national sample to find out whether and how digital capital is gendered in journalism. Digital … Continued