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ARTICLE: Professionals create impressive photojournalism, but struggle to maintain their position

What happened to photojournalism when a newspaper laid off its entire photography staff? Tara M. Mortensen of the University of South Carolina, and Peter J. Gade of the University of Oklahoma, studied news presentation of Middletown’s Times Herald-Record six months before and after its layoffs in 2013. The 1 500 photographs analyzed reveal that, after the … Continued


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ARTICLE: Photographs amplify news of danger, but not positive messages

Is a picture really worth a thousand words? Edmund W. J. Lee and Shirley S. Ho, both of Nanyang Technological University, studied the question through an experiment with 445 Singaporean university students. The participants were shown news stories about either nuclear power or nanotechnology. Some of the stories included photographs while others were text-only. Further, … Continued


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ARTICLE: Hard news pictures engage younger audience

What kind of photojournalism is best at engaging the audience? T.J. Thomson and Keith Greenwood, both of University of Missouri, investigated the question through a Q method study with 30 American Instagram users. Thomson and Greenwood selected 16 Instagram accounts of established news organisations and photojournalists. They then selected the three most well-received images from … Continued


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ARTICLE: Photojournalists are overworked and underappreciated

Photojournalists working for Polish, Czech and Slovakian newspapers feel their workload increasing while their prestige dwindles, Filip Láb and Sandra Štefaniková, both of Charles University in Prague, write. They interviewed 78 photojournalists and photo editors who work for the leading print media in the three countries. The average size of a photography department is under … Continued


ARTICLE: Visual coverage of the Ukraine crisis on Twitter

The Ukraine conflict has been characterised by a discursive battle or “information war” that is seen in the drastically different narratives about the nature of the conflict, writes Mervi Pantti, of University of Helsinki. The study explores the question of the blurring of traditional boundaries between the personal and the professional in relation to visual narratives tweeted … Continued


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ARTICLE: News photographers are depicted as “sidekicks”

News discourse depicts photojournalists as mere “support staff” for reporters, write Mary Angela Bock, Kyser Lough and Deepa Fadnis, all of University of Texas at Austin. The authors used discourse analysis to pick through the coverage of the dramatic, on-air murder of two journalists working on different sides of the camera. Two American journalists working … Continued


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ARTICLE: Rethinking media’s responsibility towards refugees

Lilie Chouliaraki and Tijana Stolic, both of the London School of Economics and Political Science, studied newspaper headline images from five European countries. They created a typology of visibilities of the ‘crisis’, each proposing different forms of civic agency and responsibility towards refugees. The authors found five types of visibilities: visibility as biological life, empathy, … Continued


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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CFP | 30.4. | Politics of images in the digital era

An upcoming issue of the journal Problemi dell’Informazione is calling for paper proposals. The issue, entitled “Icons and power. Politics of images in the digital era”, will be published in early 2018. The editors welcome both empirical and theoretical works, in either English or Italian. The call for papers contains the following list of suggested … Continued