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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


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REPORT: Media coverage of the UK General Election

Two main political parties dominated news about the UK General Election, states a report from Loughborough University. Researchers from Loughborough University’s Centre for Research in Communication and Culture reported on their website weekly about national news reporting on the election campaign. The reports cover the most popular television news and newspapers. The analysis focuses on … Continued


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ARTICLE: Being a liberal journalist in contemporary Russia

It is problematic to apply Western-centric media system theories to contemporary neo-authoritarian Russia, in light of mechanisms used by the state to control the media and the country’s overall development, a new study finds. Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova, of the University of Chester, studied the conditions of liberal journalists in the country. The author conducted a semi-ethnographic … Continued


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ARTICLE: News comments hardly expand citizens’ agency

Being able to comment on news about public policy issues will enhance the “citizenship positions” available to the audience, but that potential is largely untapped, write Zara Pinto-Coelho, Anabela Carvalho, and Eunice Castro Seixas, all of University of Minho. The authors conducted critical discourse analysis on news stories from four Portuguese newspapers, and on reader … Continued



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ARTICLE: Tabloidization has increased, but only modestly

German and Austrian elite newspapers have become more tabloid-like since 1949, Melanie Magin, of University of Mainz, writes. Magin analysed the election coverage of seven papers from between 1949 and 2009, manually coding just over 10 000 news pieces. In some respect, tabloidization has remained at a constant level throughout the years, the author discovered. … Continued


REPORT: UK media coverage of Brexit was “acrimonious and divisive”

A report by Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power, examines the coverage of EU referendum. The report authored by Martin Moore and Gordon Ramsay, both of King’s College London, is based on analysis of all articles published online about the EU Referendum across 20 national news outlets in the United Kingdom. Over the 10-week campaign the news outlets … Continued


ARTICLE: Journalists in the grip of politics

Peter Maurer, of  Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) studies how political journalists in France and Germany perceive political influence on their work and how country-specific institutional and cultural frameworks affect political journalism. A survey among elite of political journalists in Germany and France was conducted. It covered 342 persons in Germany and 393 persons in … Continued