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ARTICLE: The effect of format and source type on how people select news

A growing competition for audiences and the proliferation of new sources, sometimes less credible, have changed how people read news. Are the concerns over news consumption specific to the medium on which people get their news? ask George D.H. Pearson and Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick of the Ohio State University. The researchers looked for differing patterns of … Continued



ARTICLE: TV and search engines people’s first choices for political information

Where do people choose to get political information, and how much do they learn from it? Researchers analyzed data from a national sample of U.S. adults from 2011 and 2012, measuring for political knowledge of the respondents. Internet searches have come to rival television news as a source of political information, the authors state. 35% … Continued


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ARTICLE: How do journalists, NGO’s and government delegations interact?

United Nations’ climate change conferences gather delegations from governments and non-governmental organisations from around the world. These events are also keenly observed by a number of journalists, making the events interesting venues for researching journalist-source interaction. A team of researchers interviewed a total of 106 journalists, delegates and NGO representatives at three conferences, and supplemented … Continued


ARTICLE: How do NGOs influence and shape public discourses on conflict?

It has been claimed that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have become increasingly visible in media discourses on armed conflict. But what types of NGOs, in what way and under what conditions? In their article Christoph O. Meyer, of King’s College London, Eric Sangar, of FNRS/University of Namur and Eva Michaels, of King’s College London, develop a … Continued


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ARTICLE: Chat apps bring journalists new possibilities, but also dilemmas

Mobile chat apps offer journalists new opportunities for interacting with sources, write Valerie Belair-Gagnon and Colin Agur, both of University of Minnesota, with Nicholas Frisch, of Yale University. The authors interviewed 34 foreign correspondents based in Hong Kong and China. The authors recognized two areas of chat app use, taking place either in open or … Continued


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ARTICLE: Why do journalists rely on unverified sources?

How do journalists decide which distant sources they can use, asks Florian Wintterlin, of University of Muenster. Wintterlin interviewed 12 German journalists, whose work often involves using distant sources, such as social media accounts posting from Syria. Verification of information is still valued by the journalists, but often the journalists lack the time and other … Continued


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ARTICLE: Truthmeter helps journalists evaluate credibility of Twitter contributors

How can algorithms help journalists judge the credibility of sources? Richard Fletcher, of the University of Oxford, Steve Schifferes, of City University London, and Neil Thurman, of Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, examine the tool ‘Truthmeter’, created for evaluating Twitter sources. Truthmeter is “a tool that automatically scores the journalistic credibility of social media contributors … Continued


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ARTICLE: How to verify social media information?

Journalists today often utilize social media borne information in their work, especially in breaking news situations. Verifying that information, however, can be tricky. An international team of researchers interviewed 22 journalists from three countries over their verification practices, and additional five journalism students were observed during a crisis exercise. The biggest problems related to verifying … Continued


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CFP | 31.7. | Have digital sources changed journalism?

A special issue of Digital Journalism is calling for papers. The issue wants to showcase research that focuses or is related to one of four aspects of online sourcing in journalism. Quote from the original call: “First, we ask which online sources are most prominent within journalistic reporting, and/or whether they have replaced more traditional … Continued