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ARTICLE: Information seeking and socializing motivate social media users

By liking, sharing, tweeting, or retweeting, social media have provided users with many tools to share news content with their peers, write Veronika Karnowski, of LMU Munich, Larissa Leonhard, of University of Leipzig and Anna Sophie Kümpel, of LMU Munich. The study explores the effects of motives, attitude, and intention on news-sharing behavior among German social … Continued

ARTICLE: What makes news viral?

Ahmed Al-Rawi, of Concordia University, studies the elements that constitute news virality on YouTube and Twitter. The author examines the most viewed videos on four newspapers and their most retweeted news stories. The selected newspapers are the Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. The article studies 17 viral elements that … Continued

Mapping news consumption – Kim Schrøder interview

VIDEO: Mapping news consumption

Kim Schrøder, Professor of Communication at Roskilde University, talked to us about his research on how people use news media in their everyday life. Schrøder has studied this from two perspectives: with a quantitative “high-altitude” level and a qualitative ”ground-level” approach. His findings shed light on social media and the willingness to pay for news. … Continued

ARTICLE: Journalists’ self-branding on Twitter

Based on a quantitative content analysis, Ulrika Hedman, of University of Gothenburg, examines Swedish journalists’ Twitter account presentations. The focus of the analysis is on how the technological affordances of Twitter shape journalists’ self-branding and whether there are differences between groups of journalists. It seems that Swedish journalists use professional attributes, such as title and workplace, in … Continued

Coverage of the fake news issue in Norway – Bente Kalsnes interview

VIDEO: Coverage of the fake news issue in Norway

Bente Kalsnes, Associate Professor, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA), did an interview with us about her recent research: how fake news has been reported in Norway. Most of the news have been about the US presidential election and Donald Trump. Fake news is also used to imply media criticism and as … Continued

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ARTICLE: How do people authenticate social media info?

Numerous stories that have gone viral in social media have been turned out to be fake news. It can be difficult to distinguish between trustworthy news and falsified content. Edson C. Tandoc, Richard Ling, Andrew Duffy, Debbie Goh and Lim Zheng Wei of Nanyang Technological University, and Oscar Westlund of Gothenburg University (authors not in … Continued

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ARTICLE: How do French and American journalists use social media?

Work practices and interactions with peers influence how journalists use social media. Matthew Powers, of the University of Washington, and Sandra Vera-Zambrano, of Universidad Iberoamericana, examined journalists’ use of social media in France and United States. They interviewed 60 journalists from Seattle and Toulouse. Journalists in both countries perform similar routine tasks in social media: … Continued

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ARTICLE: Israeli journalists tweeted differently about the Gaza war

How did Israeli journalists’ Twitter messages about the 2014 Gaza war differ from their international colleagues’ messages, asked Ori Tenenboim, of University of Texas at Austin. Tenenboim analysed a random sample of 1 000 tweets, sent by 20 Israeli and 20 international journalists. The contents of the messages differed significantly: Israeli journalists mentioned places in … Continued

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ARTICLE: Age and gender of political journalists influence interaction on Twitter

Millenials are described as more interactive online than older generations. This was not the case in a new study on political journalists. John H. Parmelee, Nataliya Roman, Berrin Beasley and Stephynie C. Perkins, all of the University of North Florida, examined how journalists’ age and gender influence their interactivity on Twitter. The authors did a … Continued