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ARTICLE: Balancing between new media ethos and religious norms

Changes in mainstream media and online journalism have also affected religious communities. For example, many Jewish ultra-Orthodox news websites have been launched over the past ten years. Oren Golan and Nakhi Mishol-Shauli of the University of Haifa, studied religious web journalists and how they view their work. The authors interviewed 40 journalists of Haredi news … Continued


PAPER: News stories’ heroes and villains can be detected automatically

The way different actors are framed in news stories is an important part of news literacy, a team of Northwestern University researchers posits. Analysing each story carefully enough to detect these frames, however, is a tall order for the average reader. In order to assist critical reading, Diego Gomez-Zara, Miriam Boon and Larry Birnbaum have … Continued


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ARTICLE: Journalists are willing to engage with online commenters, but take action to limit the influence

The relationship between online commenters and journalists has been a tricky one. News organizations are struggling with how to allow for audience autonomy while still holding on to power and journalistic authority. J. David Wolfgang of Colorado State University researched how journalists attempt to frame commenting and its role alongside journalism. He did 1) a … Continued


ARTICLE: Automated news recommendation can be as good as human editors

Is automated news recommendation a threat to content diversity, leading to audience getting trapped inside “filter bubbles”? Judith Möller, Damian Trilling and Natali Helberger, all of University of Amsterdam, with Bram van Es, of eScience Center, investigated the question through a statistical simulation. The authors used a sample of almost 22 000 news articles published … Continued


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ARTICLE: Americans are not that interested in fake news, after all

Few Americans are deeply invested in consuming so-called fake news, Jacob L. Nelson, of Northwestern University, and Harsh Taneja, of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, write. The authors analysed the browsing data collected from one million Americans before and after the 2016 presidential elections. Nelson and Taneja compared online traffic to established news websites (e.g. New … Continued


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ARTICLE: Legacy media still have the strongest online audience overlap in the US and UK

A new study by Subhayan Mukerjee and Sandra González-Bailón of the University of Pennsylvania, and Sílvia Majó-Vázquez of the University of Oxford (authors not in original order), created a novel way to find out how people consume news online. Researchers tracked the browsing behaviour of web users and looked at the networks they form while … Continued


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ARTICLE: How to predict news spread across media?

Can the dissemination of news be predicted from the early phases of their spread? Elisa Mussumeci and Flávio Codeço Coelho, both of Fundação Getulio Vargas, conducted an experiment with 2129 Brazilian online news articles. The authors began by searching for news about the 2015 terrorist attack against the French satirical paper, Charlie Hebdo. They then … Continued


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ARTICLE: Studying users, businesses and competition helps news startups

Starting a new news media business is difficult in an unstable environment of today. Christoph Sommer of TMT Industries (formerly of the University of Zurich) studied processes and practices of market orientation of news startups. Sommer’s research focuses on market intelligence about users, business customers and competitors. The article is based on four case studies … Continued


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ARTICLE: Data visualization practices in Scandinavian newsrooms

There are several factors that shape the fast-developing practices of data visualizations in journalistic use, find Martin  Engebretsen, of University of Agder, Helen  Kennedy, of the University of Sheffield, and Wibke Weber, of ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences. The researchers interviewed 30 editorial leaders, data journalists, developers and graphic designers from 10 major news … Continued