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ARTICLE: Empowering women in Niger with radio journalism

Radio can be used for reaching marginalised and isolated communities in many regions in the Global South. It is important to see whether information broadcasted is accurate, independent and aligned with listeners’ needs or wishes, Emma Heywood of the University of Sheffield, the author of a new study, writes. In Niger, gender inequality is widespread … Continued


In covering Ebola, the West saw Africa as inept and disease-ridden

Did Western and African media cover the 2014 Ebola outbreak differently? Adaobi Duru, of University of Louisiana, investigated the matter by analysing Ebola-related articles from five newspapers. The papers came from the United States, United Kingdom, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Liberia – one from each. The US and UK papers emphasized how wretched of a … Continued



ARTICLE: Scandinavian mainstream media reject alternative right-wing media’s agenda

Swedish, Danish and Norwegian newspapers rarely -if ever- pick up on the topics written about by alternative right-wing media. Silje Nygaard, of University of Bergen, analysed 878 mainstream news articles that made reference to alternative media. Nygaard’s sample comprised six mainstream newspapers’ websites, two from each country. The author collected all articles from 2012 – … Continued


ARTICLE: Country images are shaped by news sources, not by content

Reading negative or positive news of a particular country alone does not affect the reader’s image of that country. The surprising result was discovered by Chen Yang, of Robert Morris University, and Gi Woong Yun, of University of Nevada. The authors conducted an online experiment with 172 American university students. The participants were directed to … Continued


ARTICLE: Migration news underrepresent women

Migrant women are much less visible than migrant men in German news on migration. Fabienne Lind, of University of Vienna, and Christine E. Meltzer, of University of Mainz, discovered the discrepancy through an automated content analysis of nearly 350 000 German news articles. The authors searched for migration related, German news articles from the LexisNexis … Continued


ARTICLE: When a company is in a crisis, journalists’ attention shifts away from the CEO

A company’s chief executive officer (CEO) is usually its most visible public representative. However, in a time of crisis, journalists’ attention moves towards the company’s board members, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz researchers Nora Denner, Thomas Koch and Stephanie Senger discovered. The authors set out to investigate how personalized crisis coverage is – in other words, … Continued


ARTICLE: Donald Trump’s rise to power changed how news talk about ‘the border’

News discourse on the American-Mexican border region of Rio Grande Valley changed noticeably over 2015 – 2017. K. Jill Fleuriet, of the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Mari Castellano collected all Rio Grande Valley related news stories from nine national news outlets from that time and analysed how ‘the border’ was depicted in … Continued


ARTICLE: Newsrooms still don’t use Twitter’s potential to the fullest

How did different television networks use Twitter in covering the 2016 Orlando mass shooting? Lourdes Cárdenas, of San Francisco State University, with Celeste González de Bustamante and Jessica Retis, both of the University of Arizona, approached the question through a qualitative content analysis. The Orlando attack had targeted a gay night club on a “Latin … Continued


ARTICLE: Newspapers chasing quick profits are most negative on terrorism

Newspapers’ profit orientation influences how negative their news on terrorism are, Aaron M. Hoffman, of Simon Fraser University Canada, and Dwaine H. A. Jengelley, of Purdue University, write. They analysed the terrorism coverage of United States’ 20 largest newspapers between 1997 and 2014. Authors measured the news articles’ tone by comparing the proportions of negative … Continued