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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


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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ARTICLE: Big news agencies do not necessarily dominate international news coverage

Three transnational news agencies have dominated the wholesales of news. As media ecosystems are changing, so is the role of the agencies. Ali Rafeeq and Shujun Jiang of the United Arab Emirates University, examine the influence of Associated Press (AP), Reuters, and Agence France-Presse (AFP), titled the ‘Big Three’, on three online newspapers. The news … Continued


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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