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ARTICLE: How do terror attack survivors feel about journalists?

On 22.7.2011 a terrorist attack killed 77 people in Norway, most of them youth on a summer camp on Utøya island. A total of 490 campers survived the massacre, many of whom were contacted by the media for interviews. How did contact with journalists, and the subsequent coverage, affect the survivors? Researchers from the Norwegian … Continued


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REPORT: Source protection in the UK must be strengthened

New legal and technical developments have made British journalists more vulnerable to spying by the state, a recent report states. It is based on a meeting of 25 “investigative journalists, representatives from relevant NGOs and media organisations, media lawyers and specialist researchers”. The report was prepared by the Information Law & Policy Centre, affiliated with … Continued


New International Journal of Communication out now

The International Journal of Communication has just published a new issue and a special section on digital citizenship and surveillance. The both include a bunch of intriguing articles for those interested in journalism. Take a look at these for example: Masahiro Yamamoto, Seungahn Nah and Deborah Chung: U.S. Newspaper Editors’ Ratings of Social Media as Influential News … Continued


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ARTICLE: The plurality of Muslim sources in British news media

Previous research has characterized media organizations as institutions which portray Muslims in a quite monolithic way, argues Michael B Munnik of Cardiff University. In his new article, Munnik proposes that the process of representation in more complex. In the qualitative study Munnik conducted ethnographic interviews and participant-observation in Glasgow between 2012 and 2014, studying both … Continued


ARTICLE: The citizen as a source of information

Citizens are newscast viewers, but they are also establishing themselves as sources of information, write Inês Mendes and Raquel Martins, both of Universidade do Minho. The article aims to understand the role the citizen plays in in the Portuguese public service news. The study is based on a content analysis of 21 broadcasts of Jornal da Tarde. Results … Continued


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ARTICLE: Tips from sources lead to more influential stories

Investigative journalism is more likely to produce policy changes when the investigation is launched by a tip from a source, Gerry Lanosga, of Indiana University Bloomington, and Jason Martin, of DePaul University College of Communication, write. The authors analysed 757 journalist descriptions of investigative projects, lifted from the archives of the Investigative Reporters and Editors … Continued


ARTICLE: Media coverage of violence against women

Article by Margaret Simons, and Jenny Morgan, of University of Melbourne, explores the use of sources by journalists reporting violence against women (VAW) in Australia. The authors argue that until recently, violence against women has not been reported as a social problem but rather by focusing on seemingly isolated events, and that journalists strongly rely … Continued


ARTICLE: Globalisation, as told by Finland’s leading paper

When covering the topic of globalisation, Finland’s largest news daily Helsingin Sanomat legitimized only the pro-globalisation narrative of the debate, Lotta Lounasmeri, of University of Helsinki, writes. Lounasmeri analysed HS‘s stories mentioning “globalisation” between 1998 and 2004. Globalisation started out as a rather consensual subject in HS‘s economy section, from where it moved first to … Continued


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ARTICLE: Social media offers journalists a glimpse into jihadism

Social media platforms are a valuable source for journalists seeking to report on jihadist extremists, Anna Grøndahl Larsen, of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, writes. Larsen interviewed 26 Norwegian journalists and editors, who have been involved in reporting violent extremism. Social media platforms, and especially Facebook, are invaluable in gaining information which … Continued


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ARTICLE: Journalists criticize surveillance but help normalize it

The news coverage of governmental mass surveillance helps to normalize and justify it, write Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Lucy K. Bennett and Jonathan Cable, all of Cardiff University. The authors analysed samples of surveillance-related news in UK’s national newspapers, and interviewed 11 UK journalists. The most common opinion expressed by sources in the stories was, that the … Continued