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ARTICLE: South Korean media is highly negative toward e-cigarettes

Sei-Hill Kim, James F. Thrasher, Yoo Jin Cho and Joon Kyoung Kim, of University of South Carolina, and Myung-Hyun Kang, of Hallym University (not in original order), analysed newspaper articles and television news transcripts, to study the quantity and the nature of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) coverage in South Korea. The study also examines the sources, topics, tones etc. of … Continued


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ARTICLE: TV health news use most sources

Health news on television are more “richly sourced” than similar news on radio, in print, or online, Joyce Stroobant, Rebeca De Dobbelaer, and Karin Raeymaeckers (all of Ghent University) write. The authors analysed the health-related news pieces 35 Belgian news outlets published in February 2015 (N=981). The average number of sources used in TV health … Continued


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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