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ARTICLE: Colombian media shapes people’s perceptions of income inequality

David Coppini of the University of Denver, and German Alvarez and Hernando Rojas, both of the University of Wisconsin, studied the relationship between media exposure, perceptions of inequality, and political outcomes. They did a survey for a representative sample of the Colombian adult population (n = 1 031). News consumption had a negative relationship with perceptions … Continued


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ARTICLE: Examining the hybrid media system and politics in Australia

Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard’s (1996–2007) use of talk back radio and YouTube were pivotal in the trend towards ‘disintermediation’ in Australian politics, a new study states. Caroline Fisher, David Marshall and Kerry McCallum, of the University of Canberra, examined mediatization of politics and hybrid media logic in Australia. As data for the research, authors … Continued


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ARTICLE: Reporting of the Beijing’s 2013 smog hazard emphasized the role of experts

Air pollution is one of the main environmental concerns in Chinese cities. Sibo Chen, of Simon Fraser University, studied how Beijing’s smog hazard in 2013 was covered by the Xinhua News Agency, China Daily, South China Morning Post (SCMP) and the Associated Press (AP). The severity of the smog hazard captured the media’s attention in … Continued


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ARTICLE: Challenging the political elite remains restricted in India

The relationship between the news media and individuals of the political elite in India can be conceptualized as ‘contingent heteronomy’, a new study argues. Swati Maheshwari and Colin Sparks, of Hong Kong Baptist University, studied how authoritative and populist leaders like the Gandhis and Modi manipulate media power in the country. They interviewed 40 journalists … Continued


ARTICLE: Political satire challenged in the UK

Humour and satirical attitudes are often intertwined to political communication and journalism. The new political landscapes, in the president Trump’s US and the Brexit’s UK, have challenged mainstream broadcast political satire, argues Ric Bailey from the University of Leeds. In his essay Bailey examined the development of US and British TV satire and the consequences for … Continued


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ARTICLE: Panama Papers enabled policy change in New Zealand, but faded quickly

The Panama Papers data leak and media collaboration in 2016 were unprecedented in scale, and drew unprecedented news focus to global tax abuse. Thomas Owen and Taylor Annabell, of Auckland University of Technology, studied the coverage of Panama Papers in New Zealand media, analyzing thosands of articles from 23 news outlets. The data leaks functioned … Continued


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ARTICLE: The connection between immigration news and real-world developments

How do news about immigration relate to real-life developments? University of Amsterdam researchers Laura Jacobs, Alyt Damstra, Mark Boukes and Knut De Swert did a longitudinal study from 1999 to 2015 analysing trends in immigration news and comparing these to real-world events and developments. The dictionary-based automated content analysis included over 4 million news articles … Continued


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ARTICLE: Politically active people in Taiwan still read print newspapers

Tien-Tsung Lee of the University of Kansas, and Yuki Fujioka of Georgia State University analyzed data from the Taiwan Communication Survey (TCS) from 2013, looking at which news and information sources are connected to civic and political participation. Their sample included 2 000 Taiwanese adults. Print newspaper reading was positively associated with both online and offline … Continued


ARTICLE: The audience reacts more strongly to political scandals, if the information is presented bit by bit

Dividing a news story about a political scandal into several pieces will have a stronger effect than presenting all information at once, Christian von Sikorski and Johannes Knoll, both of University of Vienna, write. The authors came to the conclusion after conducting an experiment with 171 university students. The participants all read a (fictitious) story … Continued