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ARTICLE: Data journalism producing abstract categories

The world around us is not naturally organized into categories for statistical analysis. For the purposes of data journalism, discrete, unique incidents, events, and people must be rendered as similar, so that abstract categories may be created and compared, a new study states. Wilson Lowrey and Jue Hou, of the University of Alabama, studied data … Continued



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ARTICLE: Status of women in Israeli journalism

Journalism in Israel has been a male-dominated profession. What have been the occupational and professional implications of more and more women entering into the profession? Einat Lachover and Dafna Lemish, of Southern Illinois University, analysed the results of two international surveys that dealt with the status of women in journalism. The surveys in question were … Continued


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ARTICLE: Colombian media shapes people’s perceptions of income inequality

David Coppini of the University of Denver, and German Alvarez and Hernando Rojas, both of the University of Wisconsin, studied the relationship between media exposure, perceptions of inequality, and political outcomes. They did a survey for a representative sample of the Colombian adult population (n = 1 031). News consumption had a negative relationship with perceptions … Continued


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ARTICLE: Chinese media frame Islam and Muslims negatively

Chinese state news reports project an overall negative view of Muslims, a new study shows. Luwei Rose Luqiu of Pennsylvania State University, and Fan Yang of the University at Albany, conducted a three-part research about Islamophobia. The researchers did a content analysis of Chinese state news media reports from 2005-2015 about Muslims and Islam (n=15 427), … Continued


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ARTICLE: Newspapers give their owners and their other businesses preferential treatment

South Korean newspapers write more often and more positively about their owners and subsidiary companies than of their competitors, a team of South Korean researchers discovered. They analysed 1 362 newspaper articles that involved either a newspaper owner or a television network. First the researchers selected three major South Korean newspapers, which also own television … Continued


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ARTICLE: Indigenous media producers are often torn between professional obligations and meeting community responsibilities

In their work Indigenous media producers navigate tensions between professional obligations and responsibility towards their communities. Over the course of 12 years, Elizabeth Burrows of Griffith University, interviewed 42 Indigenous media producers from Australia, Canada, Finland, Sweden and New Zealand about their views on professional norms. 16 of the interviewed media producers had formal journalism … Continued


ARTICLE: How journalists give think tanks their authority

The way journalists cite think tanks can help construct them as authoritative sources, Andrew Chadwick, of Loughborough University, writes with Declan McDowell-Naylor, Amy P. Smith and Ellen Watts, all three of Royal Holloway, University of London. The authors analysed the way British broadcasters referred to the think tank Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) prior to … Continued


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ARTICLE: The connection between immigration news and real-world developments

How do news about immigration relate to real-life developments? University of Amsterdam researchers Laura Jacobs, Alyt Damstra, Mark Boukes and Knut De Swert did a longitudinal study from 1999 to 2015 analysing trends in immigration news and comparing these to real-world events and developments. The dictionary-based automated content analysis included over 4 million news articles … Continued


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CFP | 14.5. | Muslim women in the media

The Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) is calling for paper proposals for an upcoming, one-day conference on Muslim women in the media. The conference is organised by the MeCCSA Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Network, and it will be hosted by the University of East London on the 24th of May 2018. The event’s … Continued