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ARTICLE: The changing representations of a dictator

Leopoldo Galtieri (1926 – 2003) was one of Argentina’s last dictators. He ruled from December 1981 to June 1982, soon after which the country underwent elections and transitioned to democracy. Muireann Prendergast, of University of Limerick, has analysed the coverage of three events in Argentina’s leading newspapers in order to find out how Galtieri’s public … Continued

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ARTICLE: Lack of awareness and practical difficulties constrict diversity in Flemish news

Women and ethnic minorities continue to be underrepresented in the news media. Hanne Vandenberghe, Leen d’Haenens and Baldwin Van Gorp, all of KU Leuven, wanted to find out the extent to which the Flemish press in Belgium gives voice to gender and ethnic diversity. The article also points out explanations in the news production process … Continued

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ARTICLE: Constructive journalism is less scary for children

News stories with a constructive angle awaken less negative feelings in children than stories with a traditional format, a team of researchers from the Radboud University in the Netherlands discovered. The team, Mariska Kleemans, Rebecca N. H. de Leeuw, Janel Gerritsen and Moniek Buijzen, carried out an experiment with 332 Dutch schoolchildren, aged 8 to … Continued

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ARTICLE: Length of articles and size of newspapers affect diversity of content

Diversity of news content can be regarded as an indicator of the quality of reporting. In a new article, a group of researchers figured out what factors determine diversity of news. The paper studied newspaper articles concerning immigration in Belgium, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom between January 2013 and April 2014. Researchers measured diversity … Continued

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ARTICLE: Little difference between liberal and conservative papers’ coverage of the Crimean crisis

American newspapers covered the 2014 Crimean crisis in a fairly uniform fashion regardless of the papers’ political orientation, writes Anastasia N. Sorokina, of Temple University. Sorokina analysed 568 news article headlines regarding the crisis, published in six American newspapers. Half of the papers are considered liberal and half conservative leaning. The proportions of countries mentioned … Continued

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ARTICLE: Chinese and Western representations of smog in Beijing

Chinese and Anglo-American media represent Beijing’s smog problem very differently, write Ming Liu, of Sun Yat-sen University, and Chaoyuan Li, of Xi’an International Studies University. The authors algorithmically analysed 1 410 news articles published by China Daily, The Guardian, The Times, and The New York Times. Most notably, the Western sources tended to dramatize the … Continued