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ARTICLE: News sharing, network heterogeneity and political participation

News internalizing affects political participation, but only indirectly via externalizing, write Jihyang Choia, of Ewha Womans University, Jae Kook Leeb, of Indiana University and Sungkyunkwan University, and Emily T. Metzgarc, of Indiana University. By analyzing the role of network heterogeneity and news sharing activities, the article explores how the use of social media is related to … Continued

PAPER: News sharing and limited attention of social media users

News companies need to pay special attention to social media users’ ‘limited attention’ when forming their social media strategy, writes Chankyung Pak, of Michigan State University. News companies are using social media to advertise their individual news articles but the competition with other content in social media is hard. The conference paper presents a study that examines how news … Continued

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PAPER: Information verification tools need to be customizable

An international team of researchers has been working on software for automated verification of information circulating on Twitter. The team observed 15 Swiss journalists to find out how they utilize and verify user generated content (UGC) in their work. Later on the team’s software was tested and evaluated by two journalists. The study’s main finding … Continued

REPORT: Combating fake news

A conference Combating Fake News: An Agenda for Research and Action was held on February 17–18, 2017. David Lazer, Nir Grinberg, Lisa Friedland, Kenneth Joseph and Will Hobbs, all of Northeastern University and Harvard University, Matthew Baum, of Harvard University and Carolina Mattsson, of Northeastern University (not in original order) wrote a final report drawing from the conference presentations. … Continued

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ARTICLE: News tweets affect the stock market

Economic news published on Twitter by the Reuters and Bloomberg agencies cause the Dow Jones Industrial Average stock market index (DJI) to fluctuate, write Nadine Strauß, Rens Vliegenthart and Piet Verhoeven, all of University of Amsterdam. The authors analysed the two agencies’ tweets from September 2015 and compared them to the changes in the DJI. … Continued

ARTICLE: Stopping fake news

In their new article Maria Haigh, Thomas Haigh and Nadine I. Kozak, all of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, document the work practices of StopFake, an Ukrainian volunteer fact-checking organization.  The authors frame the study within the study of online news practices and of fact-checking work. Mixed qualitative methods were used to gather data about StopFake.org’s work. StopFake conducted much of … Continued

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ARTICLE: Most journalists use Twitter for brand-building

Majority of American journalists’ Twitter profiles contain branding elements, write Logan Molyneux, of Temple University, Avery Holton, of University of Utah, and Seth C. Lewis, of University of Oregon. The authors analyzed a representative sample of US-based journalists’ Twitter accounts (N=384) and their most recent tweets (N=1903). The journalists’ Twitter biographies almost always (80 per … Continued

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ARTICLE: Newsrooms are losing control to digital intermediaries

News organisations have benefited from digital intermediaries such as Facebook and Google, but at the same time they have begun losing control over their content’s distribution, Rasmus Kleis Nielsen and Sarah Anne Ganter, both of University of Oxford, write. The authors interviewed the staff of a large, well-off, European legacy news organisation over their relationship … Continued

ARTICLE: Young people, news media and social engagement in the Netherlands

Nico Drok, Liesbeth Hermans and Karijn Kats, all of of Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, explore how Dutch millennials’ social engagement relates to their news interest, their news media use and their news preferences. The study is part of a research project called “Young people, news media use and participation”. Data were collected in 2014, using a quantitative … Continued