ARTICLE: When a company is in a crisis, journalists’ attention shifts away from the CEO

A company’s chief executive officer (CEO) is usually its most visible public representative. However, in a time of crisis, journalists’ attention moves towards the company’s board members, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz researchers Nora Denner, Thomas Koch and Stephanie Senger discovered. The authors set out to investigate how personalized crisis coverage is – in other words, … Continued


ARTICLE: Which sources would journalists choose for immigration news?

Elite sources tend to dominate the coverage of immigration, but when journalists have the chance they include more immigrants’ voices. Akhteruz Zaman, of Massey University, and Jahnnabi Das, of University of Technology Sydney, came to the conclusion after analysing 525 news articles published by six newspapers in six countries. Zaman and Das made a distinction … Continued


ARTICLE: Business interests are more prominent in news than thought

Business interests have much greater presence in news than previously thought, University of Amsterdam researchers Ellis Aizenberg and Marcel Hanegraaff write. The authors analysed of over 350 000 British and Dutch newspaper articles, taking into account which “organized interests” were present in them. Earlier studies had shown business interests’ presence in the news was not … Continued


ARTICLE: #GamerGate failed to capture the news agenda, confirming its adherents’ worldview

Despite the so-called “gamergaters’” attempts, news media eventually leaned away from their preferred interpretation of the #GamerGate events, Bridget M. Blodgett, of University of Baltimore, writes. Blodgett analysed 500 news articles published on the controversy since 2014. The #GamerGate controversy began with an American game developer, Zoë Quinn, of being accused of bribing journalists for … Continued


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ARTICLE: Online journalism rarely meets all audience expectations

When it comes to sourcing practices, online journalism often fails its audience’s expectations, a study from Finland suggests. Ville Manninen, of University of Jyväskylä, compared the expectations of young adult Finns to real-life sourcing practices in Finnish online journalism. An analysis of 36 news items from 3 newsrooms and 12 journalists revealed that, on average, … Continued


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ARTICLE: Data journalism producing abstract categories

The world around us is not naturally organized into categories for statistical analysis. For the purposes of data journalism, discrete, unique incidents, events, and people must be rendered as similar, so that abstract categories may be created and compared, a new study states. Wilson Lowrey and Jue Hou, of the University of Alabama, studied data … Continued


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ARTICLE: Australian papers prioritize business over nature

The discourse surrounding the protection of the Great Barrier Reef has become increasingly business-oriented in Australian newspapers, Kerrie Foxwell-Norton, of Griffith University, and Claire Konkes, of University of Tasmania, write. The authors compared the topic’s coverage in four newspapers in 1981 and 2012. Foxwell-Norton and Konkes’ sample focused on two important events of mediatized environmental … Continued


ARTICLE: Official leaks receive more attention than citizens’ leaks

Leaks are important sources for journalism. Authors Víctor Sampedro, F Javier López-Ferrández and Álvaro Carretero, all from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, divided leaks first into two types: official ones (the Monedero Case and the Pujol Case) and those originating from citizens (the Falciani List). According to the authors, official leaks are carried out by elites … Continued


ARTICLE: How journalists give think tanks their authority

The way journalists cite think tanks can help construct them as authoritative sources, Andrew Chadwick, of Loughborough University, writes with Declan McDowell-Naylor, Amy P. Smith and Ellen Watts, all three of Royal Holloway, University of London. The authors analysed the way British broadcasters referred to the think tank Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) prior to … Continued