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ARTICLE: Newsgames are imperfect, but have their uses

Both proponents and detractors of newsgames “exaggerate” their impact, write Christoph Plewe, of Free University of Berlin, and Elfriede Fürsich, of University of Pittsburgh. They analysed three refugee or migration related newsgames: The Refugee Challenge, Against All Odds and The Migrant Trail. All three games make an appeal to sympathize with the migrants, and thus … Continued


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ARTICLE: Twitter is no substitute to local news outlets

Focus of political conversation on Twitter is on the national rather than the local level, write Jaigris Hodson, of Royal Roads University, Canada and April Lindgren, of Ryerson University, Canada. They analysed over 19 000 Twitter messages related to the 2015 federal election in Canada. Hodson and Lindgren focused on eight Canadian communities, all outside … Continued


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CFP | 1.10. | Populists’ representations in mainstream media

An upcoming special issue of The International Journal of Press/Politics is calling for paper proposals. The issue is themed around “populist communication”, dealing with topics such as the representation of populist actors in mainstream media. According to the call for papers, comparative approaches are particularly welcome. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present … Continued


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ARTICLE: Turkey’s news media landscape highly polarized also on Twitter

Twitter has become an important playground for the news media in Turkey.  Burak Doğu of the İzmir University of Economics, conducted a network analysis in Twitter to look at Turkey’s polarized news media landscape after the Gezi protests. The findings are analyzed at four levels: identifying the actors, positioning the actors and examining connections among … Continued


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Ethnographic research on Turkish media: a case study of journalistic ethics in a polarized society

Written by Ozan Aşık, Uludag University Ethnographers immerse themselves in the social world of a relatively small community and observe from the inside “how people lead their lives, how they carry out their daily round of activities, what they find meaningful, and how they do so”1. My latest article, “The Fall of the Public and … Continued


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ARTICLE: The construction of balance in TV coverage of UK EU referendum

Impartiality of news during political campaining should mean more than just balancing opposing sides. Stephen Cushion and Justin Lewis, of Cardiff University, studied how impartiality was editorially constructed and interpreted in television news coverage during the UK 2016 European Union referendum campaign. Authors did a systematic content analysis of main evening news bulletins during the … Continued


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ARTICLE: What affects politicians’ media reputations?

How are political leaders treated by newspapers, and how does that affect the leaders’ popularity? Daniel Stevens, of University of Exeter, and Barbara Allen, of Carleton College compared the United States and United Kingdom by examining their leaders’ press coverage and election success. The authors wanted to test three different theories. Reinforcement: opposition supporters and … Continued


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ARTICLE: Friends’ recommendations attract users to read political news and opposing views

How do our Facebook friends influence what news we read? Nicolas M. Anspach, of Temple University, studied how people select political news in social media. The author conducted a survey experiment (105 participants) using mock Facebook News Feeds. The news feeds contained activity attributed to different sources, from fictional individuals to participants’ own friends. Each … Continued


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ARTICLE: Journalistic autonomy requires balancing between professional, organizational and relational dimensions

High concentration of media ownership and the proximity of the media to political and economic elites have been identified as challenges to the autonomy of Chilean journalism. Ximena Orchard, of the Universidad Alberto Hurtado, examined how journalists negotiate notions of autonomy in their daily exchanges with politicians. The study is based on semi-structured interviews from … Continued