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ARTICLE: Journalists’ opinions have little effect on story framing

The way journalists perceive global poverty has “little predictive power” over how their stories frame poverty, write Mirjam Vossen and Baldwin van Gorp, both of University of Leuven, with Lau Schulpen, of Radboud University. The authors surveyed 54 Dutch journalists who regularly write about poverty – a sample which covers most of Netherlands’ poverty-focused journalists. … Continued



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ARTICLE: On US newspapers, female nipples are bad

American newspapers usually mention the female nipple only in negative connections, write Mary Angela Bock, Paromita Pain and JhuCin Jhang, all of University of Texas at Austin. The authors analysed 2 516 news articles that mentioned breasts, published by ten large US newspapers over the course of one year. The authors were especially interested in … 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



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ARTICLE: More news exposure increases Islamophobia

New Zealanders who consume more news experience more anger and less warmth towards Muslims, write John H. Shaver, of University of Otago, Chris G. Sibley and Danny Osborne, both of University of Auckland, and Joseph Bulbulia, of Victoria University of Wellington. The authors analysed data from a large-scale survey of adult New Zealanders (N=16584). The … Continued


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ARTICLE: Class and socialization steer young people’s orientations towards news

Journalism does not only facilitate democracy, civic engamement and strenghten communities, as is often theorized. A new study by Johan Lindell, of Karlstad University, and Paola Sartoretto, of Stockholm University, looks at the social functions of journalism from a different perspective. The authors conducted eight focus groups interviews with secondary education students with different profiles … Continued


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ARTICLE: Changing image of military experiments in Italian local press

The representation of the PISQ military testing site in Sardinia, Italy, changed significantly over the years, Aide Esu and Simone Maddanu, both of University of Cagliari, write. The authors analysed 1 600 news articles about the site, published by the local newspaper L’Unione Sarda between 1956 and 2013. Esu and Maddanu identified four distinct phases … Continued