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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



ARTICLE: Crisis in the relationship between Finnish media and politicians

On Friday November 25, 2016, the Finnish public broadcaster YLE published an online story that made Prime Minister Juha Sipilä lose his temper. YLE management reacts by scaling down coverage. As a consequence, journalists resign and accuse editorial leaders of limiting freedom of speech. In addition, in 2017 Finland lost its first place on Reporters without … Continued



ARTICLE: Peng Liyuan as first First Lady of China

In the Western World, the spouse of a nation’s leader – the First Lady – often receives high visibility as a as a champion of social causes. Before Peng Liyuan, a famous singer and the wife of China’s president Xi Jinping, visible spouses of the presidents in China were rare. By conducting a qualitative thematic textual analysis, Qi Ling … Continued


ARTICLE: Eurocentric concept of revolution cannot explain the Arab Spring event

Petra Cafnik Uludağ, of Bilkent University examines how does the concept of revolution as used in the Western media affect reporting about the Arab Spring. A media framing analysis (MFA) focused on The Guardian and The New York Times (2011 – 2013) was conducted. At first the study extracts six attributes used to define Western revolutionary … Continued