Picture: Ukraine: Survival on the frontline by People in Need, Nikishina, Ukraine, March 2015, license CC BY-ND 2.0

ARTICLE: Various frames to the Eastern Ukraine conflict

The coverage of the Eastern Ukraine conflict varied considerably depending on different countries’ news. Nataliya Roman of the University of North Florida, Wayne Wanta of the University of Florida and Iuliia Buniak of the internet publication Obozrevatel studied how the conflict was portrayed in major Russian (Channel One Russia), Ukrainian (1 + 1), and American … Continued


Picture: Ukraine: Survival on the frontline by European Commission, license CC BY-ND 2.0

ARTICLE: Four roles of war reporters on Twitter

The new environment of war correspondents is characterised by instant messaging, borderless interaction and information warfare. Markus Ojala and Mervi Pantti of the University of Helsinki and Jarkko Kangas of the University of Tampere studied how correspondents enact their professional roles in various ways via Twitter. The authors studied the tweets of three Finnish war … Continued


CFP: Reporting terrorism and anti-terrorism

The 12th Dubrovnik Media Days Conference is now looking for paper abstracts on the news coverage of terrorism. The event will be hosted by the University of Dubrovnik in Dubrovnik, Croatia on the 28th and 29th of October this year. The conference is entitled “(Un)Clear and present danger: terrorism, media and technology”. The event seeks … Continued


ARTICLE: Manufacturing moral panic over socialism

The Chilean newspaper El Mercurio used foreign news to display the country’s socialist government in a negative light, write Francisco Javier Alvear, of Universidad de Chile, and Jairo Lugo-Ocando of University of Leeds. They analysed 110 El Mercurio front pages from between 1970 and 1973. International news were the second most prominent news category on … Continued


ARTICLE: CCTV News fails due to obvious propaganda

China’s attempt to exert soft power through a global English language news channel, CCTV News, is in vain, writes John Jirik, a Turkey-based independent researcher. Jirik worked for the channel run by the national China Central Television (CCTV) for a total of five years. He observed the channel’s operations with his employer’s consent. According to … Continued


New International Journal of Communication out now

New issue of International Journal of Communication is now published. Four of the articles are especially interesting for those who are into journalism. Sasha Costanza-Chock and Pablo Rey Mazón write about PageOneX, an open source software tool they designed to aid in the coding, analysis, and visualization of newspaper front pages.  Kate Wright creates a theoretical model for studying relations between journalists … Continued


ARTICLE: The Irish unfazed by WWI enlistment propaganda

Only one major Irish newspaper picked up the cause of promoting recruitment during the Great War, writes Mark O’Brien, of Dublin City University. The author analysed the coverage three national, Irish newspapers gave to a press tour of the front lines arranged by the British War Office. The papers in question are the Irish Times, … Continued


War in Donbass by ВО «Свобода», licence CC BY 3.0

ARTICLE: Mediatization of war

In today’s wars, professional media and military institutions have arrested the once-chaotic social media dynamics and more effectively harnessed them for their own ends, says a recent study by Andrew Hoskins of the University of Glasgow and Ben O’Loughlin of the Royal Holloway University of London. The article explains how war and media have operated … Continued


CEECOM 2015: Biggest takeaways

The Central and East-European Communication and Media Conference 2015 (CEECOM2015) ends today, Sunday 14th June in Zagreb, Croatia. The conference was organized by University of Zagreb in cooperation with ECREA CEE Network and co-sponsored by ICA. The conference focused on the digital transition that challenge media industries, audiences, and regulators. It’s main aim was to discuss these … Continued


ARTICLE: Fascist press used “Paris 1937” for propaganda

Italian fascist propaganda created a negative image of France and socialism during the “Paris, 1937” exhibition, writes Francescomaria Evangelisti of University of Seville. Using the Italian press to manipulate information, France was presented as a chaotic nation full of drunks and idlers. The fascists manipulated information to fabricate an idea of “otherness”, with the France as the … Continued