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ARTICLE: Examining the hybrid media system and politics in Australia

Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard’s (1996–2007) use of talk back radio and YouTube were pivotal in the trend towards ‘disintermediation’ in Australian politics, a new study states. Caroline Fisher, David Marshall and Kerry McCallum, of the University of Canberra, examined mediatization of politics and hybrid media logic in Australia. As data for the research, authors … Continued


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ARTICLE: News audiences are not fragmented in the Japanese Twittersphere

Existing studies on ideological selective exposure have several limitations, state Tetsuro Kobayashi of City University Hong Kong, Yuki Ogawa of Ritsumeikan University, Takahisa Suzuki of Tsuda University, and Hitoshi Yamamoto of Rissho University. The authors examined selective exposure and news audience fragmentation in the Japanese Twittersphere. Researchers tested the generalizability of US findings in the … Continued


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ARTICLE: How online harassment influences the work of female journalists

Female journalists face rampant online harassment, across different cultures, new study states. Researchers interviewed 75 female journalists who have worked in Germany, India, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Engaging with audiences online through comment sections or social media, is often a job requirement for journalists. The harassment disrupts the reciprocity between journalists … Continued


ARTICLE: Social media affects the journalistic process on “all levels”

How does social media affect contemporary journalism? Patrick Ferrucci, of University of Colorado-Boulder, put the question to 53 American digital journalists and interviewed them over their use of social media. The author analysed the answers through the hierarchy of influences model, coined by Pamela Shoemaker and Stephen Reese (1996). The hierarchy of influences consists of … Continued



ARTICLE: Harassment of female journalists receives attention only when validated by men

How does feminist discourse penetrate the mainstream media in a “post-feminist” era? Dunja Antunovic, of Bradley University, investigated the question through a case study of the #MoreThanMean campaign. #MoreThanMean was a campaign launched in 2016 to highlight the abuse female sports journalists had to suffer on social media. At the campaign’s center was a video … Continued


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ARTICLE: People navigate news on social media based on ‘generalised scepticism’

As news are read more often via social media, the selection of what news people see is based increasingly on algorithms, instead of editorial selection. Richard Fletcher and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen of Oxford University, studied how people navigate news on social media, focusing on how they perceive news selection. The authors did a two-part study. … Continued


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CFP | 30.5. | Twitter and journalism

The Nova Science Publishers is calling for chapter proposals for an edited book on Twitter. The book covers a variety of Twitter related topics, including the practices and uses of Twitter in journalism. Chapter proposals should be sent by May 30 this year, and full submissions are due by August 30. The full call for … Continued


ARTICLE: Most mainstream media fell for fake Twitter accounts

Most major American news sources ended up citing Twitter accounts connected to the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA), a research conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison reveals. A team of scholars investigated the appearance of influential Russian-linked Twitter accounts in American news. First, the researchers identified the 100 most active and well-connected Twitter accounts linked … Continued


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CFP | 27.4. | Vigilante audiences

The Erasmus Research Centre of Media, Communication and Culture is calling for chapter proposals for an upcoming, edited book on “Vigilante Audiences”. The volume will be published online in an open access format. The publication project also includes a two-day workshop, to be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in October 2018. The book will focus … Continued