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ARTICLE: Syrian refugees described as flooding water

The most commonly used category of metaphors for Syrian refugees is that of water masses, write Raith Zeher Abid (University of Karbala), Shakila Abdul Manan (Universiti Sains Malaysia), and Zuhair Abdul Amir Abdul Rahman (Sohar University). The authors analysed 2 548 news stories published online by nine news outlets from around the world. Overall, metaphors … Continued

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ARTICLE: The death of Robert Dziekanski changed the way Tasers are written about

The Canadian newspapers’ discourse on the use of Tasers changed after Robert Dziekanski died after the device was deployed against him, write Nicole Neverson, of Ryerson University, and Charles T. Adeyanju, of University of Prince Edward Island. The authors analysed 150 news articles (of a total of 304 discovered articles), published on the topic between … Continued

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ARTICLE: How do terror attack survivors feel about journalists?

On 22.7.2011 a terrorist attack killed 77 people in Norway, most of them youth on a summer camp on Utøya island. A total of 490 campers survived the massacre, many of whom were contacted by the media for interviews. How did contact with journalists, and the subsequent coverage, affect the survivors? Researchers from the Norwegian … Continued


CFP | 3.5. | Media in the media

A conference entitled “Mediating Cultural Work: Texts, Objects and Politics” is looking for paper and panel proposals. The conference is organised by the Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies, part of the University of Leicester. The event will take place in Leicester, UK, between the 6th and 8th of September 2017. The broad theme … Continued


CFP | 30.4. | Conservative media in the US and beyond

Editors of an upcoming, edited book on conservative media are looking for chapter proposals. The book’s working title is “News on the Right: Studying Conservative News Cultures”, and it is edited by Anthony M. Nadler, of Ursinus College, and A. J. Bauer, of New York University. The volume will “mostly” focus on conservative media in … Continued

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ARTICLE: For a while, Reuters pushed the Russian narrative of Ukraine

The news agency Reuters’ coverage of the Ukrainian crisis closely followed the line of the Russian state-controlled ITAR-TASS news agency, an analysis by Kohei Watanabe, of London School of Economics, reveals. Watanabe algorithmically analysed 9 281 news stories dealing with democracy in Ukraine, published by four news agencies in 2013 and 2014. The three Western … Continued

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ARTICLE: Mexican immigrants in Great Depression editorials

Different US newspapers framed Mexican immigrants in dramatically different ways during the darkest years of the Great Depression, Melita Garza, of Texas Christian University, writes. Garza analysed the editorials of three San Antonio based newspapers –San Antonio Express, San Antonio Light, and La Prensa– between 1929 and 1933. San Antonio Light followed its owner’s, William … Continued