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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


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ARTICLE: “Horse race coverage” increases political polarization

Framing a policy issue as a conflict between parties increases the readers’ political polarization, Jiyoung Han and Christopher M. Federico, both of University of Minnesota, write. The authors conducted two experiments, one with college students and one with adults, with a total of 455 Americans. The participants in both experiments were shown news stories about … Continued


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ARTICLE: The news will find you, but that might not make you wiser

Even in a saturated online media environment, active seeking for news is needed for learning about politics, write Homero Gil de Zúñiga, of the University of Vienna, Brian Weeks, of the University of Michigan, and Alberto Ardèvol-Abreu, of the Universidad de La Laguna. Their article studies the concept of news-finds-me perception, i.e. “the extent to … Continued


ARTICLE: Who gets covered?

The decision of whose opinions to give voice to is an especially consequential one in American politics, write Michael W. Wagner, of University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Mike Gruszczynski, of Austin Peay State University. The authors study whether journalists are more likely to give attention to members of Congress who are more ideologically extreme. They also … Continued


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ARTICLE: Public service news are more diverse than commercial

News published online by public service broadcasters provide more diversity than news published by other types of news organisations, Edda Humprecht and Frank Esser, both of University of Zurich, write. The authors analysed 1 660 political news articles, published by 48 news organisations in six countries: United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. … Continued


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ARTICLE: Politicians influence news by selecting journalists they talk to

The most important way politicians influence news is by forging ties with ideologically compatible journalists, write Peter Maurer, of Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Markus Beiler, of Leipzig University. The authors surveyed 177 Austrian political journalists, and interviewed 10 journalists and 10 politicians. Maurer and Beiler asked the journalists about the interactions they … Continued


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ARTICLE: How the media prepared France for WW II

In a very short time France’s prime minister Édouard Daladier (1884-1970) was able to turn the public image of the country around – securing Great Britain as an ally right before the Second World War descended upon France. Media, especially newsreels and newspapers, was crucial in signalling the British of France’s capability as a war-time … Continued