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ARTICLE: Data journalism or electoral prediction?

Norman P. Lewis and Stephenson Waters examine how journalists convey the meaning of data journalism to their audiences. The focus of the study is on the words journalists have used publicly to describe data journalism and the prediction-defying elections in 2015 and 2016 in the United Kingdom and the United States. The authors conducted a content analysis … Continued



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ARTICLE: Political ownership indirectly influences journalists’ work in Indonesia

What is the state of media freedom in Indonesia, a rarely studied country in communication research? Mala Ekayanti and Hao Xiaoming, both of Nanyang Technological University, studied how the political ownership of newspapers affects journalists practicing their professional values in daily work. The authors conducted a survey of 225 newspaper journalists from six newspapers in … Continued



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ARTICLE: British press “viciously” attacked Jeremy Corbyn

The British press was highly antagonistic against Jeremy Corbyn when he was running for and got elected as the leader of the Labour Party. London School of Economics researchers Bart Cammaerts, Brooks DeCillia and João Carlos Magalhães investigated the coverage of eight national newspapers during the two months before, and two months after Corbyn’s election. … Continued


ARTICLE: Media visibility of radical right in Romania and Hungary

Populist radical right parties across Europe have gathered momentum and transformed the public sphere, write Cristian Norocel, University of Helsinki and Université libre de Bruxelles, Gabriella Szabó, of of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and Márton Bene, of Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Corvinus University of Budapest. The authors analyse the differences and similarities in the media visibility of the populist … 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