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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

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ARTICLE: The news will find you, but that might not make you wiser

Even in a saturated online media environment, active seeking for news is needed for learning about politics, write Homero Gil de Zúñiga, of the University of Vienna, Brian Weeks, of the University of Michigan, and Alberto Ardèvol-Abreu, of the Universidad de La Laguna. Their article studies the concept of news-finds-me perception, i.e. “the extent to … Continued

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ARTICLE: How to study news reading on Twitter?

Collaboration between computer and communication scientists can be very fruitful in investigating social media, Mathias Verbeke, Bettina Berendt, Leen d’Haenens and Michaël Opgenhaffen, all of University of Leuven, write. The authors’ new article reviews currently available methodologies and presents their own, devised for and used in a study of news reading on Twitter. The authors’ … Continued

REPORT: Platforms become publishers

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University has published a report about the convergence between journalism and platform companies. The influence of social media platforms and technology companies is having a greater effect on American journalism than even the shift from print to digital, write the authors Emily Bell, of Tow Center, and Taylor … Continued

ARTICLE: Foreign correspondents using chat apps during unrest

Chat apps have taken on a heightened significance in reporting political unrest, particularly in terms of audience/reporter distinctions, sourcing of information, and community formation, write Valerie Belair-Gagnon and Colin Agur, of University of Minnesota and Nicholas Frisch, of University of Yale. Their article explores how foreign correspondents used chat apps, such as Whatsapp, to cover political … Continued